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JUL 2018

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bearnos.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 21 THE PORTRAIT FLASHBACK Braea Tilford Miss Kentucky In January, Braea Tilford stood onstage in a glittering red dress that billowed to the floor. A white sash draped from her right shoulder to left hip. Her final competitor wore what looked like a wedding gown. "If Miss Kentucky cannot complete her duties," a faraway voice said, "the runner-up will take her place." Tilford fidgeted, stretched her neck as the announcer slowly eked out the name of the runner-up. Which was not Tilford's name. Which meant Tilford had won Miss Kentucky. She held in tears as she accepted a bouquet of white flowers, a new sash and a studded crown. "It is a nerve-racking process because you're be- ing judged on who you are," the 25-year- old says. Growing up in the Jeffersontown area, Tilford didn't dream of crowns and sashes. She spent a lot of time on cheer and dance teams. After graduating from Central High School and U of L, she created Grow, Lead, Inspire, a weekend conference in the fall for girls ages 13 to 18. Eventually, she decided the pageant world could help her reach women and spread a message about leadership and self-love. Being Miss Kentucky also means speaking engagements with young wom- en, charitable appearances and com- munity-outreach events. And qualifying for Miss USA. (On Miss America ending its swimsuit competition, Tilford says, "I definitely think there are other ways a woman can display her confidence.") Tilford didn't place in the top 15 at Miss USA in May, but during the competi- tion she did field a question about Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate majority leader from her home state. Question: If you had the opportunity to meet Mitch McConnell, what would you say? Answer: "I'd ask how he could assist me in ampli- fying my efforts to assist women in my community." — Jenny Kiefer July 1988 On the cover: Classy and black, with gold lettering for the third annual of Best of Louisville Awards. Inside: When it comes to Best of Louis- ville, some things never change. In 1988, Captain's Quarters won for Best Restau- rant View; this year, readers voted it Best Outdoor Patio. Then again, some things do change. For example, we asked readers which neighborhood was 1988 Louisville's best-kept secret. An- swer: the Highlands. An accompanying story mentioned the neighborhood's "well-kept older homes, most of them with two or more stories, front porches, and built with a free decorative hand that's been paralyzed in our own time; streets lined with mature trees; side- walks on the streets; and a population that has an appreciation for the area's urban tinge as well as its greenery." The charm of the Highlands was "intimately connected to walking," probably to a restaurant: "The Bristol's opening in 1977 started the transformation of Bardstown Road into 'Restaurant Row.'" The story's opening image captured a young skateboarder wearing a pink Got- cha-brand T-shirt with matching flat-bill cap, a red fanny pack and white rolled- down socks. You can see Carmichael's in the background. Outside: July 1988 Courier-Journal headlines: "Five deaths linked to heat and humidity"; "NCAA notifies UK of in- quiry, expects to file 10 more charges"; "Softhearted policeman faked traffic tickets to save face"; "Dukakis asks Ken- tuckians for 'solid victory'"; "Kentucki- ans show new spirit, optimism." — Megan Brewer

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