U of L student wins Miss Kentucky USA 2018

By on February 3, 2018

By Megan Brewer — 

U of L communication major Braea Tilford is taking a semester off in her quest to be Miss USA. She was crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2018 at the Jan. 27 pageant. Tilford was runner-up for the title in 2017 after a tie for the crown.

Tilford will compete in the 67th annual Miss USA pageant in 2018.

Tilford attended U of L from 2014 to 2017 and plans to finish her senior year in the upcoming summer term.

“After my crowning of Miss Kentucky USA 2018, I feel so very humbled and grateful,” Tilford said. “I tied for the win in 2017, ultimately walking away as 1st runner-up, so it was a very special moment for myself and family this time around.”

Tilford is a full-time model, professional speaker and the founder and CEO of Grow Lead Inspire. Grow Lead Inspire encourages self-love, education and leadership in teenage girls around Kentucky.

Tilford said winning Miss Kentucky USA allows her to positively impact her community.

“I have a social and societal responsibility to elevate those in my community who are either less fortunate, undeserved or simply seek to be empowered,” Tilford said.

In her time at U of L, Tilford had the opportunity to work with Student Activities Board to help produce the annual International Fashion Show, an event with over 850 attendees this year.

Photo Courtesy / Miss Kentucky USA Facebook 

About Megan Brewer

Opinion editor that's won first place awards, specifically for the piece "It’s time to give David Grissom the boot," and once got asked about being "injured in some horrific backyard barbeque."

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