Kristina Anderson is about to prove to the country that she isn't just another pretty face when she competes at next month's Miss Arizona pageant. She's going to show us all what a determined, self-possessed, and beautiful survivor looks like. That's because the 25-year-old Illinois native spends her nights brushing up on her interview skills and going evening gown shopping after spending her days receiving eight hours of chemotherapy to treat a rare form of ovarian cancer.
Kristina says she made the decision to enter the Miss USA Preliminary pageant after she was diagnosed with blue cell cancer in July. While I can't imagine doing anything but sitting around and feeling pity for myself, this brave young lady felt that entering the pageant would be a good distraction for her and that it might inspire other girls with illnesses to keep focused on their goals.
I'm the opposite of a fan of pageants, but I'm actually impressed by the Miss USA organization after hearing its representatives rave about Anderson and her infectious positivity. This may be just the kick in the rhinestoned rear the pageant needs to begin really representing a more diverse range of contestants.
Kristina won't be donning a wig that resembles the flowing locks of the other contestants. Instead, she will be wearing a series of beautiful head scarves. Let's hope she goes even further and removes her scarf to show America just how gorgeous she is -- inside and out. I'm also hoping she gets an opportunity to mention at the pageant that her insurance company hasn't covered her first six months of chemo and that their family is struggling to pay their medical bills. For better or worse, this young woman has life experiences under her belt and a lot to share with the world, and I look forward to cheering her on next month.
What do you think about Kristina's decision to compete in the Miss Arizona pageant?
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