Who is Sara Milliken? Meet the Plus-Sized Miss Alabama Winner Dividing the Internet

Who is Sara Milliken? Meet the Plus-Sized Miss Alabama Winner Dividing the Internet
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Sara Mil­liken, a 23-year-old plus-sized mod­el from Atmore, Alaba­ma, is mak­ing waves after being crowned Miss Alaba­ma in the Nation­al Amer­i­can Miss pageant over the Memo­r­i­al Day weekend. 

Mil­liken’s dream of becom­ing Miss Alaba­ma has been “eight years in the mak­ing,” and this is her third time com­pet­ing for the pres­ti­gious title.

Despite her joy at win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion, Mil­liken’s vic­to­ry was quick­ly over­shad­owed by a bar­rage of crit­i­cism from online trolls. She was brand­ed an “unhealthy embar­rass­ment” and faced ques­tions about whether her appear­ance was con­sid­ered “attrac­tive in Alabama.” 

How­ev­er, Mil­liken is deter­mined not to let the harsh com­ments hold her back as she pre­pares for the nation­al final in Flori­da over Thanksgiving.

Mil­liken’s jour­ney to the crown has been a long and chal­leng­ing one. She first com­pet­ed in a Nation­al Amer­i­can Miss pageant at the age of 15, but was dis­ap­point­ed to find that she did­n’t place. Unde­terred, she returned the fol­low­ing year as a teen and worked hard to change her­self, only to be told by a “mean boy” that she was “too ugly to win.” 

Mil­liken vowed to nev­er com­pete again, but after a sev­en-year hia­tus, she decid­ed to prove to her­self that she could do it.

In addi­tion to her pageant pur­suits, Mil­liken is also a pod­cast host on “Girls Got­ta Glow,” which aims to pro­mote con­fi­dence and empow­er women. She is a pas­sion­ate men­tal health advo­cate and the founder of “The Bud­dy Sys­tem,” an ini­tia­tive that encour­ages peo­ple to bridge the gen­er­a­tional gap and cre­ate friendships.

Despite the back­lash she has faced, Mil­liken remains deter­mined to use her plat­form to inspire oth­er women, regard­less of their shape or size. As she pre­pares for the nation­al final, she is receiv­ing an out­pour­ing of sup­port from her fol­low­ers, who are eager to see her con­tin­ue to shat­ter glass ceil­ings in the pageant world.

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