"Lost in the System". New York: Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0684811995. A book she wrote about her childhood experiences in the foster care system.
1 Print Biography |
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5 Pictorials |
5' 7" (1.7 m)
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The pageant was such a fluke. I mean, I was living in an orphanage, and my foster mother bet me $150 to go out for this thing. Nobody, including myself, thought that a foster kid could be a beauty queen. - on being Miss Teen USA 1993
Changed her last name to Ayanna when she learned that Lopez was the last name of her maternal grandfather, who she discovered abandoned her mother. Ayanna means "blessed" and Charlotte feels she has been blessed. Attended the University of California at Irvine. Moved to Vermont with her mother and siblings in 1977.