Miss Kentucky 2013 Jenna Day did a fantastic job of representing our state this year! The beautiful, talented, and down-to-earth Louisville native and UK student has been an amazing ambassador for the Bluegrass State this year, and we can't wait to see what she does next!
HK:Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jenna Day. I am originally from Louisville Kentucky, but I moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky. There I am a political science major and will begin my senior year this fall. A year ago I was crowned Miss Kentucky 2013 and I have taken a sabbatical from school to work for The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Kentucky Proud” campaign, During my year I was able to make hundreds of appearances, talk to over 60,000 students, and countless individuals. This past weekend I crowned the new Miss Kentucky who will continue on where I have left off, encouraging young people to buy local and create a healthier life for themselves.
HK: When did you first set your sights on the Miss Kentucky crown?
I had dreamt about the title of Miss Kentucky for a long time. In fact all of the women in my family competed for the title. My mother completed when she was young, my older sister competed, I even have an aunt who competed. When I became old enough, I decided to follow in their footsteps. However, it was never about the crown. It was always about the lives I could reach with the job.
HK: What is it like to hear your name being announced as the new Miss Kentucky?
There is no other feeling like it. Years of hard work pay off. I still feel so unbelievably blessed to have had this opportunity.
Jenna dons the Miss Kentucky crown for the last time before the 2014 pageant.
HK: What’s next for you?
I will be finishing my degree at the University of Kentucky, continuing some of my advocacy projects, and praying that the Lord will direct my paths. Additionally I will be starting my own communications consulting business, because I believe in helping young women find their voice and establish their own leadership style. What is most exciting about living this dream and passing on the title of Miss Kentucky is that now I get to go and find a new dream.
HK: What advice do you have for girls who dream of becoming Miss Kentucky?
Get involved, start attending some prelims to learn the ropes, and then dive in. Just remember, the most important thing is to be yourself.