Telling Alaska’s Story: Meet Ms. Wheelchair Alaska USA

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Anchorage resident Kristie Lent will represent the state in a national pageant in Ohio this summer, but it’s one some people may not be familiar with. Lent is Ms. Wheelchair Alaska USA, the first contestant the state has ever had.


Lent said she grew up watching beauty pageants on television with her mom, but never imagined she could be in one. Contestants need to be at least 18 years old but there is no other age limit or marital status requirement. Lent, who recently turned 44 and is married, is a professional photographer who often volunteers with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. With her platform “travel without barriers,” she wants to focus particularly on accessibility issues with airlines as well as share the many ways she gets around in Alaska.

Lent said she is thankful to friends, family and members of the mushing community who have helped her so far in her quest to win the national title. A public meet-n-greet with Lent is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Northern Wings Café, at 750 W. Dimond Blvd.


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QuinceMountain Very cool!

trojanman48 A great rep for Alaska!

I don't have a huge following. Can AK_Chick tonichelleak coldfootfilms BlairBraverman QuinceMountain boost this?

Love this story!

Kristie is amazing! 👑

Glad to hear you are giving Kristie some love, but the story really downplays the others (yes, more than one) who have been in the better known Ms. Wheelchair America contest and that's too bad.

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