"When a boy opens the door, I want him to go in first," the new Miss Indian Farmington said.
The 16-year-old pageant veteran has a similarly strong message for other Native teens in Farmington: Be yourself. Respect your culture. Don't let your mistakes hold you back.
Bolding grew up in both Shiprock and Farmington. "In Shiprock, younger people are more involved in tradition," she said. "Being out here, kids my age and younger are ashamed of being Native American. They don't participate in events ... they make fun of things, kind of teasing."
That's at least in part, she said, because young people encounter prejudice, and she isn't immune. After she moved to Farmington permanently in the seventh grade, for a time she rejected the Navajo traditions her aunt taught her.
Looking forward, the incoming high school junior wants to either enter the military, then join the FBI or the CIA, or become a fashion designer. "I want to make something of myself," she said. "I want to show people that if you work hard, you'll get it."