Introduction to your Miss Minnesota International 2016 Candidate

“Jessica Wendland, 29, Hutchinson” is the 6-second introduction you will hear on stage at this weekend’s Miss Minnesota International pageant but I’d love to have the time to introduce myself a little bit more.

I was born in Hutchinson, MN, as Jessica Joy Wendland, firstborn to Curt and Julie Wendland.  I am blessed with two brothers, Josh, his wife Kellie, and daughter Collins, and Jake, a sophomore in college at South Dakota State University.  My parents are both entrepreneurs with my father working in the Tool and Die industry and my mother a CPA.  I graduated from Hutchinson High School with honors in 2004.  I ventured off to school at the College of St. Benedict, where I graduated with a degree in Management and a minor in Sports Medicine in 2007.  I continued to St. Cloud State University for my Masters of Business Administration in 2009.

Although I spent my first seven working years in banking, I have since launched two businesses of my own and become a proud, passionate, and loyal entrepreneur.  I’ve grown my Mary Kay business in eight years to hundreds of customers and 50+ consultants as well as owning a 24/7 fitness center with all the amenities.

Some of my favorite hobbies include running, teaching aerobics and spin classes, watersports such as wakeboarding, ski team, and swimming, as well as spending time with my family at our cabin in Litchfield.  I love shopping, doing my nails and hair, a fun girls night out, and spending time with those I love.  You can often find me in athletic gear ready to take on the next paved trail, hiking adventure, mud run, or obstacle course.

I believe in Jesus, loyalty, and the golden rule.  My personal mission is to build successful female entrepreneurs and women who believe in their dreams.  My business goal is to enrich women’s lives through my businesses of Mary Kay and America’s Fitness Center.  My goal as Miss Minnesota International would be to empower women through strength and beauty, while partnering with the non-profit Mary Kay Foundation to find a cure for cancer.

I’m so grateful for this opportunity and now that you know a little bit more about me – I’d love to know about you!  Please share!  I hope I get to see you at the pageant this Saturday!

Love and sparkles,





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