If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years you know a major trend for Black women is going natural. Or, as I like to call it living with the hair God and genetics gave me.
A few weeks ago I attended the Ms./Mrs. Corporate America Pageant. Held annually in Orlando, Florida, the pageant is one that celebrates beautiful women and their accomplishments. To my surprise and delight one of the contestants as well as one of the past winners proudly rocked natural hair.
Another natural woman was 2014 Mrs. Corporate America Caprice Smith. Not only does she rock a natural, she does it while motivating others and handling her business. The retired detective, yes you read it right, has been named Top 100 Minority Business In The Mid-Atlantic Region, Baltimore Times Indie Entrepreneur of The Week, Black Wall Street Honoree and Baltimore’s Best.
The MCA Pageant
This pageant mixes business and beauty while providing platform for women to “promote themselves, enhance self-confidence, strengthen leadership skills, accomplish personal and professional goals and establish friendships with other professional women.” In addition to providing this opportunity to professional women The MCA Pageant raises funds for Dress for Dress for Success. According to www.MissCorporateAmerica.com their mission is to:
- Provide a forum that highlights a woman’s professional achievements and accomplishments in the community and in the workplace.
- Uplift women to gain an appreciation for their role in society as successful leaders, business owners, and role models for other, young, aspiring business professionals.
- Improve communication skills and strengthen interview skills.
- Build self-confidence and take pride in overall personal and professional image.
- Emphasize that the Ms./Mrs. Corporate America Pageant is a resource for women to develop life skills that will shape their future and help them be their best in everything they do.
If this sounds like a pageant you can support or participate in, please visit the website. If you are a business and would like to become a sponsor, please contact Sedaria Williams.