"Djuan simply radiates inside and out. All it takes is a few moments with her - and you will be inspired, intent, and ready to own your journey."
Executive Director, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
"Djuan Trent is a new, energetic voice using her inspired sense of possibility to push the conversation forward on a range of issues. Her reach melts traditional barriers of class, age, race, gender, and sexual orientation with a powerful message which reminds us that what connects us is much more powerful than what divides us."
Inspired to Inspire.
A motivational speaker, inspirational writer, advocate for equality and empowerment, and former Miss Kentucky, Djuan Trent is in the business of inspiring and changing lives.
Djuan Trent, born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, made her way to Kentucky by way of Berea College. In 2010, Trent gained the opportunity to travel and speak at schools and events across the Commonwealth, after capturing the title of Miss Kentucky. She went on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in 2011, where she was voted Contestant's Choice and finished as a top ten semi-finalist.
During her year of service as Miss Kentucky, Trent became known and highly regarded for her innate ability to connect with and inspire her audiences. In 2014, Trent she chose to come out publicly as "queer", rattling the ideas and conceptions of many throughout the nation, and becoming the first "out" pageant title holder to have competed on a national stage.
Speaker. Writer. Advocate.
As a Speaker...
Trent creates and tailors every presentation to reach every audience. She speaks at schools, conferences and events, sharing her story. Trent presents a wide variety of topics ranging from self-esteem, personal identity, goal setting and achieving .
As a Writer...
Trent generally shares in the style of personal narrative, pulling most of her inspiration from everyday situations and interactions with a dollop of mindfulness. Most of her writing can be found on her personal blog- a reflective collection of stories, experiences, thoughts, and life lessons.
As an Adovcate...
As a result of her upbringing, youth mentoring and homelessness prevention lie at the core of who Trent is. She is also a strong advocate for the equality and empowerment for women, African Americans and the LGBTQ community. She has developed partnerships and relationships with organizations and campaigns, including Dare to Be Bold, Human Rights Campaign, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington Fairness, Many Voices, Catholic Action Center, and Powered with Pride. She serves on the Miss Kentucky Board of Directors, Berea College Young Alumni Advisory Council and is a co-chair for Southerners for Freedom to Marry. She is also an alumna of Emerge Kentucky, a political program that identifies and trains women to run for public office.