Double Duty! Stunning Police Officer Keshia Lee Is Vying For The Crown Of Miss California USA 2018

It sounds like the premise to the 2000 hit, Miss Congeniality, but this woman is the real life Gracie Lou Freebush. The beautiful Keshia Lee, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss California USA later this year, graduated from California State University San Marcos in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies. She worked patrol for a short while, then recently got a job as a Detective with the State of California - "I am humbled and proud to say that I am a Law Enforcement Officer. It’s a very rewarding career and I give credit to all of my brothers and sisters in blue who are putting their life on the line to protect and serve their communities" - she explained.

Did you know ? Women in general make up approximately 13% of police officers in the United States according to The National Center for Women and Policing  compared to in 1970 where only 2% of police officers were women. California has been a leader when it comes to women police officers. 

 had the opportunity to interview Keshia a few weeks before the Miss California USA Contest. The winner will have the opportunity to represent her state at Miss USA 2018. 

You will compete at the Miss California USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ? What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

First and foremost, I have a wonderful support system with my family and loved ones. I also have a wonderful team, D3 Productions, and I am proud to be Miss Northern Sierra USA. This will be my first time competing at Miss California USA, and I am so excited! In my line of work with Law Enforcement, it is imperative to be, and most importantly FEEL prepared for whatever task it is you are handling. With preparation you must be positive, and during the difficult times remember why you started I the first place. I am preparing for Miss California USA by maintaining my physical fitness, dieting, getting adequate rest, and most importantly having fun with the journey!

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What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants? 

A lot of people joke around with me and ask if Miss Congeniality is my favorite movie, and it actually is one of my favorite movies! I love my career, and I love the pageant world. Who says you can’t do both!? Miss Congeniality was an inspiring movie for me because it’s all about breaking stereotypes and always being yourself, no matter what. People will love you for you, and you must remember that, always! 


What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

I expect to gain more self-growth, make new friendships, inspire others to get out of their comfort zone to try something new, but most importantly gain an experience that I will remember forever. 

Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). It this your case ? And if so, why ?

Growing up, my family always watched Miss Universe. I always thought it was so inspiring to see so many beautiful women compete for the crown. I never thought that I would be on the other side of the television, and actually competing at the state level to hopefully excel to the USA and Universe stage. Life is all about giving it your all. Reach for the stars, you never know where you’ll land! 

What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?

I would advise that she remain true to herself throughout the journey. I think in society today, it is so difficult for people to be who they want to be because they are afraid of being judged. I think pageants are a perfect platform to go out there, give it your all, and love yourself and the women you have become. Dream big ladies!

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Thanks to the beautiful Keshia for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss California USA pageant.


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