Jenelle Hutcherson has been gaining a lot of media attention lately. She moved to Long Beach from Bakersfield in California about three years ago in order to work at The Den Salon, and she was talking to one of her clients when she decided to compete in the Miss Long Beach Pageant. Oh yes, that client is one of the people who directs that pageant.
Janelle has been covered in the OC Weekly and Los Angeles Times as well as the Huffington Post and Orange County Register. Heck, she even got covered here on our little blog.
According to GLAAD, “She breaks stereotypes and is spreading the message of diversity, creativity and equality. At GLAAD, we think telling these types of stories in the media is important. Jenelle will be a role model for other young LGBT folks to look up to.”
The writer at GLAAD talked to Janelle and she stated that “I am running for Miss Long Beach and Miss California USA. I will be the first to wear a tux on stage. Also, this will be the first time someone who is openly lesbian this will represented in this pageant. I hope to bring a message of equality. As an artist in the beauty industry, I can appreciate every texture and color on my pallet. I believe true beauty is something we see every day and comes from within, and I will represent a variety of beauty on stage.”
She is having to raise a lot of money to cover the registration for the Miss California USA pageant, and you can find out how to help her via the GLAAD blog.