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Kristin "Krissy" Hudgins and her two younger cousins, all of Edinburg, plan to compete in the Nationwide United States Pageant in January, after each won Virginia pageants this year, Hudgins said.
In the 2013 Nationwide pageant circuit, Hudgins, 25, was crowned Miss Virginia. Her cousins -- sisters Moriah and Anniah Craun -- were crowned Miss Teen Virginia and Little Miss Virginia, respectively. The location of the January pageant will be finalized later this month, Hudgins wrote in a press release.
Anniah is a third grader at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock, and Moriah is a ninth grader at Central High School. Moriah is on the varsity cheerleading squad and plays the bass. Both girls enjoy shooting BB guns, and Hudgins also shoots.
Hudgins graduated from Central in 2005 and has a 2013 bachelors degree in interdisciplinary liberal arts from James Madison University. She intends to pursue a masters degree in elementary education at Old Dominion University next spring.
Hudgins said in a recent phone interview that she was surprised when all three won their respective pageants this year.
"The entire family was pretty shocked," she said.
"When I was 5 I told my dad I wanted to be a fair queen," she said. In 2007 she competed in the Shenandoah County Fair pageant and was chosen third runner up. It took two more years for her to secure a win. "It's just been a pretty active hobby since," she said.
In all, she said she's won 19 pageants, including Ultimate Miss Staunton and, following her Nationwide's Miss Virginia win, Miss Eastern America 2013 and America's Ultimate Miss National Queen 2013.
"I'd pretty much encourage anyone to [compete in pageants]. It's a big self-esteem builder," she said. "I mean you're not guaranteed to win, everybody wants to win, but if nothing else you come out with some really good people, some really good friends."
She said she thinks her cousins decided to compete in pageants because she showed it can work out.
"It was after I won in the fair that Moriah got an interest in it," said Hudgins, who plans one day to end her pageant run by winning Mrs. Shenandoah County Fair.
But "Anniah, she's more hooked than Moriah," Hudgins said. "She goes for the gold,"
"We're pretty close," she said. "Pretty much all three of us are like sisters."