Life for a beauty queen is supposed to be about glitz and glam but for one American beauty it is more about keeping a roof over her head.
It seems 23-year-old Miss Colorado 2011 has been facing challenges all her life.
For Blair Griffith it took four attempts in pageants before she won the title of Miss Colorado Teen USA in 2006. It was a great success for the teenager.
But her father who encouraged her to participate in the contest couldn't share her joy. By the time she won he had already passed away due to cancer.
The young woman could not think of a worse twist of fate when a year later, even more heartache struck when Griffith's mother suffered a heart attack.
The medical expenses dinted the family budget and forced the family out of their home – just weeks after she was crowned Miss Colorado 2011.
“It was a difficult thing to go through to sit there and go, 'Where are we going to go now?” Griffith said.
Unfortunately, it gets worse.
Griffith is going to lose her job soon. The shop where she works is closing in March 19th.
Now her only hope for a better future is winning the 2011 Miss USA title.
Even being homeless and completely broke, Blair Griffith continues to train for her upcoming competition, hoping to claim a slice of normality.