Katie Blair

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Katie Blair
Beauty pageant titleholder
Katie Blair 2010.jpg
Katie Blair, Miss California USA 2011
Born Katherine Amanda Blair
(1987-12-29) December 29, 1987 (age 26)
Billings, Montana, U.S.
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Title(s) Miss Montana Teen USA 2006
Miss Teen USA 2006
Miss California USA 2011
Major
competition(s)
Miss Montana Teen USA 2006
(Winner)
Miss Teen USA 2006
(Winner)
Miss California USA 2011
(1st Runner-Up)

Katherine Amanda Blair (born December 29, 1987) is an American model, beauty queen, and television personality from Billings, Montana, who held the Miss Teen USA 2006 and Miss California USA 2011 title. She was the first person from Montana to win a major pageant title. In 2011, she was crowned Miss California USA after originally placing 1st runner-up to Alyssa Campanella; however, when Campanella won Miss USA 2011, Blair was crowned as successor on June 25.

Pageant participation[edit]

Miss Montana Teen USA[edit]

Blair represented Montana in the Miss Teen USA 2006 pageant held in Palm Springs, California on August 15, 2006, and became the first Montanan to place in the pageant.[1] Outgoing titleholder, Allie LaForce of Ohio, crowned Blair as the new Miss Teen USA. Melissa Lingafelt of North Carolina placed first runner-up. Prior to Blair's win in the nationally televised pageant, Montana had been the only state in the competition's 23 year history never to have had a semi-finalist.

Blair's win was somewhat controversial.[citation needed] During the last phase of the competition, which is the basis for the judges' final ranking of contestants, her answer to the final interview question struck some observers as incorrect.[citation needed] Asked by judge Carl Lewis to describe what integrity meant to her, Blair responded that the term meant an all-out ambition to achieve her goals.[2] Blair's was the only somewhat objective question;[citation needed] other contestants were asked about their opinions on a wide variety of topics, such as the driving age and teen image issues.

Houston designer Gaspar Cruz styled Blair's evening gown, hair and makeup. Previously Cruz designed gowns for Gina Giacinto, Miss Nevada USA 2001, who was top five at Miss USA, and for Shauna Gambill, Miss California USA 1998, who was first runner-up at Miss USA.

Blair's Miss Teen USA winnings included a one-year modeling contract with Trump Model Management and a scholarship to The School for Film and Television in New York, as well as a guest appearance in the NBC soap opera Passions.

On August 24, 2007, Blair passed down the Miss Teen USA title to Hilary Cruz of Colorado.

Reign as Miss Teen USA[edit]

Blair is interviewed during the San Jose Holiday Parade

Blair spent her year as a titleholder in New York City, living in a Trump Place apartment with Miss Universe and Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner. During her reign, Blair made appearances to raise money for charity.[3] She lived in Sugar Land, Texas for most of her life, and actually attended school from 9-11 grade at Stephen F. Austin High School. She graduated from Billings West High School in 2006, and had planned to attend Louisiana State University, but postponed her commencement of college for her reign.[4]

Following her win, Blair gave interviews with various media organizations, including WPIX New York and Dayside on Fox News. In September 2006, she returned to Billings, Montana for her official homecoming as Miss Teen USA. The city council announced the day as "Katie Blair Day" and awarded her a key to the city. She crowned Chelsea Nelson, also of Billings, as the next Miss Montana Teen USA 2007.[5]

Controversy[edit]

On December 19, 2006, Donald Trump announced that Tara Conner would retain her title (Miss USA 2006) while entering a substance abuse treatment center.[6] On December 20, 2006, Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced that because of Blair's alleged activities, they would no longer use her as a spokesperson against underage drinking.[7]

Television[edit]

Blair starred in Donald Trump's MTV reality show Pageant Place along with Rachel Smith, Hilary Cruz and Riyo Mori. The show started airing on October 10, 2007. Tara Connor also made several appearances on the program. Katie and Tara Connor rekindled their friendship on the show.

Miss California USA[edit]

Blair was 1st runner-up at Miss California USA 2011. The winner was Alyssa Campanella who also was Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007. On June 25, 2011, about a week after Campanella won Miss USA 2011, Miss California USA director Keith Lewis announced Blair as the new Miss California USA 2011 effectively giving her the title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Healy, Donna (July 1, 2011). "Pageant Winner Katie Blair Reshapes Her Reputation". Billings Gazette. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Healy, Donna (August 17, 2006). "Miss Teen USA's Smile, Personality Open Doors". Billings Gazette. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Healy, Donna (2006-09-07). "Amid life of glamour, home suits her fine". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2006-09-12. 
  4. ^ Cast, Cari (2006-09-09). "Miss Teen USA Visits Billings". KULR-TV. Retrieved 2006-09-22. [dead link]
  5. ^ Hathaway, Jodi (2006-09-10). "Miss Teen USA". KULR-TV. Retrieved 2006-09-22. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Palm Springs news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Palm Springs, California | mydesert.com". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  7. ^ Castle, Heidi (2006-12-20). "Statement of Attribution on News Reports of Miss Teen USA Drinking Alcohol Underage". MADD.org. Archived from the original on 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Alyssa Campanella
Miss California USA
2011
Succeeded by
Natalie Pack
Preceded by
Ohio Allie LaForce
Miss Teen USA
2006
Succeeded by
Colorado Hilary Cruz
Preceded by
Kendall Powell
Miss Montana Teen USA
2006
Succeeded by
Chelsea Nelson