|Toccara Burgess, Brittany Williams, Shamika Adams, Tarsha Hagan-Watts, Charleen James, Kim Davis|
The Full Figure Queen Pageant is back for its 2nd year and it just keeps getting better and better. Under the direction of Brenda “The Promoter” Murray, Jacksonville celebrated the full-figured woman in a very special way on September 11, 2011.
The full figured queen pageant is an annual event that is meant to honor and showcase plus size men and women. This year the pageant was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Jacksonville. There were six contestants whose ages ranged from 18-35. These group of women brought with them beauty, class, and talent that included dance, spoken word, and sign language.
We were introduced to the Queens in there opening act. They danced to music by Mary J. Blige, “Just Fine” with lyrics that read:
“So I like what I see when I’m looking at me when I’m walking pass a mirror…” With every step that these ladies took one could easily tell that they embraced these words and expressed them through their dance.
If you are not familiar with the world of pageantry and you think all you need to win the crown is a puffy dress, heavy make-up, and a stiff hand wave then your sadly mistaken.
|The Queens in their opening act|
But these ladies were definitely up to the challenge. They walked the runway flawlessly and answered their interview question without breaking a sweat.
|Ms. Full Figure Queen: Shamika Adams|
|Brittany Williams in a suprise proposal|
Other special attractions included, three dance numbers by the Dazzling Diamonds, a line dancing group with women ranging in age from 65 to 80. The group is spear headed by Dr. Dawn McDermott. There was also a special performance by Gregory, The gospel artist. Mr. Gary Thomas of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Foundation made a special speech and also served as a judge. Commentators included Dr. Drake of 92.5, First Lady Kimberly Mckissick of Bethel Baptist and Candace Smith creator of Phatabulous Magazine.
|Commentators: Dr. Drake of 92.5, First Lady Bethel Baptist Kimberly Mckissick, Candace Smith|
|Brenda "The Promoter" Murray|
|Tarsh Hagan-Watts strutting her stuff in her casual wear|
|The Queen-Shamika adams|
|The Dazzling Diamonds|
|Opera Singer-Mrs. Melissa Todd-Doehne|
|Kimberly Davis performing a monologue|
|"The Queen"Shamika adams performing Single Ladies|
|The 2010 Queen Monique Coles|
|One of the performances "Gregory the Gospel artist"|
|Mr. Gary Thomas with the MLK Memorial Foundation|
Brenda “The Promoter” Murray is now registering youth for her next upcoming debut, “The Unique Teen King and Queen Pageant. For more information on any of these events please contact her at:
www.brendathepromoter.com or call 904-887-4165.