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Blum wins title at state pageant

January 8, 2014

Legally blind, Kristina Blum is the first blind contestant to compete in the Miss USA California pageant. She said she was motivated to do so in order to show the world that true beauty lies in individual “uniqueness, not in physical perfection,” and that “a disability or disadvantage should never disable your dreams.” Photo by Micah Williams

Step back Sandra Bullock – Bishop’s Kristina Blum is the new Miss Congeniality, after winning the title in the Miss California USA 2014 pageant.
Representing the Eastern Sierra, 22-year-old Blum competed in the Miss California USA 2014 Pageant Jan. 2-4 in Long Beach. She is the first blind contestant to compete in that pageant and “hopes to challenge others to be all they can be no matter what challenges they face,” said Micah Williams, Blum’s acting public relations person and significant other.
No stranger to beating the odds or the pageant competition, Blum, who was born with the genetic condition of albinism and is legally blind, was crowned Miss City of Bishop in the city’s inaugural pageant in November 2013. During her one-year reign, Blum represented Bishop at myriad events, facilitated a customer service skills workshop and embarked on a career in tourism. Since May 2013, as a visitor center host, Blum has been greeting locals and travelers alike at the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.
Read the full story in the Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

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