It was the 2014 Miss Earth Guam pageant, where Skye Celine Baker stole the hearts of everyone present. After winning award after award—Best in Swimsuit, Most Photogenic, and Best in Native Costume—she was crowned Miss Earth Guam 2015, a title that matched her perfectly. She was graceful, elegant and confident. And as the youngest contestant that year at 17, Skye already gave us a glimpse of one of her greatest qualities: her determination.
Since then, Skye has shown us that she’s more driven than ever. When she competed against more than 80 other women from around the world in the 2015 Miss Earth pageant held in Vienna, Austria, she landed in the Top 16, the farthest that a Guam candidate has reached in the competition’s 14-year history. But what may be more impressive than where she placed was how hard she worked to get there. Skye managed to fulfill all her pageant duties, even as she was still a full-time student, with an internship, to make Guam shine.
Now 19, it’s clear the former pageant queen is more than just a beauty with a cause, ready to make an even greater name for herself than what she already has. UNO recently caught up with the stunner and had the honor of getting to know her a little better.
First things first, Skye. We just have to ask: What’s the story behind your name?
"Long story short, when my parents first had my older sister, my dad wanted to name her Skye. But for some reason, no one in my family agreed to that name. When I was born, my dad still couldn’t get the name “Skye” out of his head. So my parents finally agreed on naming me Skye. According to my mom, when I was a baby, my dad would look at me and always say that one day my name will be in lights, and that I’ll become something big one day. This proved to be true when I decided to make a name for myself."
You definitely made a name for yourself with the Miss Earth pageant! Congrats on making it to the Top 16. How was the pageant experience for you?
"I went into the pageant saying, “You know what, Skye, [just] have fun with it.” I had a great time and met so many awesome people, whom I still keep in touch with. I’m proud that I won the Miss Friendship title when I competed, and I think one of the reasons for that was I made sure I talked to everyone, even if they didn’t speak the same language as mine. I’d even Google translate things during our conversations, and I think they appreciated my effort. It was really nice that they thought of me like that. But then again, it could’ve been that I was giving away Chamorro Chip cookies to everyone, too." (Laughs)
You gotta love those Chamorro Chip cookies. But we think you earned the Miss Friendship title because of you just being you. Is being friendly a normal part of your personality?
"Yes, definitely. I’m very spunky and social; I’m a social butterfly. I like to talk to people and ask questions. Yeah, I’m very talkative. (Laughs) Some people might say I talk too much, but I say it’s better than not talking at all, right?"
Right! Anything else about your personality that makes you stand out?
"I stay true to myself. I think it’s easy to get lost in the sauce sometimes, but no matter what happens in life, the good and the bad, just keep calm and continue to be you."
Let’s talk about life after the crown. What have you been up to since then?
"School. School. School. It never ends. One thing that my grandma used to tell my mom was that education is the one thing that cannot be taken away from you. It’s the one thing that you have to keep pushing for because at the end of the day, when you have nothing you still have your knowledge. I think about that a lot when I stress out with school."
Good advice. What are your plans after school?
"As of right now, I just moved to Oahu this past January. I’m pursuing business in marketing, because I feel that it's something I'd do well in. I’d like to bring what I learn back to Guam and maybe one day work in the family business. I have heard certain people say that in the old-fashioned days, a woman should not be as work driven as a man should be, but I don’t think it works that way anymore. It's a new generation! Women are doing big things these days. And one day soon I'll bring back some awesome business ideas for my island people. My overall goal that I push forward to everyday is to be a successful businesswoman."
We can see it happening! Switching gears now, what song best describes you?
"'Independent Woman' by Destiny’s Child. I just like that song because it’s all about women power and how you don’t need a man, and it's all about being comfortable with yourself. I think it best describes me when I'm at a high point in my life. On most days, though, I'm listening to Rihanna."
A hit from the 2000s, huh? Any trend from the decade you wish would make a comeback?
"Well, most of them already have. Chokers are here. The dark lipstick. The high-waist shorts. Let’s try going a little bit further back and bring back the 80s—I'm kidding!"
How about trends you wish should go back to the year they came from?
"Overalls. I don’t like them. They make me feel weird. I have not worn one since the trend came back. I just thought it was awkward. I mean, I wore it when I was five. Why would I want to wear one again?"
Do you have any tattoos? If not, do you plan to get any?
"Let me tell you my tattoo story. I walked into Lots of Art this past summer and called my mom saying, 'Mom, I have a tattoo.' She was screaming at me, telling me if I did get a tattoo that I shouldn’t even bother coming home. But, I ended up telling her, 'I’m kidding! I just wanted to see if I did get a tattoo, if you’d be okay with it.' (Laughs) So obviously, the tattoo never happened, and I ended up getting my bellybutton pierced instead."
But if you had gone through with getting inked, what would you have gotten?
"I’d very much like to get my zodiac sign tattooed small and somewhere hidden. But it’s a lot to think about. Tattoos are permanent, so I’d still have to think about it."
Why choose that for your first tattoo?
"I’ve always been into astrology. Ever since I was a kid, I remember going through the newspaper, looking for my horoscope. I’ve just kept up with it since then. I know some people say zodiac signs don’t mean anything and can be about anyone. But sometimes when you believe it, it actually happens. You never know."
Speaking of zodiac signs, what’s yours?
"I’m an Aquarius. I was born February 6, the same day as Bob Marley, so I do like reggae music."
Here’s another random question for you: What would make you unfollow someone on Snapchat?
"Excessive rants. Extremely long four-minute stories. Actually, I don't really know because I've never had to unfollow anyone on Snapchat yet. But if I were to do that, those would be the reasons why."
We all need a little mystery in our lives, even with social media, right?
"Yes we do. You don’t want to let everyone know what you’re up to. You gotta keep them guessing."
If you’re into mystery, does that include mysterious guys too?
"Yeah…I guess I’m into mysterious guys, too. (Laughs.) I like how they play off this whole front like they’re not really interested, but they are, and don’t want to tell you because they’re scared. I hate to compare the idea to a vegetable, but mysterious guys are like onions. You have to peel away their different layers to really get to know them. I think it's cute, but not all the time."
So is hard-to-get the way to get you?
"If you can make me laugh and you have a little weirdness in you, I’ll give you the time of day. If you make me laugh, you can count on a second date."
We’re sure all the guys will take note of that. So, another random question: what’s in your Netflix queue?
"Bates Motel. I just finished the first season, and I don't know what to think of it yet. In the beginning, I really liked the show, but when I got to season two I secretly started to like it even more. A good show I keep watching over and over again though is Gossip Girl. I really love Chuck Bass."
So, is Chuck Bass your type?
"Definitely. He has ambition and style, and he’s mysterious. That’s my kind of guy."
We’re sure you’ve heard your fair share of awkward things. What’s the most awkward thing a guy has ever said to you?
"Well, the cheesiest pickup line I’ve ever heard is, “Do you like kadu?” I was like, “Why?” because I didn’t know where he was going with it. Then he goes, “So I can kadu with you.” I was like, “Whoa!” That escalated very quickly." (Laughs)
Lastly, anything you’d like to say to our UNO readers?
"Shout out to the island. Thank you for supporting me."