A Fort Knox soldier has been issued nonregulation headgear, not less than when she shouldn’t be on obligation.
Diana Layne, a grasp sergeant with the first Theater Sustainment Command, just lately was topped United States of America Ms. Kentucky 2022.
“It was magical,” she stated of the expertise.
Layne participated within the USOA Ms. Georgia Pageant in Tifton, Georgia, as the one Kentucky consultant as a result of the state didn’t host a pageant domestically.
“I used to be within the pageant and I contacted the USA of America pageant and we had a pair interviews” previous to the Georgia pageant, she stated. One other Kentucky candidate participated within the interviews, however Layne was chosen as Kentucky’s consultant.
She was topped on the Georgia pageant.
America of America Ms. Pageant is for girls age 29 and older and open whether or not single, divorced, widowed, with or with out youngsters.
As a 40-year-old single mom, Layne stated she was interested in this pageant circuit as a result of it was inclusionary.
“In my private opinion, that is going to be the following large pageant,” she stated. “They symbolize girls that don’t fall into necessities for different pageants. This pageant group wished to incorporate us to empower us, to uplift us as a result of we’re additionally lovely.”
On the Georgia pageant, Layne competed and was scored with the opposite Georgia contestant in a private interview and swimwear and night robe competitions.
Layne stated the U.S. Military helped put together her for the competitors by empowering her.
“I might say the Military has ready me for a pageant of this stature by means of the management, constructing character, public talking, health — serving to me to know the distinction between well being and health — and actually, simply being a powerful girl,” she stated. “They’ve allowed that for me.”
Holding health titles whereas balancing life as a mom and energetic obligation soldier for 21 years, Layne wished different girls, particularly troopers, to see it may be finished.
“Being a soldier, we’re not used to being ‘fairly,’ however I wished to point out different girls that you may be robust, lovely, assured and radiant even being a soldier,” she stated.
Now as USOA Ms. Kentucky 2022, Layne is engaged on her platform, which is to lift consciousness about home violence.
Layne, who described herself as a home violence survivor, stated the difficulty is close to to her coronary heart.
“I do know lots of people say home violence sufferer, however I don’t just like the phrase sufferer as a result of I really feel like we’re re-victimizing somebody if you name them that,” she stated. “It looks like you’ll be able to by no means get away from being a sufferer. A survivor can get away. You might have survived. You might have gotten away.”
Layne is working with SpringHaven Home Violence Program and different teams to incorporate Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, Hardin County Habitat for Humanity and volunteers with teenagers on publish.
“I’m attempting to get identify out to the group and let individuals know who I’m and what I’m doing in order that I can get the group concerned in wanting to assist me accomplish my purpose, which is to advocate for home violence survivors,” she stated.
As a part of her dedication to the crown, Layne additionally has made public appearances together with the current Vine Grove Veterans Day Parade.
In preparation for her look Feb. 16-20 on the nationwide pageant in Las Vegas, Layne has been finalizing her choice for her night robe and swimwear.
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Layne additionally has been working with a designer to carry her imaginative and prescient for her cultural costume to life. Layne stated her costume will carry the colours and celebration of Carnival to life.
“What attracted me to the pageant is you get to design a fancy dress,” she stated. “I wished to share a little bit little bit of my tradition with this pageant group as a result of it allowed me the chance to do this.”
Layne moved to Brooklyn, New York, when she was 14 as a result of her mom wished to afford her extra alternatives, she stated. She joined the Military instantly following her highschool commencement.
Layne stated she is going to publish repeatedly on her social media shops with look and nationwide pageant updates, together with how you can watch the stay present. You may observe her on Fb and Instagram at USOAMsKentucky2022.
Layne stated she is trying ahead to the competitors.
“It’s been actually particular,” she stated in regards to the expertise.