“My message was that with determination and hard work I was able to achieve goals and go much farther than I could have possibly imagined…” — Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, Miss America 1988, lost for six years before finally winning the triple crown. She narrowly lost at Miss Michigan several times, failed to make the top ten at Miss Ohio, and then suffered through a dry spell when she couldn’t win a local title. She nearly quit.
But after she opened a fortune cookie that predicted, “Your dreams will come true next year,” her father and fiancé encouraged her to give it one more try. She took their advice, won her coveted national title . . . and became one of the all-time greats in pageantry.
Throughout Kaye Lani’s six years of losing she continued to reenter and improve, re-enter and improve, trusting that God has purposes for every experience…even failures:
“I really think God had a reason for having me keep working at my goal. After six-and-a-half years I would have a message to give to others. My message was that with determination and hard work I was able to achieve goals and go much farther than I could have possibly imagined…”