Miss South Carolina K. Lee Graham was crowned the 2014 winner of Miss Teen USA Saturday night at the pageant held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
“I don’t know how many times I went to bed thinking about this and woke up in the morning thinking about this,” Graham, 17, said.
Graham was one of 51 contestants who vied for the crown and one of 15 who went on to compete in the pageant’s semi-finals on Saturday. Contestants from California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and South Carolina were named the final five contestants to compete in the Q&A portion.
For her interview question, Graham was asked how the teens of today would be remembered 100 years from now. Her response: “I hope they will say we were agents of change.”
Ultimately, Graham won the judges over and was crowned by Miss Universe Gabriela Isler. Miss Mississippi, Vaeda Mann, was the runner-up.
"I can't even talk right now. This is literally a dream come true," Graham said after being crowned. "Thank you for supporting me. We did it!"
Graham will spend her year as Miss Teen USA promoting her platform about inner beauty. The 17-year-old has a blog for her campaign “Beauty Secrets,” which preaches “being beautiful is about being happy with who you are and how you treat others instead of striving for an impossible model of perfection,” CBS reported.
K. Lee Graham, whose full name is Katherine Lee (she got her nickname “K” because her younger sister could not pronounce her name), is working toward attending the University of South Carolina Honors College, E! News reported.
Miss Teen USA is part of the Miss Universe organization owned by Donald Trump.