Ashley Layfield will promote well-rounded education through the performing arts
MINUTES before Friday night's Miss Hawaii pageant started, all 13 girls backstage shared their worst fear: tripping and falling.
Then just as the pageant started, it happened to 21-year-old Ashley Layfield. She took her first two steps on stage and tripped.
But there would be no tearful breakdown, no startled deer-in-the-headlights look and no jittery responses from a woman who's trained all her life to be light on her feet.
"I'm a dancer and I tried to make it look like part of the choreography, but it obviously wasn't," she said. "From then on, I told myself the worst possible thing happened so just have fun."
Possibly because she felt more at ease, Layfield won the pageant and was crowned Miss Hawaii 2007.
She will be competing as Hawaii's representative to the Miss America 2008 pageant in January.
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