Miss Oklahoma Lauren Frost talks about her journey and goals

Lauren Frost turned to her fellow competitors in disbelief when she won the Miss Oklahoma Competition.

They smiled and shouted the words “it’s you” to Frost as the Miss Oklahoma runner-up was announced. She didn’t respond for a moment, shocked by the news.

Frost, a native of Wagoner, was crowned the 90th Miss Oklahoma on June 8 at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa. She was selected from 41 entrants and earned a $30,000 scholarship and entry into the Miss America competition.

Frost, 24, started competing in pageants when she was 15. She only made the Miss Oklahoma Teen Top 10 once and also made the Miss Oklahoma Top 10 only once before winning the title.

“So basically, from the outside view, my progress has been very slow,” said Frost, who competed as Miss Bricktown. “But something I said to everyone when they handed me the microphone after I was crowned was, ‘This is your sign that hard work pays off.’ Your timing: If you should be Miss Oklahoma, then you will be Miss Oklahoma, and it doesn’t matter where you placed the year before. It’s a clean slate. ”

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Frost’s community service initiative for the game was “Adoption as Oklahoma’s Option.” Frost, an adoptee herself, advocated for adopted children long before Miss Oklahoma.

She considered studying social work at Northeastern State University, but ultimately earned a degree in business communications. She plans to use her Miss Oklahoma scholarship to attend law school and become an adoption attorney.

“I think I knew from a young age that I had a calling to advocate for adoption, because while my story is truly joyful and it offers me a lot of hope, I know that this is not the case for everyone who is dealing with adoption or foster care,” Frost said. “So I use my story a bit as a sense of encouragement. This is how it can be. And this is how it should be, and this is what we should strive for.”

Frost said she had known she was adopted for as long as she could remember. Her brother is also adopted and they share a birth mother. She said her parents have always valued adoption and respect her birth mother, who attended the Miss Oklahoma Competition with some of Frost’s half-siblings. Frost said her experience encouraged her to talk about the importance of building a family through adoption and informing women who experience an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy that adoption is an option.

Recalling her childhood, Frost said she would watch Miss America on TV, pretend to be a judge and gamble on which contestant would win. She said she thinks of that younger version of herself when she thinks about her future as she walks across the Miss America stage for millions of other girls to see.

“It’s so surreal because I think people all over the country know who Miss America is,” Frost said. “Many of us grew up watching Miss America. I mean, she’s an icon.”

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Lauren Frost dances a clog routine in the talent portion of the Miss Oklahoma Competition in Tulsa on Saturday. Frost, a Wagoner native, was captain of the Northeastern State University pom team when the squad won the 2022 Division II national title.

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As a teenager, Frost became familiar with competition through constipation. A friend who competed in pageants saw Frost’s talent and how much she traveled to dance, so she suggested Frost compete in a pageant. When she tried it, she found she lacked the talent part but wasn’t as prepared for the rest.

“It took me a while to understand that everyone has to start somewhere,” Frost said. “And I was 15 at the time, so it was kind of tricky to navigate while trying to get comfortable and work on your communication skills.”

After learning the ropes in that first competition, Frost moved on to pageants, winning titles including Miss Oklahoma City, Miss Northeastern and Miss Bricktown. On Saturday at the Miss Oklahoma Competition, she returned to her roots by dancing a clogging routine to “Hound Dog” for the talent portion.

Frost won the preliminary talent award, the preliminary evening gown award, the community service award and the social media award at the Miss Oklahoma Competition 2024. The date of the Miss America Competition has not yet been announced.

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