Porter is a 2005 graduate of Clay-Chalkville High School. She attended Auburn University and was a four-year member of the Tiger Paws dance team and also performed with the Birmingham Ballet Company. She earned her undergraduate degree in communication at Auburn in 2009 and is employed as a tap dance instructor at The Pointe Dance Arts in Hoover.
Porter has competed in pageants since 2003 and has been crowned Miss Clay-Chalkville, Miss Talladega County, Miss Smiths Station, Miss Chattahoochie Valley, Miss Painted Rock and Miss Leeds Area. She finished third in the 2009 Miss Alabama pageant, and was recognized as "Miss Congeniality". She followed that with a top-10 finish in 2010 before winning the 2011 Miss Alabama competition. Her service platform involves working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Porter finished in the top 15 of the Miss America pageant in January 2012, but was eliminated following the swimsuit competition. For the first time, however, the pageant allowed the non-semi-finalists to select one of the eliminated semi-finalists to re-enter the competition. Porter was selected by her fellow contestants, putting her in the top 13, but was then eliminated again between the evening gown and talent competitions.
- Busch, Matthew (June 11, 2011) "There she is: Courtney Porter is new Miss Alabama." Birmingham News
- Walton, Val (January 14, 2012) "Miss Alabama Courtney Porter makes top 13 in Miss America pageant, misses top 10." Birmingham News
- Courtney Porter tap performance for Miss Chattahoochie Valley, 2009
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