Before she had even been given the distinction of being crowned Miss Teen USA, Kamie Crawford—as well as the rest of her competing peers—received a very powerful glimpse at what this new title could possibly mean for the direction of their young lives. During this year’s competition, Miss Teen USA Stormi Henley made good on her career ambitions as she debuted her new single, “Quite Like Me”, thus proving that success and the title of Miss Teen USA go hand-in-hand.
Now that Kamie, the former Miss Maryland Teen USA, is settling in for her year of travel and endless work, she’ll have plenty of time to decide where she wants her new title to take her.
Pageantry magazine: Tell us a little bit about Miss Teen USA 2010 Kamie Crawford.
Kamie Crawford: I am 17-years-old and was crowned Miss Teen USA 2010 on July 24, 2010, at the beautiful Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
Before winning my first pageant title, Miss Maryland Teen USA, I attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, and I graduated in June of 2010 with a 4.0 GPA. I plan to attend the University of Alabama’s pre-med program in the fall of 2011, and hope to eventually become a dermatologist with my own skincare and cosmetics line.
I have been dedicated to cheerleading for the past seven years. I served as captain of my high school cheerleading squad, have been awarded numerous spirit awards for my devotion to the sport and was named Winston Churchill High School’s Outstanding Cheerleader of the Year in 2010. I also enjoy surfing the Web, going to the movies and singing in the shower.
With the love and support of my close knit family, where I am the oldest of five girls, I am encouraged to always think positively, to believe through hard work you can achieve anything, to speak everything into existence and to always smile.
PM: How did you come to the decision to compete for the Miss Teen USA title?
KC: My friend Jessica had competed in pageants and told me it was a lot of fun and she thought I would do really well. I was apprehensive at first, but I gave it my best shot and I’m so glad I did.
PM: How long have you competed in events with the glamour lifestyle industry?
KC: I have been a competitive cheerleader for almost eight years. I didn’t compete in my first pageant until October of last year.
PM: When you heard your name announced as Miss Teen USA, what was your first thought?
KC: All I could think was, “Oh my gosh!” I was ecstatic and so thrilled that my dream had come true.
PM: How have your family and friends reacted to your newfound celebrity?
KC: I don’t consider myself to be a celebrity. My family and friends are so excited for me and love to hear about my daily activities as a titleholder. Although I’m Miss Teen USA, I’m still the same Kamie, so I don’t think people treat me any differently.