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Phila. native goes from beauty queen to homeless

Friday, May 04, 2012
, Shirleen Allicot
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Blair Griffith seemed to have it all when she won Miss Colorado in 2010.

She had the crown and the glory - but soon she'd be without a kingdom. Just a month after winning the title she became homeless.

"I was most afraid of how people would judge me or react to that situation," she said.

Things began spiraling downhill for Blair after her father died and her mother's health began to fail. They were evicted from their home just 30 days after Blair was crowned.

But somehow she was able to find the strength to share her story. Blair was even featured on ABC's 20/20.

Today the 24-year-old and her mother, Bonita, are still homeless but they're hoping to start fresh in the place where Blair was born, Philadelphia.

"My dad was originally from here. My grandma is 94 years old, she's still here, so it's really, really great to be back where I came from," said Blair.

We sat down with Blair at the home of her godparents, Everett and Gloria Richardson, where she and her mother have been staying ever since they came back to Philadelphia in December. She was excited to tell us things are finally looking up.

"The number one thing is that I'm employed, I have a steady income," Blair said.

After losing her job at Saks Fifth Avenue in Colorado last year Blair is now working full time at Saks in Bala Cynwyd. It's afforded her the opportunity to help her mom get health insurance, something Bonita desperately needed.

"As recently as 2011 I had another angioplasty," Bonita told us. "I have really 3 stents in my heart right now."

Bonita is now under the care of a doctor, she can afford her medication, and has not been hospitalized for months.

During the course of our interview, Blair also told us she was very excited that she and her mother had finally found a home.

"My mom and I are about to move into a home again, which is absolutely incredible. And it's something I can honestly say, a year ago, I didn't think could happen," she said.

But the following day Blair once again received some bad news.

"Unfortunately this morning we got the news that we didn't get accepted into the place we were looking at," she said.

Yet in the face of more disappointment, Blair is keeping it together and staying poised like the pageant queen she is.

She told us she is determined to continue being a voice for the homeless in America

"It's something that is really near and dear to my heart that I want to continue working on beyond being Miss Colorado USA," she said. "Just because I don't have the title anymore doesn't mean this isn't happening in our world today."

Blair also remains determined to find a place she and her mother can finally call home here in Philadelphia.

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