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US beauty queen has crown, but no home

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 16:27 EDT
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LOS ANGELES – A US beauty queen has become the latest victim of the economic downturn — she is homeless and faces losing her day job, months before vying to be crowned Miss USA.

Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith and her mother have been living with a family friend since being evicted last November, after her father died and her mother suffered a heart attack.

She had only been crowned the previous month. “It was a difficult thing to go through to sit there and go, ‘Where are we going to go now?’” the 23-year-old told local 9news TV station.

Her troubles started nine years ago, when her father Gary died of cancer.

“I was sad. But I said, ‘I can’t spend my time being so sad about it because I know my dad,’” she said. “He wanted to see so much out of me.”

She won Miss Colorado Teen USA in 2006 on her fourth try — but then three years ago her mother Bonita had a heart attack, leading to major surgery which tested the family’s finances.

“Financially, it became difficult for us,” said Griffith, a magna cum laude graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado.

Then, as well losing her home, she is losing her job at a local branch of Saks Fifth Avenue, which is closing in March.

“You do sit there and go, ‘Oh gosh, not again.’ But at the same time I think it’s almost like a test .. to see if you can handle it, and what will you make out of your situation.”

Her next target is the national Miss USA title, to be decided at a pageant in Las Vegas on June 19.

“I could sit here and go, OK, ‘I’m technically homeless, and going through so much.’ But how can I complain when I have this great title, Miss Colorado USA, at the same time?”

“I have no place to complain about anything that’s going on in my life. There’s so many people that are going through the same exact situation. I hope to inspire people,” she added.

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  • Anonymous

    Without even seein her she has my vote. What she says is more substantive than anything I’ve ever heard from these contestants.

  • Anonymous

    Start a “reality” show with the “other” beauty queen from alaska. Bring back “Queen For A Day”, where the winners won home appliances and they didn’t even have running water or electricity, but had to pay the taxes on the winnings, while the capitalist pigs pimped the goods.

    I’m sure if you think real hard, you can figure out a use for your body. Don’t let education stop you.

  • Anonymous

    …….at least one: fishy-pants-palin.

  • Anonymous

    “I could sit here and go, OK,” well gee whiz Blair Griffith that sunny and positive attitude is just so gosh darn patriotic and inspiring!!! You betcha, wink, wink!
    Or “I could sit here and go, OK,” the fact is, Blair Griffith, the shit happening to you is not a “test”, there happens to be a class war going on in the USA — and you and your mother are on the losing side of that particular pageant.
    So, what you could be doing at this moment is using your Miss Colorado title for something lot more useful, worthwhile and important than yearning for another, bigger ‘n’ shinier crown if only you can just keep smiling through your tears. Instead you could use it as a loudspeaker for how the wealthy few are intentionally screwing over the vast majority of their fellow Americans and moving us all backwards in time, back to the days of the Robber Barons — so they may once again reign supreme, while the rest of us are left to rot and starve, homeless on the streets of this nation.

  • Anonymous

    Gad, if this isn’t the new “normal”, I don’t know what is. She could easily be Miss America if votes were counted by demographics. You know educated, job suddenly gone due to business closure, family bankrupted by medical bills….what a sad state of the Union we live in. What a political statement it would make were she to win the Miss USA crown and go on to the Miss Universe contest.

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