It’s the photo that went ’round the world…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year, you likely know that Miss Idaho 2014, Sierra Sandison took a deep breath, and walked on stage wearing her insulin pump.
On her Facebook page, she wrote,
“I would never have dreamt of posting a swimsuit picture on social media, but diabetics from all over the country have been asking to see me and my insulin pump on the #MissIdaho2014 stage. Honestly, it is terrifying walking out on stage in a swimsuit, let alone attached to a medical device. My message to everyone, diabetic or not, is that we all have something that doesn’t ‘measure up’ to the beauty standards set by the media—and that is okay! It does not make you any less beautiful. I have faced my fear of proudly showing my insulin pump! Now I want to see YOURS!”
That’s how #ShowMeYourPump was born.
A crazy barrage of photos came pouring in… Literally thousands of photos from people in dozens of counties used the hashtag #ShowMeYourPump while posting a photo of how they wore their insulin pump.
When something gets that big – it can be a little overwhelming…
In a question posed to Sierra at CommunityTable.com – she says…
“I look at that picture and think, Wow! And I hope that when girls look at me, they don’t feel, Oh, I could never do that.” The reality is, I work at Chick-Fil-A. I go to school. I’m not some supermodel. I’m just a kid who worked really hard and got there. Whatever your dream is, you can have it too.”
We know Sierra’s year has been nearly as busy as Miss America’s year! She traveled the country telling her story and encouraged people to dream and be accepting of their differences. Sierra’s crowning seems like another example of a young woman who received an “intervention” in her life when she was named Miss Idaho (in a good way).
Because of this year, everything has changed for Sierra… Which is one of the reasons why we adore the Miss America Program so much… Very few programs have the ability to pluck a contestant out of the middle of Idaho, intervene, and dramatically change their lives for the better.
Welcome to your new life, Sierra! Enjoy every minute. 🙂
Junkies are still kicking themselves for not making plans to attend Miss Idaho this year (sorry guys – it just didn’t work out!)… That state has a serious competition this year – and we’ve changed our list a billion times! I have no clue how to choose only 5 of you… Wish me luck! UGH!
Our final choices regarding Miss Idaho were released on Sunday in the Junkies Newsletter! Click here to sign up for the Junkies Newsletter and we’ll send you our latest predictions! The latest newsletter is sent by 5pm EST every day – So have patience! It’s worth the wait!
GOOD LUCK LADIES! Junkies LOVE Idaho!!!