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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A young East Albany girl is making a statement in her community. She's taking the pageant world by storm and encouraging others to go after their dreams.

Parrish Starling started the pageant process eight months ago and she's already a winner. In June, she won Georgia's title of Cover Girl in the National American Miss pageant in Atlanta.

"I love how we put on dresses and get on stage in a big crowd. Because I watch this show Toddlers and Tiaras. I like how they do and I just wanted to be in the pageants," said Parrish Starling.

Even though Parrish has won the crown, her parents are keeping her humble.

"I'm more excited about it than she is and she does a great job handling it. Knowing she's a winner or whatever and she manages herself real well with the idea of dealing with people," said David Starling.

The Lamar Reese Magnet School student is making a name for herself in her East Albany community. She's letting other girls her age know they can do something positive.

"I'm showing them cause I get a crown and banner and I know they love pageants too," said Parrish Starling.

"It's a few little girls in the neighborhood that seen her with that stuff and they already been asking questions about how can they do it. I think it's good because it makes them want to get into the right path," said David Starling.

And this 7 year-old, who loves baseball, plans to continue competing in pageants as she gets older.

"Because I just love it and I can't stop loving it," said Parrish Starling.

Parrish says the pageants allow her to make new friends and she's ready for the next step in the competition.

Parrish Starling is competing in the National All American Miss Cover Girl pageant in Anaheim California in September.

If you like to help the family with donations or sponsorships, the Starlings can be reached at 229-886-1374. 

 

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