It is one of the most glamorous events of the week. The 42 Miss Mississippi contestants on parade in Downtown Vicksburg. But the young women will be the first to tell you they are much more than gowns, sequins and tiaras.
The annual parade of contestants is more than tradition for the contestants and supporters of Miss Mississippi. It is another chance for pageant watchers to pick out the contestant who they believe should win the title. For the contestants it is an opportunity to touch the crowd, to see family and friends and it provides some down time to relax and enjoy the moment. Most of their days are filled with hours of rehearsals and interviews with the judges. But these young women are on a mission.
"I've actually already worked on some products for Aveda and for our military in the cosmetic lab at Southern Miss", said Kimberly Page, Miss Deep South.
"I've met with our Governor, Phil Bryant, and he has endorsed me as an official spokesperson for human trafficking awareness in Mississippi", Taylor Townsend, Miss Mississippi College said.
Most of them have spent nearly a year preparing for this week. Others have had just a few months to work on the pageant between graduations, college schedules, and family obligations.
"With senior year going on I was like yeah, I'm a senior, I'm gonna have fun, I'm gonna enjoy. After graduation I was like on my goodness I have less than a month before Miss Mississippi", said Ariel Cheng, Miss Madison.
"I was kind of like get right and get tight real soon Kennitra! But its exciting", Kennitra Thompson, Miss Metro Jackson said.
There are seven contestants who are students at Mississippi State University, 10 from Ole Miss, 3 from William Carey University, four from USM, one from Jackson State University, one from Alcorn, and three from Mississippi College.
The last 3 young women to win the Miss Mississippi crown have been from Mississippi State, including Mary Margaret Roark the reigning Miss Mississippi.
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:54:20 GMT
On Wednesday, a big break everyone's been waiting for Gulfport police reveal the name of the man accused of the murder of Janaya Thompson. "Today at approximately 2:45 p.m. we charged Alberto JulioMore >>
On Wednesday, a big break everyone's been waiting for Gulfport police reveal the name of the man accused of the murder of Janaya Thompson.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:54:15 GMT
A huge fire in Ocean Springs temporarily shut down part of Government Street on Wednesday afternoon as firefighters worked to save the YMCA teen counseling and senior center.More >>
A huge fire in Ocean Springs temporarily shut down part of Government Street on Wednesday afternoon as firefighters worked to save the YMCA teen counseling and senior center. Flames shot through the building, and YMCA officials said they're pretty sure the facility is now a complete loss.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:54:19 GMT
Could a school rivalry be what's causing the Harrison County School District to spend thousands of dollars repairing damage?More >>
Could a school rivalry be what's causing the Harrison County School District to spend thousands of dollars repairing damage? Some time in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, school officials said vandals went onto the campus of Harrison Central High School. Superintendent Henry Arledge told WLOX he believes what happened could be connected to vandalism that happened at West Harrison High last year.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:11:37 GMT
man who was arrested last week for burglary is now charged with the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson. Alberto Garcia has been in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center since Friday. More >>
Gulfport Police will hold a news conference at 3pm to release new information about the investigation into the murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson. WLOX News will live stream the news conference as soon as it starts.More >>