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Homeless Beauty Queen

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Homeless Beauty Queen

I was watching the news magazine show, 20/20, over the weekend and one story literally brought tears to my eyes.  It was about homeless beauty queen, Blair Griffith.  I initially thought, "here's another pageant girl looking to score sympathy votes."  Having competed in pageants both in the USA and my native country, Jamaica, I've come across so many different girls who would do everything in their power to win that crown.



After watching the interview, I had a much different feeling.  It turns out that under no fault of her own, Blair and her mom were evicted from their home in Colorado.  Even though they have not been living on the streets, they still have no place to call their own.  The part that really made me tear up is when the reporter reveled that her dad, who happened to be her biggest pageant supporter, had passed away from cancer.  Also, her mom had had a heart attack.  Both occurrences led to high medical bills, which ultimately caused their financial struggles.  Once evicted, Blair did not make this information public.  The cat was let of the bag when someone offered to conduct an interview at her home.  

The obvious happy ending is that she received a lot of help from various sponsors and she will be competing for the Miss USA crown on Father's Day.  Unfortunately, her dad won't physically be there to support her.  But, I'm sure he will be there in spirit.

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6 Comments:

At June 19, 2011 at 9:39 PM , Blogger beautylogicblog said...

Such a beautiful story. FYI: My hubby is Jamaican too.

 
At June 20, 2011 at 9:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These stories are becoming more commonplace every day. I wish the very best for this young lady.

 
At June 21, 2011 at 6:33 PM , Blogger This Cookn' Mom said...

Wow! What a story. I'm sure she will make the most of her experiences and become a great and successful person in this life.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have the most adorable family.

 
At June 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Your hubby is Jamaican too?! Tell him I said "Wah a gwaan?"lol.

I wish Miss Colorado would have made top 10:( You all are right though, I think she will become successful at whatever she does. I wish her the best. Such a nice story!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Anonymous Alecia Reid said...

wow! this is a sad story with a bittersweet ending. i'm sure she will make her dad proud!

 
At October 20, 2011 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

She's didn't end up placing in the pageant, but I'm sure she made her dad proud.

 

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