Mekayla has over 16 years in the pageant industry, getting her start in the Miss America Organization. She was able to earn her way through college before aging out and, then, competing in the Miss Universe Organization. In 2014 she was crowned Miss Indiana USA and became a semi-finalist at Miss USA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After receiving praise about her "normal body" on social media, she had live interviews on national networks like CNN, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America. This phenomenon sparked her passion to helping others to become healthy not skinny. Mekayla now spends here time working on her new house with her husband in Bristol, Indiana while working as a real estate broker, fitness coach, and promotional spokes model for Lexus. She stays active in MAO as a Co-Director of Miss Collegiate North.