My name is Michelle Charlotte Thorlund, I am a 25 year old model from Orange County, California and I am representing the United States of America. I am the first of my family to be born in the United States of America. My father is from Denmark and my mother is from the Philippines. As the first and only of my family to be born in the USA, I have always shown pride in my heritage as well as my nationality. To me, it is so beautiful to represent the United States of America where people from all backgrounds and cultures live together while also celebrating their roots. I studied UI/UX Development at the University of California, Irvine. I believe that future is female, and as one of the few female students in my class, I choose to lead by example that women can also take part in workforces that are male-dominated. I am a lover of classical music. A special talent I possess is playing classical piano and I have been a pianist since I was 13 years old. I love expressing my joy for classical music and my two favorite composers are Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Throughout my life I have been extremely fortunate to pursue my dream of modeling. At the age of 18, I began modeling in Los Angeles and since then, my career has exceeded the dreams I once had for myself. I have traveled throughout the Philippines for my modeling career as well as throughout the United States of America. Recently, I have been modeling as an ambassador for Pinay Magazine which showcases Filipina models to the world. My achievements in my modeling career have brought me to be featured across multiple of the largest US billboards in Times Square, Las Vegas and Los Angeles representing Asian American beauty to the masses. I am so honored and proud to represent the United States of America at the 50th Miss Intercontinental pageant.