COLUMBIA — A 17-year-old woman from Chapin is the new Miss Teen USA.
K. Lee Graham won the crown Saturday night in the Bahamas.
Graham plans to spend her yearlong reign promoting her Beauty Secrets campaign, emphasizing that being beautiful is about being happy with who you are and how you treat others instead of striving for an impossible model of perfection.
She has her own blog at www.livebeautifullyblog.com/ where she writes about her journey to the national pageant and her life. A month before the national pageant, she was volunteering for Vacation Bible School at her church.
On her blog, she sums up her platform on beauty this way: “Beauty is not based on the way you look. Beauty stems from your character, from the way you treat others, from your service, and from your faith.”
After Miss Universe Gabriela Isler put on her new crown Saturday, Graham said it was literally a dream come true.
“I don’t know how many times I went to bed thinking about this and woke up in the morning thinking about this,” Graham said.
During the interview portion, Graham was asked how people 100 years from now would remember the teens of today.
“I hope they will say we were agents of change,” Graham answered.
Graham is an honor student and enjoys performing in the theater.