One of the things Jenna Donovan finds most inspiring is women openly supporting and lifting each other up. With so many obstacles on the road to gender equality, we don't need to create another one by getting in our own way — despite the stereotype of pageant girls and the nasty habit of trying to pit us against each other.
It’s time to raise awareness around initiatives women are taking to help their female counterparts achieve their goals and feel empowered. The concept of women helping other women benefits both parties, while demonstrating just how powerful a force females can be when they support one another.
Jenna thinks that integrity, grace, and kindness are the qualities of a true queen, one who supports other women and does not tear others down to get ahead - "If you strive to live your life as if you already are a queen, if you exude beauty from your heart and soul- others will see that. Others will respect it. That is what will carry you far in life, more than a beautiful face or a perfect body ever could. Even if you don't win a crown of your own- you will know your worth, and you will know you are already a queen because you have the heart of one."
I had the opportunity to interview the gorgeous Jenna on her preparation for the upcoming Miss Kansas USA Pageant. Did you know ? Kansas did not place at Miss USA until 1973, the third-to-last state to make their first placement. From then, no delegate from Kansas made the cut until 1991, when Kelli McCarty won the crown. McCarty's win makes Wichita, Kansas the only state to host one Miss USA and Miss Teen USA to win in their home state.
In 1992, the state joined the Vanbros group, which led to a surge in placements in the 1990s and early 2000s. This included two first runners-up, one second runner-up, one third runner-up, and one fourth runner-up, among others. All but three of Kansas's ten placements have been runners-up.