Columbus, OH, September 04, 2012: April 1-7, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio will mark the culmination of pageant festivities for full-figured females from across the state of Ohio. Now is the time for ladies who wear size 14W or larger and are age 13 and up to qualify for their local city title. A local title can be secured by females living, working, owning property or going to school in a specific Ohio city. Ladies may compete in one of four categories – Miss, Ms., Mrs., or Teen Ambassador. Complete qualifications may be found at www.missplusamerica.com, the national pageant website.
The state and national pageant share the same mission and philosophies. Melissa Stamper, National Executive Director and President, says, “committed to the plus size woman, we believe that all women are beautiful, inside and out and deserve a chance to promote those causes closest to her heart with a title worthy of her representation. The Miss Plus AmericaTM Pageant System is an organization devoted to celebrating the essence of the full-figured woman. Women with ambition, our Plus America titleholders are women with uncompromising morals and a desire to serve their communities through active volunteerism.”
Ohio native Esther Renee Brandon, former 2010 Ms. Plus America, and as featured on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss, is giving back to an organization that has given so much to her by serving as this year’s Executive Director for the Ohio Plus America Pageant. Brandon says, “I am looking forward to the 2013 Ohio Plus America delegates competing locally and then having the winning Ohio queens compete at nationals. They will be following the notable legacy of 4 past Ohioans that have earned a national crown.” In addition to Brandon, Jenna Vaught (2007 Miss Plus America Elite), Evelyn Bailey (2010 Miss Plus America Elite), and Jenae Littlejohn (2011 Miss Plus America Teen Ambassador) represented Ohio well during their respective national reign. Brandon questions, “Who will be next?” further stating the Ohio Plus America motto, “You’re already a Queen; might as well come get your CROWN!”
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