Anna Melomud is not your typical Miss Ohio. She was born and raised in the Ukraine until she was 10 years old; she’s bilingual; and for kicks, she digs reading organic chemistry. All this is pretty fitting, considering she’s just shy of earning Biology and Premed degrees from Kent State University. In a few more years, the 22-year-old Melomud may just be known as Dr. Miss Ohio.
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, lets focus on the now.
The “now” marks Melomud’s reign as the 2006 Miss Ohio and C Magazine’s fourth year featuring a Miss Ohio on our cover. We’ve combined the looks (and brains) of our blond, blue-eyed pageant winner with some of the boldest, most innovative and eye-catching wheels on the market. It’s a sleek and classy combination this city’s never seen, with elements of corporate glam, urban chic and rugged cool coming together, while our state’s newest lady models front and center.
Not only did we get the scoop from Melomud on what drives a premed pageant winner through her quest for the ultimate crown; we explored the necessary drive to continue onward once the race and reign are over.
What made you want to participate in pageants and ultimately the Miss Ohio Pageant?
I think it’s been a dream of mine for a long time, but I never really thought I’d be competing in pageants when I was older. But the older I got, the more I wanted to. To become Miss Ohio is something every little girl wants. I’ve tried out before and this was my year.
What is the biggest cliché about pageant participants that you want to squash?
I think a lot people look at pageant girls as not necessarily the brightest people in the world. I think that is definitely cliché. I have applied to medical school and I want to be a physician.
How do you prepare for Miss USA? What are the steps you go
There is a lot of mental preparation that goes along with it. You have to keep yourself focused. Miss USA is, of course, the ultimate final goal. Working out is also a big part of it, so I’m doing Pilates three days a week.
Given the recent backlash to the Miss USA organization, is there anything that you are more cautious about?
I think it’s very important to be aware of your actions at all times, whether you are Miss Ohio, Miss USA or not. Because of what is happening with Miss USA, the people are looking at all pageant girls a little more cautiously. I think it’s very important to be careful of what you say and what you do, no matter if you are a titleholder or not.
Where do you plan to go to Medical School?
I want to stay in Ohio. I applied to a few of them, but I think I want to stay in my home state instead of going out.
Was it something you’ve wanted to do since you were a child?
Absolutely. I think it was my 8th or 9th birthday and I think I asked my parents for an encyclopedia, and that’s not something a little girl asks for. I’ve always wanted to learn, and I was always very curious.
Why family practice?
One of the priorities of a physician is to get to know the patient on a personal level, and I think family medicine allows them to do so. Not only do you get to know the patient, but the whole family altogether. I think when a physician has that connection with their patients, it allows them to provide better care.
If you win Miss USA, that means putting off school for a year. Are you prepared for that?
I am. I think Miss USA is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. School is very important, but this is a dream of mine, and it comes once in a lifetime. I think it’s very important to go with the flow, and I could only be so lucky.
What has been more intense so far – premed or Miss Ohio?
Oh geez. I don’t know. I believe they are both pretty unique and great in their own sense. Miss Ohio USA has been a great opportunity and so has premed, even though premed has been a little more work and staying up late and studying. I haven’t had to study for anything for Miss Ohio yet.
Are you looking forward to meeting Donald Trump?
Absolutely. I think he’s so much fun, and I think it will be great to see him in person, instead of on TV all the time.
What keeps you so motivated—professionally and personally?
Staying focused on the most important aspects of my life—my career and family.
Whom do you consider a mentor or inspiration?
My grandmother was diagnosed six years ago with breast cancer. She has since beaten this terrible illness, and I consider her an inspiration to all women.
Did your grandmother’s diagnoses intensify your desire to pursue a medical profession?
Yes. I think medicine has come such a long way from where it was, and I want to contribute to making medicine better.
This is an actual Ohio Driver’s Ed question, see if you get it right. If someone has consumed alcoholic drinks, what will help the person overcome the influence of those drinks? A. Tomato juice and lime B. Hot coffee C. Fresh air or D. Time
It’s gotta be D. Time.
What is a V-8?
An engine with 8 cylinders in shape of a letter “V”.
Name three songs with automotive or driving references in their titles?
“Life is a Highway” -Tom Petty, “Born to be Wild” - Steppenwolf, “Drive” – Incubus.
What’s your dream car?
I think it would have to be a convertible of some kind. I don’t have one, but I would love one, especially in the summer time.
What was your first car?
A Mazda Protégé.
How many times did it take for you to pass your driving test?
Just once. I was good.
Explain an appropriate outfit for a woman whose cruising in a:
- Lamborghini: a sundress and sunglasses.
- Fully-loaded Hummer: jeans, heels and a fun tank.
- Mini Cooper: dress pants and blouse.
- Topless Jeep Wrangler: jeans, sandals and a vintage T.
- Chromed-out Chrysler 300 with 20-inch rims: a knee-length skirt and a top.
- Brand new Yugo: sweats and a T-shirt.
- Feirro: worn-in, comfortable jeans.
5 CDs you’d take on a cross-country trip?
A Michael Jackson CD for sure, because I love Michael Jackson. I’ve loved him since I was a little girl. I would probably take a Country and Rock and Roll CD, and probably an R&B CD, and a CD that I could dance or workout to.
Have you ever thought of parlaying your title into a career in show business?
At this moment, I am focused on my career in medicine, but after I reach my goal of becoming an Osteopathic Physician, anything is a possibility!
Have you ever thought about being an actress?
No, I have never had the urge to pursue acting.
What is your typical scene?
A night in with friends, watching movies and catching up.
What’s the most ornery thing you’ve ever done?
Spend too much time and energy on school work and not spend enough time with my loved ones.
What are three things you consider must-haves for pageant competitors?
heels (if there is such a thing!), pictures of loved ones, and my favorite beauty products.
Ever been a part of or witnessed a fight backstage?
Fortunately, I have not.
But that’s where the pillow fights are?
Should Miss USA introduce a talent section in the competition, name three things you could do?
Sing, dance, and play the piano.
Which Barbie would you be?
If you were only allowed to use one cosmetic for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Moisturizer! Healthy skin is extremely important, so I make it a priority to have it with me at all times.
How many times to you think a contestant should be allowed to say the word “like” before being disqualified?
Preferably, no more than can be counted on one hand.
Be sure to watch Miss Ohio compete for the Miss USA crown on March 23rd on NBC.