And it’s not like it’s a vast organization either — SPICE is more or less just Killman and her mother Dana, going into middle and elementary schools and getting kids involved to bring in the stuffed teddy bears, making it a very intimate endeavor close to Killman’s heart.
That’s part of why she made it her platform for the Miss Teen Kentucky pageant, stressing how involved she is in the community and how many people she’s had the privilege of helping. That was a major factor in Killman’s victory — but not the only one.
There are four different components to the competition — swimsuit, evening gown, interview and on-stage questions.
The “beauty” aspect of the pageant is it’s own kind of challenge. In order to look good in the outfits contestants must wear, Killman says, there’s “a lot of working out and getting swimsuit ready.” That doesn’t mean you starve yourself, though — anorexia is not what the judges are looking for. Rather, “it’s living a healthy lifestyle, being healthy all around rather than beauty. They’re looking for someone who is toned and healthy and a good role model for younger girls.”
That means a lot of time in the gym for Killman and a lot of watching what she eats — she admits she treated herself to a piece of cake after her win but then declared, “It’s back to the diet” — but the more verbal portions of the competition come easier to Killman, a gifted speaker and student, as well as a creative talent, having taken part in Somerset Community College drama projects.
“I think I’m just an outgoing person; I love to talk,” she said. “I was on the speech team in middle schools. That’s when I first got past the fear of talking to people. I’ve won interview awards, read up a lot on current events, and I just love talking.”