On November 3, 2013 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center Mariela Pepin was crowned Miss Maryland Teen USA 2014 among a field of 86 contestants. Although this was Mariela's first attempt for the title, she has been modeling since the age of three with her first runway appearance being at a German fashion show. She has taken acting classes at the Youth Film Academy and was the winner of a modeling and acting contract from Audition America, a national scouting program.
She was born in Puerto Rico, has lived in Germany, has traveled to France and Czechoslovakia. She has lived in Hawaii for six years and has been a Maryland resident for seven. Mariela attributes her exciting lifestyle of world travel to being the daughter of an active duty army soldier and a mother who is also employed by the United States army. Her father, Charlie Pepin and her mother, Edna Solis have given the majority of their lives to serving our country. Being an army brat, though not always easy, has taught Mariela to be adaptable to any new situation, experience and culture. Being of Puerto Rican decent she loves exploring her birth country's traditions and lifestyles and incorporating them in to her daily life. She is fluent in Spanish, is a fourth year French student, and has studied American Sign Language.
Mariela graduated from Meade Senior high school one year early and is now a freshman at Towson University. She is pursuing a degree in communications. Outside of school, Mariela's passions include community service. She enjoys volunteering with various organizations, including Happy Helpers for the Homeless and Operation Welcome Home. While visiting Puerto Rico, she initiated a service project which consisted of seeking group members to participate in serving tasks such as visiting nursing homes, cleaning beaches, and covering graffiti with murals.
Mariela is also passionate about promoting healthy living and self-esteem building. She is the creator of the program Healthy, Beautiful, Confident, (HBC), which aims to use her personal experience to promote and inspire others to embark on the journey to live life with a positive attitude. She plans to travel around the state of Maryland speaking to schools and other organizations to promote the HBC initiative. She hopes to encourage people to visit her blog, Healthybeautifulconfident.blogspot.com.
As exciting as it is to be crowned Miss Maryland Teen USA, Mariela is most excited to promote the HBC initiative and encourage her peers to live a healthy lifestyle allowing them to lead a confidently beautiful life.