New Miss Alabama Speaks from the Heart
Reprinted here in its entirety.
Monday, June 11, 2007
The Birmingham News Staff Writer
Jamie Langley remembers watching from the audience as her
sister, Julia, performed on stage at the Miss Alabama
It was 1989, and the 5-year-old was mesmerized by the
sequined, glittering dresses and the talent competition. She
dreamed of one day competing to be Miss Alabama.
That dream came true Saturday when a sparkling four-point
tiara was placed on Langley's brunette locks, and the
23-year-old was crowned Miss Alabama 2007.
Standing nearby in Wright Center at Samford University
were her parents, Jeff and Mailey Langley, and her sister,
Julia. She said Julia was just as nervous as she was the
whole night and twice as overjoyed when she won.
"Last night I was ecstatic," Langley said,
smiling Sunday afternoon. "But today I am really
excited and have a sense of peace. I think it's going
to be a great year."
Langley, a native of Wadley, competed as Miss Painted
Rock. She is a senior at Jacksonville State University and
majors in communications with a minor in music. Her goal is
to combine both of her passions and work in entertainment
Langley has competed in the Miss Alabama pageant for six
years, and twice was a top 10 semi-finalist. Last year she
won the talent competition.
Scholarships have helped pay for her education. Along with
her new title, she has won more than $10,000 in
On Saturday, Langley performed the song
"Listen," from the hit movie "Dream
Girls." She won the talent competition on Wednesday
Music has always been a part of her life. Her mother
taught her to sing, and her family performs gospel music in
churches as "The Langleys."
She has also used her vocal talents to promote her
platform, "Cardiac Care: From the Heart." Langley
has been promoting cardiovascular awareness and working with
the American Heart Association each year she's competed
in the Miss Alabama pageant.
She released a CD, "From the Heart," which
features songs about the heart from all genres of music. She
said it's one of the accomplishments she is most proud
of, because cardiovascular disease has affected her life.
Her father, Jeff, had a heart attack when she was 5 years
old. He underwent triple bypass surgery.
"My dad is my ultimate hero," Langley said.
"Just to think I could've lived the majority of my
life without my dad is terrifying."
Langley worked to incorporate an exercise program for
senior citizens at assisted living homes and developed a
Girl Scout uniform patch to promote cardio care.
She said the next year will be a wonderful experience for
her as she lives her dream as Miss Alabama. She will make
many public appearances, give speeches and go on to
represent Alabama in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.
The pageant's date hasn't been set.
Langley said she hopes to inspire young people. She also
hopes to inspire young women to compete in pageants and
eventually, the Miss Alabama Pageant.
"I'm thrilled to be a representative of
Alabama," she said. "I'm proud of our state,
and I think we have good citizens. To be a representative of
them is a blessing to my heart."
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