Miss Teen America Finds Freedom, For a Day

Miss Teen America Finds Freedom, For a Day

Before she finished her reign, before she moved out of her mom’s house to start college, the beauty queen wanted to go camping.

 

Eleana Frangedis, 18, lives in an eight-bedroom house in a gated community on the water in Tarpon Springs. She had never hiked or chopped wood or gone more than a day without washing her hair.

 

But in March, in her role as Miss Teen America, she had spent an afternoon at a wilderness camp for troubled girls. She had planned to tell the girls at Camp E-Nini-Hassee they could be anything they wanted to be. Instead, they had inspired her with their stories of survival.