While representing the area of Sioux Falls, Kayla Tjaden won her first state title, Mrs. South Dakota America 2018. Securing her self a position at the Mrs. America competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the state pageant, Kayla also won the awards for the best in swimsuit, best evening gown as well as Mrs. Hospitality.
On October 26th, 2013 Kayla and her husband, Stephen, married at the First United Church in Sioux Falls, where they have been raising there small family. Three years ago Kayla and Stephen had a son, who they named Rush. The family also has a pet dog, which is named Millie.
After graduating from Iowa State University with a major in Studied Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising at Iowa State University, Kayla had an online fashion business for two years before she founded and opened her new storefront named "Klutch Trends".
Throughout her pageant reign, Kayla has been raising awareness for her platform, Newborn Nutrition. She has donated over 600 ounces of breast milk to Tiny Treasures, which is a charitable organization which store breast milk in a cold bank, and will help family and mothers who can not supply their newborns with healthy breast milk.