Runway Ritual

Carrollton’s Franklin a veteran
of pageantry competition

She is competing for the
Miss Kentucky title in late July

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (July 2012) – For as long as she can remember, Hayley Franklin has been competing in beauty pageants. Proving that beauty is not only skin deep, she is also making a difference in her community.
Franklin, a Carrollton, Ky., native, has been competing in pageants since she was 5 years old. Her mother, Crystal Franklin, started her in beauty pageants, but when she was older, “I realized what a great advantage there is to them,” she said. “I just kept competing.”
Crystal Franklin, said, “The main reason I started her in pageants is that my husband and myself are shy, and we wanted her to be able to speak in public and be outgoing.”

Hayley Franklin

Photo provided

Hayley Franklin
says her experiences
have given her
personal confidence.

The best part about competing is “the friends that you meet. I enjoy their company,” said Franklin, 22.
She will be competing in the Miss Kentucky Pageant on July 12-13 with the final to be held on July 14 at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Ky.
For the 2012 pageant season, she will also compete for the title of Miss Kentucky County Fair, and will compete for the fifth time in the Madison Regatta pageant on July 2.
Franklin recently graduated from Northern Kentucky University in May 2012 with a degree in communications. She minored in public relations and plans to “go in a public relation’s direction with my career,” she said.
“She is very, very involved in the community,” said her mother. “It’s a daily thing with her. She constantly wants to give back to the community.”
Franklin’s involvement with the community began in high school, having been part of the student council and Students Against Destructive Decisions, in addition to many other high school organizations. Once in college, she continued volunteering.
Franklin has been a commission member and is presently secretary of the Carrollton Planning and Zoning Commission. She was recommended by Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry to serve on the commission, and she may even run for City Council during the next election.
Some of the organizations Franklin has lent a helping hand to include the local March of Dimes campaign, Carrollton River Sweep, Disability Awareness Walk, Special Olympics and the Polar Bear Plunge.
When she enters pageants, Franklin’s platform is the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. She has been involved in the latter “for a really long time,” she said. For the last few years she has taken part in the local Relay for Life project with a team and raised more than $10,000 so far. Last year alone, $3,000 was raised.
Franklin said she has “been involved with a lot of organizations.” She is partial to Relay for Life because she has an aunt who is a breast cancer survivor and her father is a skin cancer survivor. With her community involvement and positive attitude, she hopes to show others that “you can be a survivor.”
Franklin sits on the Carroll County Fair Board and is coordinator of the Carroll County Fair pageant. She holds several different titles across the state: Miss Springtime of Hope, Miss Carroll County 2009 and Miss Leslie County 2011. She is also the Miss Kentucky County Fair Miss Congeniality out of 91 girls around the state.
If Franklin wins the Miss Kentucky Pageant, she will be eligible to compete in the Miss America Pageant.
Her mother said, “I would love for her to win the Miss Kentucky Pageant. She has a great shot at wining – as much as anybody.”
Crystal often travels to pageants with her daughter and helps in her gown selections and with other pageant duties. “I haven’t missed one pageant,” she said. “I’m her left-hand man.”
Franklin also has a brother who competed in pageants until age 7. “But with boys, it’s different,” her mother said. “Her father and I wish her all the best in the world.”

• Hayley Franklin’s Internet webpage can be found on Facebook by searching “Hayley Franklin for Miss Kentucky 2012” and there you can find a website to vote her into the top 11 finalists at Miss Kentucky. http://www.misskentuckypageant.com/id70.html.

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