Katie Millar (married name Millar-Wirig) is a former beauty pageant contestant who was Miss Utah in 2006 and a top ten finisher in Miss America 2007.[1]

Early life and education

Millar-Wirig was born and raised in Utah. Her parents are Bret and Rita Millar.[2] She graduated high school at age 17, and while attending Brigham Young University for a bachelor's degree in neuroscience, decided to compete in the Miss Utah competition for the opportunity to win a scholarship to support her education.[2][3]

Pageants

In 2006, Millar-Wirig was crowned Miss Utah, which included a $10,000 scholarship.[2] The focus of her advocacy platform as Miss Utah was support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,[4] inspired by a sibling diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during childhood.[2][3]

As a result of her Miss Utah win, she then competed in the Miss America 2007 pageant.[5] During the competition, she became a top ten finalist, which included a swimsuit and evening wear competition.[4] Despite pressure from her designers and sponsors to compromise her core values, she wore a modest gown[1] that she had altered,[3] and a one-piece swimsuit during the competitions.[4][6][7]

Filmography

She appeared in a recurring supporting role on the drama television series Everwood and as herself in the reality TV movie Pageant School: Becoming Miss America.[8]

Personal life

Millar-Wirig married Brent Wirig in the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple on July 14, 2007.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Standing her ground on the national stage". Deseret News. Associated Press. January 26, 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Brunson, Arrin Newton (July 10, 2006). "Miss Utah devoted to God, diabetes research". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Haddock, Sharon; Choate-Nielsen, Amy (February 15, 2007). "Miss Utah not afraid to be herself". Deseret News. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Bohne, Nikki (January 31, 2007). "Miss Utah hopes to be example of traditional values". Daily Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  5. ^ Abel, Fred (2007). "Miss America 2007". Pageantry Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  6. ^ McMichael, Mandy Ellene. "Religion, Miss America, and the Construction of Evangelical Womanhood" (PDF). Graduate Program in Religion Dissertation. Duke University. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b Dockstader Heaps, Julie (26 January 2008). "Standing her ground on the national stage". LDS Church News. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Katie Millar". IMDb. Retrieved 9 May 2017.