West Valley graduate Jadyn Fraser wins title ‘Miss Alaska Teen USA 2020’
On November 2nd, 2019, Jadyn Fraser from Fairbanks was crowned ‘Miss Alaska Teen USA 2020.’
When asked what it’s been like since she won, Fraser told us "it’s been so much fun! I have a whirlwind of things that I’m already starting to plan to do, and I’m just more than excited to be able to do this. My whole life has turned around in the best possible way."
She says she is looking forward to using the platform to advocate for people who have invisible illnesses. “You are not a limitation of what your body makes you limited to. So being able to advocate for people that don’t feel like they can get up and do whatever they feel like doing that day...I’m all about it. You can do whatever you put your mind to and I’m here to be able to tell everybody that,” said Fraser.
Fraser was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. “It’s been a crazy couple months trying to get a hold of that and try and understand what my body needs from me now... but I’m making it work, and I’m making it happen. It’s a day by day process,” said Fraser.
She says her platform is not only personal to her, but also her sister who has a few invisible illnesses, such as POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and dysautonomia. “It’s not something that’s normal for people here in Alaska, it’s not something that anybody really knows about. Living in a place like Alaska, where we also have seasonal depression, it’s huge. It’s not something you see when you look at somebody just staring eye to eye to them. It’s something that you really have to talk to somebody and know something about them to know about... but everybody goes through it, everybody knows somebody that is going through it. So if we can be a voice, advocate for each other to pull each other out of these slumps, to know that there’s always somebody there to talk to, I’m all about it,” said Fraser.
Now, Fraser says she will start visiting schools and events around the community, being an advocate for people with invisible illnesses. “I’m really excited, and I really am about this title and I’m going to do the best that I can do to make this community come together and be a voice for people that need to have somebody be a voice for them,” said Fraser.
Although she doesn’t know where or when they will be yet, Fraser will start preparing for the national ‘Miss Teen USA’ competition.