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Phenix City's Katherine Webb competes at Miss USA pageant, airing June 3

Meet a pageant queen who's grounded enough to mention fake eyelashes and skeet shooting in the same conversation.

Katherine Webb of Phenix City will represent Alabama in the Miss USA pageant, which airs 9 p.m. EDT June 3 on NBC. She knows her fellow contestants have certain expectations of her home state.

"Everybody expects Alabama to be the sweet, down to earth girl," she said.

Underneath her glamorous exterior, Webb fulfills that definition. She learned leadership skills by working in a management position at a local Chick-fil-A. In a Miss USA 2012 YouTube video, she says she was a tomboy while growing up.

"One of my favorite things to do outside is probably go skeet shooting," she says. "I have my own 12-gauge shotgun and that's one of my favorite things I like to do."

Amid the influence of TV cameras and pageant judges, does she worry about changing?

"I do worry about that," Webb said. "You are constantly being judged and critiqued on the way that you look. You have to stay humble."

She stays humble largely by remembering one of her most important goals: being a role model for young women.

"One of the things I am very passionate about is speaking to the younger generation," Webb said. "I don't think that there needs to be a definition for beauty. Every woman is made differently."

She's learned the lesson firsthand. Early in life, she dealt with a skin condition that, paired with the awkwardness of being tall, made her insecure.

"Growing up was not very easy for me," she says in the aforementioned YouTube video interview. Ultimately, she confronted her insecurities by seeing the beauty in the features she once viewed as imperfections.

"I had to just really embrace what I have," she explained.

Enter her role in this year's Miss USA pageant, a competition that's different from the Miss America pageant. The Miss USA pageant advances its winner to the Miss Universe pageant. Donald Trump and NBC own the Miss Universe Organization.

In a pop culture world where some pageants have struggled for relevance, Webb said the Miss Universe Organization has maintained a contemporary appeal.

"I think that Miss Universe has really perfected moving into the new generation," she said.

It's a generation with diverse perceptions of pageants, thanks to everything from traditional beauty queens to the tiny contestants on "Toddlers & Tiaras." Webb admits she's watched the TLC reality series.

But she quickly offers a disclaimer.

"Just for entertainment -- I think it's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen," she said.

Want to support Webb in the Miss USA pageant? Fans can vote to help one woman secure a spot in the semifinals. Voting ends at noon on Saturday, June 2. Visit missuniverse.com to vote.

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