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Utah burn survivor aims to become beauty queen

Childhood injuries left Utah woman feeling ‘‘ugly,’’ but she says she aimed to become a beauty queen and “use that title for something good.”

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"Society has made burn survivors ... seem a little awkward and out there," Wiggins said. "Burn survivors showing the world their ability to succeed is a really important thing. ... Other survivors need that."

Farnsworth-Stratton also wants to spread a wider message, to burn survivors and others, about the value of inner beauty over physical appearance.

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Amy Farnsworth-Stratton, a burn survivor who is Mrs. Utah International 2014, gives free presentations about being a burn survivor and inner beauty versus outer beauty. If you’re interested in inviting her to speak, email her at amyfarnsworth@vernaltutoring.com or call her at 435-219-1888. She also has a Facebook page here.

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It’s not the type of message some would expect at a beauty pageant. But Farnsworth-Stratton isn’t a typical beauty pageant contestant.

"We all have things about us that are beautiful," she said, "and it’s who we are and what we do with our lives that make us beautiful."

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