Sat04192014

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Homeless pageant winner stays grounded

Miss Colorado Blair Griffith
In June, Blair Griffith, Miss Colorado USA 2011, will compete in the Miss USA pageant. Right now, she’s homeless. In June, Blair Griffith, Miss Colorado USA 2011, will compete in the Miss USA pageant. Right now, she’s homeless.

 
 Blair Griffith

Griffith, 23, and her mother, Bonita, were evicted from home in the Denver area one month after Griffith won the title in October. She lives with a friend and is focused on the June pageant.

Griffith is acquainted with adversity. She was 14 when her father died of cancer. Her mother had a heart attack three years later and no longer was able to work. She graduated with honors from the Art of Institute of Colorado. She works at Saks Fifth Avenue. That store, however, is set to close next month.

In an interview with a Denver-area television station (9News), Griffith said, “I feel like these are all just moments that are teaching me how to be a stronger person.”

That’s the message that anchors her presentations to schools across the state.


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