Junction girl wins Miss Colorado Teen USA
The moment the crown was placed on her head, Chloe Brown pointed to her beaming family in the audience. It had become her tradition, acknowledging her family when she was announced as a pageant winner, a way to recognize that “I’m inviting them into this experience with me,” she explained.
Sunday night in Greeley, the experience was more profound than it had ever been: She was named Miss Colorado Teen USA 2013, the first girl from Grand Junction to win the title.
It was the culmination of six months of intense work leading up to the pageant — practicing interview skills, working out, honing her composure and poise. And, she said, staying in touch with her true self.
“You have to know yourself” to do well in a pageant, she explained.
Chloe, 17, entered her first pageant three years ago after receiving a recommendation letter in the mail and sending in her photo and entry form almost as a joke, clueless as to what the experience would entail. It was the National American Miss pageant in Denver, and she won.
She told her friends and classmates, or anyone clinging to pageant stereotypes, that “it’s about becoming who you are,” she said. “I told them that it builds confidence and self-esteem.”
Her mother, Kobi, said she’s always been focused and confident, and that manifested in school and her community involvement: At Fruita Monument High School, she lettered in varsity basketball, track and golf, and graduated a year early. She then studied at the Colorado School of Dental Assisting and graduated at the top of her class before beginning full-time biology studies at Colorado Mesa University.
Her goal is to become a cosmetic dentist, inspired by dentists and oral surgeons who helped her “get my smile back,” she said, after she fell and knocked out her front teeth as a 5-year-old.
She also is very involved in community service, volunteering for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado and creating Hats for Hope, which collects hats for those undergoing cancer treatments. She was inspired by her father Paul’s successful battle against cancer.
So, when pageant judges asked her Saturday night — while she was onstage — what her proudest accomplishment has been, she said it was creating Hats for Hope.
Now, as Miss Colorado Teen USA, she will make appearances throughout the state and continue volunteering wherever she’s asked or wherever she sees a need.
“I hope I can be a role model,” she said. “I want to be someone people can look up to.”