JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Having won Miss Georgia 2012, Jasmyn Wilkins now prepares for the Miss USA contest in June.
“I was at Clemson University at the time, studying to hopefully become a nurse,” she said when asked how she first got involved in the pageant world.
She said she wanted to do more than just academics. She initially tried out intramural sports, since her father Gerald Wilkins, uncle Dominique Wilkins and brother Damien Wilkins are or were professional basketball players. However, basketball wasn’t her thing.
One night, she was watching the Miss USA pageant with her roommates. One told Wilkins they could see her participating. She said she thought pageants would be really superficial, like the television program “Toddlers in Tiaras,” but for some reason, the prospect stuck with her. After researching Miss USA and the causes that participants support, she decided to give it a shot. She entered the Miss Georgia pageant, sending in her picture in March 2011. She heard back from them in June and began working with Randall Smith, a pageant coach and family friend who taught her how to stand and walk properly, how to talk to the judges and how to dress well.