Caelynn Miller-Keyes


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Caelynn Marie Miller-Keyes (born June 15, 1995) is an American television personality, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. Miller-Keyes received national recognition after appearing as a contestant on season 23 of The Bachelor. Prior to her television career, Miller-Keyes had been crowned Miss Virginia Teen USA 2013 and Miss North Carolina USA 2018, additionally placing as the first runner-up at the Miss USA 2018 competition.

While competing in The Bachelor, Miller-Keyes received widespread attention and praise regarding her decision to detail the circumstances of a sexual assault she was the victim of while a college student. Her story was reported on by media outlets such as Forbes, Vogue, Inquisitr, Bustle, and Refinery29.

Early life and education

Miller-Keyes was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her father is Jerry Keyes, a former field agent for the United States Secret Service, her grandmother is a Native American heritage, descended from Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians tribe, while her other grandmother was the first woman to become head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles. As a child, she was diagnosed with encephalitis and was told by doctors she only had a 10% chance of ever walking again; she ultimately ended up fully recovering.

Miller-Keyes attended Stafford Senior High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majored in broadcast journalism. Prior to winning Miss North Carolina USA, Miller-Keyes moved from Virginia to Asheville, North Carolina and began working as a social media consultant.

Career

Pageantry

Miller-Keyes's pageantry career began at the age of 16, after competing in Miss Virginia Teen USA 2013. She went on to win the title on her first attempt, and represented Virginia at Miss Teen USA 2013 at Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Miller-Keyes ultimately did not place in the pageant, and crowned Olivia Fletcher as her successor at the end of her reign.

Miller-Keyes returned to pageantry several years after winning Miss Virginia Teen USA, and competed in Miss Virginia USA in 2016 and 2017, placing as the third runner-up and first runner-up, respectively. After moving to North Carolina, Miller-Keyes competed in Miss North Carolina USA 2018, representing Asheville, and won the title. As Miss North Carolina USA, Miller-Keyes was given the right to represent North Carolina at the Miss USA 2018 competition, held in Shreveport, Louisiana. While at Miss USA, Miller-Keyes advocated for her platform of sexual assault awareness. She went on to place as the first runner-up in the competition, behind eventual winner Sarah Rose Summers of Nebraska. After finishing her reign, Miller-Keyes was unable to crown her successor due to filming commitments for The Bachelor. Her successor, Cheslie Kryst, was instead crowned by Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2018 Kaaviya Sambasivam.

Reality television

In 2018, Miller-Keyes was cast in season 23 of The Bachelor, starring former professional football player Colton Underwood. Filming for the season took place throughout fall 2018, and Miller-Keyes was later revealed by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a contestant on December 6, 2018. Hannah Brown, another contestant, was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2018 and was Miller-Keyes's roommate at Miss USA.

In the January 28, 2019 episode of the season, Miller-Keyes revealed to Underwood the details of a sexual assault that she was a victim of during her sophomore year of college, and how the experience led to her having difficulty opening up and trusting men for a period of time. Miller-Keyes received widespread attention and praise from the media after the episode aired, with outlets identifying the airing of their conversation as support for the Me Too movement. Miller-Keyes placed fourth in the season, being eliminated by Underwood during the hometown dates portion of the show in the episode aired on February 25, 2019.

Personal life

As Miss North Carolina USA, Miller-Keyes revealed that she was a survivor of sexual assault and adopted sexual assault awareness as her primary platform of advocacy during the Miss USA competition. During season 23 of The Bachelor, Miller-Keyes went into detail regarding her assault, revealing that it occurred during her sophomore year of college when she and some friends were drugged and raped by a group of boys they were friends with. Miller-Keyes also had indecent pictures of her taken while she was incapacitated. After learning of her assault, Miller-Keyes reached out to hospitals for a rape kit, and was turned away by the first hospital, while the second hospital's investigation came back inconclusive due to the time that had passed since the assault. Of her assaulters, one was expelled from school while the others were left unpunished.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Miss USA 2018 Herself Miss North Carolina USA; first runner-up
2019 The Bachelor Herself Contestant; season 23; 4th Place


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