Get to Know You – Andrea Cantu – National Grand Talent

Andrea Cantu

State Titles

2009 TX State Petite Model & Glamour Girl

2010 TX State Petite Diamond Girl

2011 TX State Miss Congeniality

2012 TX State Supreme ODM

2013 TX State Queen of Queens

2014 TX State Supreme Model

2015 TX State Young Miss Diamond Girl

2016 TX State Young Miss Model, Glamour, Photogenic, & Portfolio

2018 TX State Supreme ODM

2021 TX State Supreme ODM

National Titles

2014 National Young Miss Sweepstakes

2017 National Sweethart & National Teen Miss Diamond Girl

2019 National Supreme Model

2020 National Elegant Miss Diamond Girl

2021 National Elegant Miss Model

2023 National Grant Talent

Who is Andrea Cantu?

I am Andrea Nicole Cantu. I am the currenty 2023-2024 National Grand Talent.

I grew up in Lamesa, Texas, a small town right outside Lubbock, Texas. I started Our Diamond Miss in the year of 2005 which at the time I was 2 years old.

My mom stumbled upon a preliminary pageant that was happening right inside a local mall. The sweetest lady named Paula Parker strongly encouraged us to get started in a pageant system named, “Our Diamond Miss”, and the rest is history. I have competed with ODM for a whole 17 years.

Because of Miss Paula, I was able to make some of my wildest dreams come true. She believed in me when I did not believe in myself. Even through all of my stages of life, she knew I had it in me to succeed.

Andrea, what do you currently do outside of pageants?

Currently, I am a professional wrestler. I wrestle under the name Drea and a wrestler all over the state of Texas and soon to be country!

I train under the former WWE superstar Dustin Rhodes at the Rhodes Wrestling Academy. I have had the opportunity to hold and represent the academy is the RWA women’s champion.

I one day hope to be on TV for any televised wrestling company, but esspecially WWE.

What is your favorite memory?

I feel I have way to many to choose from but if I had to pick it would be the year of 2019.

That summer I had given to up my Texas State Supreme title and was headed to Nationals. This time it was make or break. I wanted a white banner so bad that I promise myself I would give it everything I got or maybe pageant were not meant for me.

During that time, I spend endless hours practicing routines, researching outfits, asking interview questions, anything and everything you can think of to prepare.

Miss Paula was my backbone. She knew just how bad I wanted a title and she was there to support me every step of the way. Nationals rolls around, it was competition time!

I felt it ALL on that state just hoping the judges were on my side that year. It is now time for crowning. The nerves are at an all time high. I had made top 5 modeling and it was time to see what the results were.

I pulled 4th runner up. I was confused but hopeful could it be that I pulled for an overall? No way. Never winning a national title and the first one being an overall seemed impossible. Until “contestant number 90” was called for National Supreme Model.

Miss Paula, my mother, and myself jumped out of our seats! I could NOT believe it. Everything was so surreal.

The reason I say this is my favorite memory was not only the rewarding feeling of after 9 years being up there with my first white banner or the fact that it was an overall. It was that nothing meant more to me than seeing the two women who believed in me, most proud of all my hard work. It will forever be imprinted in my mind the amount of joy that shined in all 3 of us that day.

Favorite Quote to live by:

I have one that has always kept me going.

“What would you do if you were not afraid?”

What advice do you have for new families joining ODM?

This is a system where friends become family.

Everyone supports one another. Whether you are the contestant or the pageant family member, there is something for everyone.

Not only does it benefit the girls future, but this pageant system really does teach children how to deal with both wins and loses, how to work hard and believe in themself, gives them interview skills that can help in the future, and not to mention how to feel beautiful in their own skin. It gives you the confidence to go out in the world and do whatever you want to do even if it seems crazy.

I had the priveledge to grow up in it.

A thank you to everyone who let the opportunity be possible…

As I wrap up my last year ever as an Our Diamond Miss queen holding my last title as National Grand Talent. I cannot say enough thank yous.

This system has given me so much to be grateful for. It has given me a foundation to now go out and be successful in the world.

Thank you, Melanie and Ronnie, Molly and Kenny for all you do for this pageant system. It is one of a kind and I will forever be grateful for it.

A special thank you to mom and family. Because of all of you, I was able to experience some of the best years of my life.

As this is not a forever goodbye, just a see you on the other side. I am blessed to had the chance to leave my mark on this system.

Thank you, Andrea.