State Pageant Needs Local Contestants

"It's not about having the perfect figure or having the perfect face or having the perfect hair. It's about being the best you that you can be," said Mrs. Mississippi America 2004 Suzi Blissard.

And the best of Suzi Blissard won her the title of Mrs. Mississippi America 2004.

The Houston, Mississippi native says she's always been interested in pageants, but had concerns when she first decided to enter.

"When I competed here locally, I thought when I got here I thought why am I even here, you know because I'm not as pretty as some of these girls you know, I'm not as thin as this one, I don't have this going for me, but not at all. I believe in the America system, that what they're looking for more than just a beauty is a well-rounded individual," said Blissard.

"It's really just how you feel about yourself really, and it's really all in the mind. So you do not have to be what you would consider to be in just complete tip top shape. It really does not make a difference. It's how you feel in your heart and in your mind," said state pageant director Sharon Coleman.

State pageant director Sharon Coleman is looking for ladies with this type of positive attitude to enter in this year's Mrs. Mississippi America pageant.

She says the experience as well as the benefits are unbelievable.

The reigning queen agrees.

"I would encourage anyone that has had a dream of pageantry or just doing something for yourself. You get to meet other women. You get to spend a couple of days just taking care of you. It's a lot of fun," said Blissard.

This year's pageant is scheduled for May 16 and 17 at the Biloxi Saenger Theatre.

If you would like to compete or just more information, call Sharon Coleman at 228-297-5050.