You probably will not believe this tidbit, but while reading an article a few days ago, I learned that 2.5 million women, not babies and girls, but WOMEN participate or should I say compete in pageants annually. Wow! That's a lot of women. This article really made me realize how valuable pageants are. I admit... I did not always feel like that and honestly, I used to one of those women who really did not understand WHY someone would do a pageant not to mention go from one pageant to another year after year and in some cases, do several in a year's time.
Since I have been directing pageants for the past 6 years, I have grown to see the value; confidence boosting, love of self enhancer, a opportunity to meet new people, have fun, do something different, and especially for mature women pageants, it allows our contestants to dispel the myths of aging. It educates our audience on the spunk, talent, and all the gifts seniors still bring to our communities. It truly gives them a ego boost from out of this world...
Thinking back, I remember my first few years in the pageant industry, people would sarcastically ask if our seniors would be wearing swimsuits. At first, I would be somewhat offended, but later I understood this an an opportunity to educate and empower; educate the person that believes all seniors have wrinkly, frail, old bodies and empower those seniors who need permission to strut their stuff. I see senior women everyday that are reinventing what a senior is today and I thank God for choosing me to live out this vision by creating pageants for senior women!
Kenyonn Demps; Nursing Home Executive Direcctor, College Professor, Pageant Director, Ms. Mompreneur 2014 and 2015, Former Radio Host of Senior Chat with Kenyonn, Wife of 21 years, Mother for 15 years, and a great friend to many strives to enrich the lives of seniors through education, empowerment and, pageantry.