Bayleigh Dayton, 24

“Being the first African American Miss Missouri USA, I want to be remembered as hope for young girls that they can accomplish anything they put their mind to.”

In their own words

I started modeling professionally at the age of 14. Runway is my passion, but I also enjoy print and commercial modeling and have been published on both a local and national level. I am the very first African American Miss Missouri USA and placed in the top 10 at the 2017 Miss USA pageant.

I am currently a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. I’ve traveled to 4 continents, over 16 countries and all 50 states. I advocate for women who have been sexually assaulted or abused as a survivor of abuse myself. I’m just a passionate person striving for change. I graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in just 3 year years. I worked for the world famous football program in the administration.

KC Story

Born and raised Kansas City. I Grew up in Lee’s Summit. I’ve lived in Texas, Atlanta and New York, but there is no where in this world quite like Kansas City. The more I travel the more I appreciate and love the Kansas City culture. The barbecue, the people — there is truly no place out there better than home. When competing for Miss USA my entire city rallied behind me. I love Kansas City and all its support.

 

A day in the life

For me there’s no such thing as “typical”. Part of my job description is to be okay with unpredictable circumstances. If I’m not in the sky I’m most likely at a photoshoot or a speaking engagement. I try to make as much time for family and self-care as possible. I’m a yogi and do my best to incorporate yoga and exercise in my daily routine, but most of my time is spent traveling and exploring the world.

 

Legacy

I would like to be known for my work with sexual assault and abuse as well as with anxiety and depression. Life is hard and my only real goal on this earth is to make it better/easier for those around me as well as myself. I just want to be remembered as a giver.

I also would like to be remembered for breaking barriers of color. Being the first African American Miss Missouri USA, I want to be remembered as hope for young girls that they can accomplish anything they put their mind to.

 

Whoa

I love the Adrenaline rush that comes with entertainment. The moment right before you hit the runway or right before you open your mouth to speak is what keeps me coming back. There’s always room for growth or improvement, and it reminds me that I’m still passionate about what I do.

 

Protip

Get out and actually explore! There are so many hidden secrets in the city, and so much culture to be found. As a teenager I couldn’t wait to get out of Kansas City and now as an adult I just can’t wait to come home. Try new things, go new places and really just embrace the space that God blessed you with.