Blair Griffith has been through some sh*t, but she’s still here…
In October 2010 Blair Griffith stunned the judges of the Miss Colorado USA pageant with her beauty, winning the title. In February 2011 she stunned everyone — when she admitted in an interview that she was homeless.
The 23-year-old beauty queen and her mother, Bonita Griffith, had been evicted just weeks after her victory. Blair said that when the Sheriff’s Department came to her door to move them out, she had no idea how dire her family’s financial situation had become.
“I didn’t know what to think. It was shocking, and then I saw my mom on her knees crying and begging them, ‘Please don’t do this to me’ and then looking up at me and saying ‘I’m so sorry,’” Blair said.
Before she could process what was happening, the authorities descended on Blair’s home and began packing her belongings into garbage bags. “The only thing I had time to grab was my crown and my sash,” Blair said.
Griffith says it was her father who had inspired her to attempt pageant life:
“When I was younger every time Miss USA came on or Miss Teen USA or Miss Universe, my Dad was like, ‘Blair, come here, you have to watch this,’” Blair said. But at the age of 14, those special father-daughter moments came to an abrupt end when Gary Griffith was diagnosed with prostate cancer and, within six months, passed away.
Despite the hardships of her life Blair has not let it hinder her from moving forward, and making her father proud.
Just as she always has, Blair Griffith refuses to give up on her dream. On June 19 she will be in Las Vegas competing alongside 50 other women — from the 49 other states plus the District of Columbia — hoping to be crowned the next Miss USA.
“I would love to win, but in another way I feel like I’ve already won. I’ve been able to do so much with my title that I never could have imagined when I won back in October,” she said.
And despite all the strife of the past year, Blair said that when the winner’s name is called, she will not be thinking about her family’s financial struggles.
“Miss USA happens on June 19, Father’s Day,” she said, “and my father will definitely be the number one person on my mind.”
Unfortunately, Blair did not win last night’s Miss USA Pageant. Regardless, this woman has overcome some dire circumstances in her life and we at Bossip are happy for her. Play on playa…