Women should always have an avenue to express their sexiness, especially at a time when the media glorifies model-size women. That’s where the Grown & Sexy Pageant comes in. Hosted by Daveda Hayes-Cunningham, of B-Elite Modeling and Charm School, the pageant celebrated women 25 and older of all shapes, sizes, and ages. With a captive audience of over 250 supporters, 18 women showed how important it is to build self-esteem and self-confidence from the inside out. If you were not in attendance, here’s what you missed on this night to remember.
The pageant was sponsored by Mr. Albert’s Men’s World, The Butterfly Effect Styling Studio, Tresses by Marie Mikel, Catlin Naturals, NGU Designs, Be Shiny! Face and Body, Cut-N-Up Hair Gallery, Paparazzi, Goddess by B. Jolene.
The Grown & Sexy Pageant were none other than “Ms. Sportypants” Zahra Cockfield and Mr. Orlando Grant. Both added their own flava to the pageant.
The evening’s esteemed judges: Mike Berry, Syrmylin Cartwright, Steve Dantzler, Sean Edwards, Darnell Westbrook, Robert Cruz, and Johnny Filmworks.
The Opening Act introduced the contestants with a choreographed routine. The women also introduced themselves and told why they would be crowned Miss Grown & Sexy.
Through six scenes, each contestant gave their best runway walk to impress the judges and their supporters. The scenes were Casual Wear, The Little Black Dress, Theme Wear, Miss Talent, Miss Model, and Formal Wear.
Tellesha “Keisha” Kane was crowned 2018’s Miss Grown & Sexy. The runner-up was Nolana Price, and third place belonged to Heather Marie Evans.
Other awards given were:
- People Choice: Heather Marie Evans
- Miss Personality: Heather Marie Evans
- Miss Congeniality: Shaundallah Rogers
- Most Entourage: Connie Ware
- Miss Talent: Deanna Glenn
- Miss Photogenic: Yvonne Chisholm
- Miss Model: Heather Marie Evans