LINCOLN, Neb. — Lex Najarian was crowned as Miss Nebraska USA in January 2019 and now is preparing to compete in the Miss USA pageant while promoting health-related causes dear to her heart.
Najarian grew up in very sports-oriented environment because of her father and uncles’ early careers in football. She said, “I thought that I wanted to be a professional tennis player for a very long time. With sports being so prevalent in my life and my uncles’ and dad’s success it seemed achievable. I played tennis for about 12 years, from the time I was 4 to 16. I played in high school and loved it.” Born in Western Springs, Illinois, Alexis Nicole Najarian grew up in Connecticut and went to New Canaan High School there.
However, she thought she was better suited for track when she got to the age to apply to colleges. She switched to become a high jumper and a triple jumper for the track team and just played tennis for fun.
She modeled briefly when living in Connecticut and took a gap year after graduating high school in 2012, intending to model in New York City. She did some local work in Connecticut and did some shoots for a yoga and fitness company in New York. However, nothing really came of it, she said, “because I decided I wasn’t really that interested in it at that time of my life.”
She was working part time and went to school part time, but after the gap year reapplied to colleges and decided on the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her track work paid off because she ended up high jumping for one year at the University of Nebraska.
She studied psychology at the university and graduated in 2017. Her goal, she said, is to use her background for sport psychology. She said, “I would love to someday own my own gym, with a holistic approach to athletics, and incorporate sports nutrition and sports psychology into the physical training aspects of becoming elite in your sport.” In addition to a sports psychologist and sports nutritionist, she would hire coaches specialized in various sports, and help high school athletes from about 15 to 19 years old, to hone their skills so that they could compete at the college level.