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June 1, 2013

SCC beauty competing for Miss USA crown

Whitley City, Ky. —

Somerset Community College can already claim one Miss USA. Might another be on the way?
Allie Leggett of McCreary County is in the running for the coveted Miss USA title later this month in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pageant, which will be held June 15, features state winners from all around the nation, and Leggett is representing the Bluegrass as Miss Kentucky.
Leggett — who enrolled in SCC this past semester to take online courses while focusing on her pageant preparation after having previously attended Western Kentucky University — has set her academic focus on the field of psychology.
Leggett, of Whitley City, won the title of Miss Kentucky USA 2013 in January, a veteran of the circuit even at age 19 after having competed twice before for Miss Kentucky Teen USA and other pageants.
Held annually since 1952, the winner of Miss USA goes on the represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant, now owned and operated by famed businessman and reality TV personality Donald Trump.
“She’s been in pageants since she was 12 years old,” said her mother, Pam Leggett. “Me and her sisters always made sure she did what she wanted to do (in entering the competitions). It always came through sponsors; we never had the money to do it ourselves.”
If Allie Leggett wins Miss USA, she’ll move to New York for a year to live in the famed Trump Towers with the reigning Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA, and will become a jet-setter, staying busy traveling all over the world, doing photo shoots, and working with various good causes.
Her state title has also presented the opportunity to work more with children, something Leggett loves. She said she’s been able to go into schools and talk to kids — even at Tuesday’s party, she was happy to sign autographs for her littlest fans — and specifically working with the organization Best Buddies, which helps young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Leggett has also followed in the footsteps of many beauties before her by working with the USO (United Service Organizations) to support the country’s troops.

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