"...and Miss Teen USA is Hawaii's Kelly Hu!!!" -- those were the magic words that changed this unsuspecting teenager's life.
On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English,
and Hawaiian ancestry was born inHonolulu, Hawaii to Herbert and
Juanita Hu. Sixteen years later this girl was standing before a live
international television audience of more than 50 million people in
Miami, Florida. Her mother had warned her before the pageant, "Now
don't get too hurt when you don't win because America's not ready for
an Asian Miss Teen USA." Mother's aren't always right, America was
ready for Kelly Hu.From the age of two, Kelly had already begun showing
signs of her performing aspirations. Her mother recalls the toddler
planting herself on her neighbor's front porch singing at the top of
her lungs, making up songs about going to the market and other daily
events.At her first official performance, Kelly played an
angel at her pre-school's Christmas pageant. Overhearing her teacher
express concerns about not having strong singers for the pageant that
year, Kelly took it upon herself to make up for the lack of voices by
belting out "Silent Night" while her 8-year-old brother, Glenn, melted
into his chair in embarrassment.
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