Florence native Kinsley Odom is new Little Miss South Carolina Overall Queen and Teen Miss South Carolina
By Will Isgett
Florence native and Teen Miss Bishopville Kinsley Odom has worked her entire life to reach the goal of winning a state title in a prestigious pageant system.
All of that hard work paid off in more ways than one at the Center Theater in Hartsville.
Odom was recently crowned Little Miss South Carolina’s Overall Queen and Teen Miss South Carolina.
Odom earned the Little Miss South Carolina Overall Queen title over 109 other contestants from ages 7 to 19 and did that by having the highest combined scores in beauty, interview, color and black and white photogenic and talent, and beat out 26 other contestants from across the Palmetto State to take home the Teen Miss South Carolina title. And to add to the awards she also won overall evening gown, the teen sweetheart title for selling the most ad pages in her division, earned the gold presidential community service award, was a finalist for the community service award, won color photogenic and was 1st runner-up in black and white photogenic for the teen division and was first runner-up in the teen division for talent with a tap dance routine to Jordin Sparks, “I Am Woman”. She was also named to the top five for the South Carolina’s Outstanding Teen title.
The morning after the pageant Odom said winning the titles still hadn’t sunk in.
“I don’t think it’s really sunk in totally,” Odom said. “Once I make my first appearance or see it in the newspaper then it will seem real.”
Odom is no stranger to the pageant world as she has held titles in several other pageant systems, but said winning the titles in the Little Miss South Carolina Pageant system is really special.
Francis Marion University rising freshman and
West Florence High School graduate Kinsley Odom is the new Little Miss South Carolina Overall Queen and Teen Miss South Carolina. Odom is the daughter of Tony and Cathy Odom of Florence.
“I had competed 9 times throughout the years in Little Miss South Carolina, although they weren’t consecutive, I continued to go back,” Odom said. “I fell in love with what the system stood for by encouraging confidence, service and academics.”
What is really special about winning the titles is that she will be able to continue her work with her platform “Downright Perfect” promoting Down Syndrome awareness and acceptance.
Her 12 year old brother Kayden was born with Trisomy 21, a form of Down Syndrome, meaning he had one extra chromosome. From the day her mother walked into her house with Kayden she knew that she would live her platform everyday and now she can spread her message even more throughout the state of South Carolina.
“I’ve been an advocate for Down Syndrome individuals from a young age,” Odom said. “Now by winning the Little Miss South Carolina Overall Queen and Teen Miss South Carolina titles I will be able to reach a whole new audience of people.”
Three years ago Odom created the “Downright Perfect Pledge” which encouraged individuals to sign a pledge that they would be a friend to anyone with Down Syndrome. Now she’ll be able to take it to a different level and across the state of South Carolina.
“I want to let people know that individuals with Down Syndrome are different,” Odom said. “But being different is okay, and educating the public is my main goal.”
The Little Miss South Carolina pageant is one of South Carolina’s oldest pageant systems for children and young adults. It was founded in 1971 by the late Linda Floyd in Sumter. The pageant is now owned and directed by mother-daughter duo Linda Jordan and Dana Jordan Dittman.