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The message that Tonya Cook wants to deliver is simple. Beauty is not confined to one archetype. It comes in all colors and sizes, and it can only be seen when one exudes a certain disposition. Cook hopes that by organizing her plus-size pageant she can encourage women to get comfortable with maintaining that disposition at all times.
“I am hoping to motivate women to take a step out on life no matter what size or color you are,” Cook said.
Confidence is the key to winning the first plus size pageant that Miami has ever seen, according to Cook.
“They will have to be bold,” Cook says.
The passion, charisma and the high expectations that Cook has for her future contestants is undeniably visible when she sings every adjective that she expects her contestants, and more importantly her winner, to have.
“They have to be confident,” Cook says. “They have to have an attitude as if they are royalty, because after this pageant that is what they will be. They will be royalty.”
Destined for greatness
Cook has been receiving a resounding amount of support. Some of the included sponsors for her pageant include Ashley Stewart, MLK Restaurant, “Keep it 100 music group” and Charles Corner Laundry are some of the sponsors who have thrown their support behind Cook’s vision. Cook expressed gratitude for all the sponsors and sited one person who has been fully supportive of the concept and execution of the pageant.
“Mr. Andrew Kerry has been believing in me from the very beginning and is my biggest sponsor,” Cook said.
The winner of the pageant stands to gain a lot. The winner of the pageant will receive a $2,000 cash prize in addition to being the very first winner of the first ever pageant presented by Pretty Pleasures. The actual pageant will be taking place on March 9th at the Betty T. Ferguson Center.
“It will be a great event,” Cook said. “The contestants will be able to strut their stuff in three segments: Casual, Formal and Swimsuit. You don’t want to miss it.”
By Ju’lia Samuels