Lauren Caitlin Upton of Lexington, S.C., shown in this undated modeling photo, has become a national sensation after her grammatically challenged response to a question at the Miss Teen USA pageant in Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 24, 2007 (photo courtesy Locke Management)
(Just in case you missed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww)
"I was never much of a pageant girl," Upton said in an interview published just hours before Friday's competition. "When I first started pageants, I wanted to build up my communication skills for interviews for college and for jobs. I was determined to prove I was able to accomplish anything I put my mind to."
According to Upton, "I didn't do anything wrong. I wasn't expecting [the question]. I lost my train of thought."
Miss South Carolina Teen USA says she graduated with a 3.5 grade-point average from Lexington High School in June, and was a varsity athlete and student leader. "I just want people to know that I'm an average teenage girl, living life to the fullest, learning from my mistakes and living life in a positive way, and that is all I can ask for."
(Wow, is that “pageant speak” or what? She really has improved her communication skills.)
While millions have seen her clip on the Internet and television, Upton said she's not interested in taking a gander. "I don't really want to hear myself," she laughingly told her local newspaper.
Andrew Levy, the ombudsman for the Fox News Channel's overnight show "Red Eye" sarcastically noted, "Whitney Houston says she no longer believes the children are our future."
Upton will get another chance at answering questions in the morning as she's slated to appear on NBC's "Today Show."
Upton is considering scholarship offers from Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech.
Duke isn't interested as she clearly isn't foresightful.