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A Fitness Regimen Fit For A Queen

Congratulations to 24-year-old Emma Wo, who was crowned Miss Hawaii USA Nov. 23 at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa.

A former Miss Hawaii Teen USA, Wo wowed the judges, taking top scores in both interview and swimsuit phases.


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In preparation for the pageant, Wo worked with personal trainer Matt Jones to “tone up” through proper diet and exercise.

“I ate a lot of lean protein, healthy complex carbs and lots of vegetables, of course,” she says. “I also worked out twice a week with my trainer. We did a lot of strength training with my own body weight, and a lot of squats and lunges. And then on my off days I would go to the gym and take classes or go for a run outside at the park.”

Luckily for Wo, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall, exercising and dieting were not too difficult because she enjoys being active. She’s also normally a healthy eater, although she admits to having a sweet tooth, especially for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

She also allows herself one cheat meal a week, which is good because she’s a big fan of pizza, pasta with garlic bread, fried rice and orange chicken.

“I really like to workout,” says Wo, who was a spin instructor and played volleyball

at Punahou School. “I think it’s important to find a fitness regimen that works for you and it has to be fun. So for me it’s classes, such as Zumba, kick-boxing, yoga, and sometimes I’ll take bootcamp classes.

“Also, having a workout buddy makes it so much easier and keeps you accountable, even if it’s not a personal trainer. My sister Liza and I would often hike Koko Head.”

The youngest of three sisters, Wo graduated from Scripps College in 2012, earning a degree in media studies with a minor in English literature. She works as a senior account executive at Bennet Group Strategic Communications.

“One day I would like to have my own PR firm and blend it with one of my other passions, which is fashion,” she says. “I interned at Vogue magazine in 2011 and always had that fashion bug too.”

As for her top health and beauty tips: Drink water and wear sunscreen. “Make sure you get at least eight cups a day,” she says. “It’s something I recently started doing, and I’ve noticed my skin is a lot more hydrated and I feel a lot healthier.Also, for me, I try to wear sunscreen every day. Or I try to stay out of the sun in general because I’m fair.”