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Williams takes small-town success to next level

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By Claude Lewis

Krysten Williams has always been one to live life to the fullest.

Growing up in Chiefland, she had her hands in many cookie jars.

A petite beauty, Krysten was voted Watermelon Queen in 1997, Chiefland High Homecoming Queen in 1998, and Christmas Queen in 1999.

But there's a whole lot more than good looks going on with Krysten.

In high school, she was president of student government, a member of FCA and a four-year varsity performer for the Lady Indian volleyball team.

All the while, she worked as a pharmacy technician at a local establishment.

A stellar student, Krysten took her act to the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she graduated in just three years. Her major was political science.

The 25-year-old woman was now ready to take on the world.

Already having some experience in the pharmaceutical field, Krysten caught on in the medical sales field –where she still works today.

She conveniently moved to Neptune Beach just outside Jacksonville.

After a day?s work, Krysten is not the type to come home, flip on the TV and flop down on the couch.

There are many stokes in the fire.

Back in the 1990s, Krysten's mother, Diana, was into the body building scene. In fact, Diana, was Miss Gainesville Body Building champion in 1992.

When Krysten was younger, she wasn't particularly motivated by the body building scene.

But as it turns out, she has warmed to the idea, taking a page from mom.

Krysten has gotten into something similar –figure shows.

It's on the lines of bodybuilding, but not stressing the totally ripped look.

"You're slightly chiseled, not as masculine as bodybuilding,"Krysten said. "I'm not into that."

Krysten worked hard for three months and entered her first competition –the Dexter Jackson Classic at the University of North Florida. Competition involved individual and group pose downs.

"I trained 14 weeks,"she said. "I did cardio, weights and then cardio again every day and then there is the dieting. I had chicken breast, sweet potatoes and brown rice every day."

Krysten wasn't nervous at competition.

"I feed off it and turn it into something positive,"she said. "Pageants were always fun to me. Challenges are fun."

Krysten finished a respectable fifth out of 11 girls.

"I was happy considering it was my first competition,"she said. "I might train for another figure show in April."

2007 continued to be an exciting year for Williams when she learned she was a finalist for the Lex and Terry Swimsuit Calendar.

"I've been listening to Lex and Terry for years,"said Krysten of the popular radio duo. "My mother used to listen to them. I decided to try for their calendar. They picked 30 girls out of 1,200 and then 12 out of the 30."

Guess who was one of the lucky dozen?

Krysten went to Hollywood, Fla. and then Tampa for photo shoots.

She is Miss December in the recently-released calendar covering through 2008. Proceeds from the sales benefit autistic children.

If that isn't enough, Williams found her way into an upcoming HBO movie as an extra. It's called "Recount"–a story about the 2000 election and the controversial Florida vote.

"I'm a Gore campaign staffer and I'm devastated when the news is announced that Bush had the Florida vote,"she said. "I'm in a scene with Kevin Spacey."

Krysten still finds time to visit her parents in Chiefland every few weeks. Diana and her father are very proud. Plus, there's the beloved family dog.

"I try to get them to visit me,"Krysten said. "It's good for them to get out of Chiefland once in a while."