For 20-year-old Kirsten Haglund, the youngest-ever winner of the Miss America Pageant, this trip to Las Vegas means she will turn over her tiara and present it to the young lady who will step into her high-heeled shoes as the Miss America ambassador for the next 12 months.
The 2008 Miss America competition was only Kirsten’s third pageant! During her 12-month reign, she was a tireless advocate for the Children’s Miracle Network and has raised awareness about eating disorders. Before arriving in Vegas today, Kirsten, who won Miss Michigan before Miss America, talked with pageant coach Valerie Hayes on the radio network Pageant Talk.
“It was never in my plan. I never went with any expectation of winning,” Kirsten said. “In fact, at each pageant I competed in, I was the youngest girl. So I never had any expectation other than to have fun and to win some scholarships, and it all just happened very quickly for me. But of course I feel very blessed to have had the experiences I have had.