Sometimes the best things can be found in the most unlikely places. Finding money on the ground, a wedding ring hidden in a champagne glass or even a beauty queen on a college campus. Georgia State’s own Jasmyn Wilkins was crowned Miss Georgia 2012 and is on her way to representing our school and state in the Miss USA 2012 pageant this June.
The Miss Georgia competition took place on Nov. 19 and consisted of 70 women vying for the crown. Wilkins, a junior pre-nursing major, was increasingly surprised to hear her name called as the contestants got narrowed down.
“It was crazy,” she said. “They called my name last in the top 15 and I was super ecstatic to even be in the top 15, and then they called me last again in [the] top 5. After having never done a pageant and then to win was surreal.”
With a father, brother and uncle that were all a part of the NBA, Wilkins thought that she would go into sports growing up. Although people often suggested that she try going into pageants, she was inspired to participate after seeing that there may be more to pageant participants than she originally thought.
“I was watching the Miss USA pageant and I saw that they were smart girls. They weren’t just pretty faces, and I was inspired to try it out and see how I could do,” Wilkins said.
The new perception of pageant participants may have compelled Wilkins to look into Miss Georgia, but the community service aspect of the pageant was what she really looked forward to. Even without the requirement of a platform for Miss Georgia contestants, she went in with the intent to help volunteer at hospitals and schools more so than for the standards of beauty that the competitors strive to achieve, but after practicing for the pageant, she came to realize that she is beautiful.
Since gaining the title, Wilkins has gone on to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, visited schools to address topics like bullying and drinking and additionally gave her time to hospitals like Egleston Hospital and Scottish Rite.
As time winds down to the moment when all eyes are on Wilkins and her competition in the Miss USA 2012 pageant, she will be preparing for everything that comes her way both professionally and academically.
She said that she expects more events to be lined up for her this year and plans to find a balance between her duties as Miss Georgia and school, taking on 15 credit hours this semester.
“A lot of girls who get into theses pageants, they’ll put school on the back burner or just not go at all, but I really want to keep up with my academics while doing all of this, because I think that it’s one of the most important things,” Wilkins said.
Published January 10 in The Signal: “Signal Spotlights – Student: Jasmyn Wilkins”