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For Christina Johnson, becoming involved in beauty pageants wasn’t about taking home the sash and crown, but instead about gaining confidence. Like many young women Johnson’s age, confidence in who they are and what they want to be may be hard to come by.
The poise and confidence she has gained will serve her well as she chases her next dream – a college scholarship.
Johnson will be one of about 50 young women representing different areas of the state in the Miss Kentucky Collegiate Pageant, held Feb. 16 in Somerset.
Johnson will represent the northern Kentucky area with a chance to go on to the Miss Collegiate America pageant in Orlando, Fla. later this year.
“I know the previous Miss Kentucky Collegiate and there are Facebook pages about it,” Johnson said. “That’s how I found out about it. I just had to apply to be in it and write an essay on a couple of different areas, like why I would be a good leader if chosen.”
Johnson began participating in local pageants two years ago, including the Miss Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show pageant and the Miss Gallatin County pageant.
In Sept. 2012, Johnson was crowned Miss Bully Basher, a title that has led her to primary and elementary schools in Lexington to speak out against bullying.
“I like that the bully basher pageant is more than just a beauty pageant,” Johnson said. “It gives the opportunity to speak out against something that has become a real problem and to hopefully end bullying.”
Johnson has been to three schools in Lexington and said once Christmas break ends, she plans to speak to students at Owen County Elementary School.
The Miss Collegiate Kentucky also has an anti-bullying platform and instead of just a crown and sash, the winner also receives money to put them through college.
If chosen as Miss Collegiate Kentucky, Johnson would have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Collegiate America pageant held in July, where the winner receives $10,000 worth of prizes.
Johnson is the 20-year-old daughter of Dr. Larry Johnson and Carol Mollette.