Miss Teen Mississippi USA – Claire
At 14, Claire was 5’10, 75 pounds, experiencing life threatening symptoms of undiagnosed Celiac disease. She was severely bullied and covered her mirrors with blankets just so she didn’t have to look at herself as she withered away. After collapsing during a cross country race, Claire was finally diagnosed and able to regain control of her health and life. Now she uses her story to inspire others not to be defined by their adversity, and her platform “Smiles4Celiac” to educate about Celiac and how teens can advocate for their health. Claire grew up on the Mississippi River enjoying hunting, fishing and the outdoors! She am now a freshman at the University of Mississippi studying Sports Broadcasting. The girl who wouldn’t look in the mirror is now confidently asking for the title of Miss Teen USA, happy, healthy and alive proving that we can all turn our pain into purpose.