Anchorage, AK - Miss Alaska USA Brooke Johnson is all about breaking barriers with her reign from her tough conversations on mental illness to excelling in a male dominated field.

Johnson lugs around dozens of pounds of equipment every day and sometimes, even does it in heels – further defying the typical description of a photojournalist.

Part of what makes Johnson so good at her job is her bubbly personality – always creating a safe and inviting environment for interviewees.

Pageantry helped Johnson study Digital and Cinema Arts at Lindenwood University, paying a large chunk of her tuition. Now with her degree and her experience, Johnson is looking towards the stars.

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