For the first time in its 146-year history, the famous Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has picked a woman to be its ringmaster. Kristen Michelle Wilson, a 35-year-old from Florida was chosen over 100 others who had applied for the position. “I’m so honored and excited to be the first female ringmaster of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and that is just a thrill to even say it,” said Wilson, who directed her first-ever show for the circus on Wednesday. “Ever since I was a child, I have loved performing and entertaining,” she said. “So, to join the ‘greatest show on earth’ is truly just the biggest thrill of my life. It’s a bucket list-level opportunity I never even imagined.” As ringmaster, Wilson directs the show — she sings, talks and rides a float, but does not do any stunts in her act. “I definitely have a larger-than-life personality and I’m really excited about it because that’s really one of the best things about being a ringmaster: You get to be yourself, but you get to be the grandest version of yourself,” she added.
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