In an industry where being talented is secondary and longevity is something of the past, the 2013 Miss Texas United States, Natalie Clarke (raised in Temple , TX and born in Panama City, FL,) has captured both of these entities. Coming from a background of performers, Natalie’s first encounter with singing was at age seven coming across an old record featuring her mother, Regini Evans.
It was then that she realized, her mother was the first black Temple High School Polyphonic singer. Although Natalie was from a low income single parent home, being raised by her mother, she still had a desire to make her father proud as well. George Clarke, ranking as Chief in the Air Force, the highest enlisted rank in the military, Natalie wanted to emulate her father. She decided to join the Reserves Officer Training Corp and continue on in her military training for the next six years. This is were she learned structure and discipline that would take her far in her future endeavors.
After her military training at the University of North Texas, Natalie felt a void which was filled by the love of dance after joining the “Ruckus”, a Hip Hop dance group. While strengthening her dance and vocal skills, Natalie was approached with an opportunity to compete in the Miss Texas USA pageant. From there, she embarked on many other modeling jobs like being a spokes model for Yums shoes and clothing, fashion model for Bill Belomy’s “Who’s Got Jokes”, a fashion model for Jet/Ebony magazine, and work for several swimsuit companies such as Tropic Beauty and Swimsuit International just to name a few. In 2006 Natalie reached a pivotal point in her entertainment career when she became a part of the Dallas Mavericks Dance squad. Here is where she truly became a team player, perfected her stage presence, and partook in a wide variety of community service.
Natalie is currently a part of the Daddy Drop Off Charity board, which helps aid in bringing families together. She is also a volunteer for Pearl Girls, which is an organization built around helping young girls achieve self confidence and build self esteem.
Natalie has taken vocal lessons from Los Angeles ’ best, Nick Cooper, who has also worked with artists like Ciara, and Beyonce Knowles. She also became lead singer for a local Dallas band, “The Function”, where she learned how to stimulate the crowd. One of her accomplishments was being one of four finalists in the Chevy/Essence “Voices of Tomorrow” singing contest. There, they competed in front of a celebrity judge panel consisting of Music Soul Child and Atlantic records.
The native Texan has shown her true passion for the arts in today’s society, from singer/song writer, to modeling and dancing. Natalie embraces these attributes that contribute to who she is today.
Becoming an independent business owner is another one of Natalie’s greatest accomplishments. She feels that with out free enterprise, people will not have the ability to decide how they want to live. With this business she has allowed herself to create the income she wants.
Along with her love of art, Natalie also plans on using her platform to encourage young girls that it does not matter where or how you start, but how you finish. She believes strongly in the fact that you can have anything if you set your mind to it and also take action towards getting it.