The 2022 Miss America Emma Broyle opened up about her brother with special needs and how he inspired her activism on NBC news. But do you know Emma’s parents, who were supportive though out her pageantry career, played an even bigger role in her life?
Keep reading to learn more about Emma Broyles parents.
Who Are Emma Broyles Parents?
Emma Broyles was born to her parents, Julie and Ron Broyles. They both hail from Anchorage, Alaska, but her mother also inherits the Korean roots. So, this made Emma the first woman of Korean descent to be named Miss America.
But though Emma may be proud of her roots now, she e struggled to embrace her heritage throughout her childhood. In an interview with Anchorage Daily News, Emma even admitted that she went to great lengths to “look more white.”
“I never really felt like I saw anybody who looked like me, and I hated the fact that I was Korean,” she explained. However, her perspective completely changes doing her high school years. After meeting a group of Korean-American schoolmates, Emma remembers feeling like she could really embrace the culture and be herself.
Now, the Miss America celebrates her Korean background with pride.
On Koren American day 2022, Emma posted on her IG, “Today is National Korean American Day! Today we celebrate the arrival of Korea’s first immigrants to America and the contributions of the Korean American community to the United States.” She also took the time to praise the efforts of her Korean grandparents who immigrated to the US to live the American dream.
Meet Julie Broyles, Emma Broyles Mother
Emma Broyles’s mother Julie Broyles is a first-generation American. Her parents, Myung “Sarah” Kim and Boo Yul “Paul” Kim, came to America in the early 70s right before Julie was born — with hopes that their kids to be able to live that American Dream and have every opportunity possible.
And now, their granddaughter is Miss America. It’s indeed a dream come true.
Sadly, Julie’s grandparents, Chang Yup “Lucy” Kim, and her husband have long passed away.
Julie Broyles was born on May 6, 1971. That made her 51 years of age in 2022.
Also, this means, Julie had Emma when she was 30.
Having a son who needs special care, Julie Broyles chose to become a special education teacher herself. The last we checked, she was working at Service High School — teaching classrooms 9 – 12.
Also, she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education.
Furthermore, she was a board member of the Alaska Down Syndrome Congress.
As for her education, she has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Reportedly, Julie had an annual salary of $76,257 per annum.
Is Julie Broyles On Instagram?
We couldn’t find Julie on Instagram.
But here’s her Facebook @julie.k.broyles.
Meet Ron Broyles, Emma Broyles Father
Though Emma Broyles was open about her mother, she didn’t talk much about her father Ron Broyles, or his heritage.
From what we know, Ron was born to John and JoAnn Broyles. His siblings are Sue Sauter Jeff, John, Stacy, and Julie.
Ron Broyles was born on August 3, 1968. That made him 54 years of age in 2022.
He is three years older than his wife Julie.
Ron Broyles’s job was listed as a Machine Operator, Assembler, and Inspector.
Also, he was a member of the Lakehill LRSA in Alaska, representing Seat C. Broyles.
Seat assumed office on April 18, 2017, and his term will end in 2023.
Later, Ron also ran for re-election to the Lakehill LRSA to represent Seat C in Alaska. He won as a write-in in the general election on April 7, 2020.
Is Ron Broyles On Instagram?
Ron wasn’t on Instagram.
But here’s his Facebook @86east.
Are Emma Broyles Parents Still Married?
Yes, as of 2022, Emma’s parents were still married.
How Many Kids Do Emma Broyles Parents Have?
Emma’s parents share two kids, Brendan and Benjamin Broyles, besides her.
Brendan was the youngest, and Benjamin (the child with special needs) was the oldest. They were 19 and 22 years of age respectively in 2022.
“I remember growing up, my brothers and I all played soccer together and as we got older, it was harder for Brendan to keep up with the other kids his age,” Emma recalled.
But it was only after her mother enrolled Brendan in their local Special Olympics chapter, Emma realized that her brother was “a little bit different from the other kids.” The realization also gave her “almost maternal instinct, this sibling instinct,” to look out for him and to make sure that he had the same opportunities as she did.
Now, Emma works with her mother at the Special Olympics. Infact, she’s been volunteering with the organization for over a decade.
“As a sibling of an individual with an intellectual disability and Special Olympics athlete, I have witnessed the positive impact Special Olympics has on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and communities,” she said.
Where Do Emma Broyles Parents Reside?
Emma’s parents lived in their hometown Anchorage, Alaska.