Meet Sara Milliken, Miss Alabama 2024, Criticizes Body Shamers

Image credit: Thenamalmiss, Instagram

A plus-sized model in the United States, Sara Milliken, recently made headlines for her powerful response to online trolls. At 23 years old, Sara was crowned Miss Alabama 2024 in the National American Miss pageant held in May. However, her victory was marred by a wave of hateful comments on social media targeting her body. Unfazed, Sara hit back at the trolls, using the opportunity to educate people about body positivity and the importance of kindness.

Sara Milliken hails from Atmore, Alabama, and began her journey in pageantry eight years ago when she competed for the Jr. Teen title through an open call from Miss Alabama organizers. Although she didn’t win that year, she persisted and tried again the following year at age 16. Reflecting on that experience, Sara shared on social media, “I worked so hard and changed everything about myself. I became who I thought they wanted.” Unfortunately, just days before the pageant, a hurtful comment shattered her confidence. “A mean boy told me I was ‘too ugly’ to win,” she recalled. Feeling humiliated, she decided not to compete again for seven years.

At 23, Sara decided to return to pageantry, determined to be her authentic self. This time, her hard work and perseverance paid off as she was crowned Miss Alabama 2024. Despite facing social media bullies, Sara responded with grace and wisdom, reminding everyone that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. She emphasized that true beauty lies in one’s actions and kindness.

Sara’s positive outlook and message of self-love have resonated with many. She told WKRG, “No matter what your body looks like or where you come from, you can do anything you set your mind to.” As Miss Alabama, she aims to promote a positive self-image by enhancing natural beauty and encouraging others to embrace their authentic selves.

On Instagram, Sara expressed, “I was authentically myself. I had the most genuine smile on my face. I wasn’t perfect.” Her authenticity and positivity have garnered praise worldwide. One supporter, Tracie Stephens-Brooks, commented, “To know is to love her. This young lady has a heart of gold and will give anyone in need a helping hand.” Another Instagram user shared, “So proud of her! We watched her all weekend and prayed hard that she would come home with that title! She is an amazing, sweet young woman and is going to do great things!”

Sara Milliken’s journey and resilience continue to inspire and empower people across the globe.

Re-reported from the article originally published in She the people.

Meet Sara Milliken, Miss Alabama 2024, Criticizes Body Shamers

Image credit: Thenamalmiss, Instagram

A plus-sized model in the United States, Sara Milliken, recently made headlines for her powerful response to online trolls. At 23 years old, Sara was crowned Miss Alabama 2024 in the National American Miss pageant held in May. However, her victory was marred by a wave of hateful comments on social media targeting her body. Unfazed, Sara hit back at the trolls, using the opportunity to educate people about body positivity and the importance of kindness.

Sara Milliken hails from Atmore, Alabama, and began her journey in pageantry eight years ago when she competed for the Jr. Teen title through an open call from Miss Alabama organizers. Although she didn’t win that year, she persisted and tried again the following year at age 16. Reflecting on that experience, Sara shared on social media, “I worked so hard and changed everything about myself. I became who I thought they wanted.” Unfortunately, just days before the pageant, a hurtful comment shattered her confidence. “A mean boy told me I was ‘too ugly’ to win,” she recalled. Feeling humiliated, she decided not to compete again for seven years.

At 23, Sara decided to return to pageantry, determined to be her authentic self. This time, her hard work and perseverance paid off as she was crowned Miss Alabama 2024. Despite facing social media bullies, Sara responded with grace and wisdom, reminding everyone that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. She emphasized that true beauty lies in one’s actions and kindness.

Sara’s positive outlook and message of self-love have resonated with many. She told WKRG, “No matter what your body looks like or where you come from, you can do anything you set your mind to.” As Miss Alabama, she aims to promote a positive self-image by enhancing natural beauty and encouraging others to embrace their authentic selves.

On Instagram, Sara expressed, “I was authentically myself. I had the most genuine smile on my face. I wasn’t perfect.” Her authenticity and positivity have garnered praise worldwide. One supporter, Tracie Stephens-Brooks, commented, “To know is to love her. This young lady has a heart of gold and will give anyone in need a helping hand.” Another Instagram user shared, “So proud of her! We watched her all weekend and prayed hard that she would come home with that title! She is an amazing, sweet young woman and is going to do great things!”

Sara Milliken’s journey and resilience continue to inspire and empower people across the globe.

Re-reported from the article originally published in She the people.