Moore crowned Miss Essence

By Abdullah Raslan
On November 9, 2011

After an aggressive eight-week practice, the contestants for the 2011 Miss Essence pageant finally took the stage Wednesday at the Fowler Center.

For the first time this year, both the Black Student Association and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity combined their efforts to bring this 15-year-old tradition to life.

"It's dedicated to the beauty of the African American woman," said Aaron Moore, president of BSA and senior marketing and management major of Little Rock.

"The event celebrates and showcases the beauty of the black woman inside and out." Moore added.

The theme of the pageant was "An Evening With the Stars." A theme that best describes the contestants said Alicia Rose, vice president of BSA junior graphic design major of Jonesboro.

"All the girls were extremely talented and shined in their own light so we thought that it would be appropriate to have the theme as ‘An Evening With the Stars'," Rose said.

"The contestants have worked very hard to make this pageant a success and we are excited to have seen the progress and talent of these young ladies."

The judges had the tedious job of judging the contestant over beauty, talent and intellect.

The night started with a group dance followed by a creative costume portion, where the contestants showcased a character with a spoken word segment. Contestants then showcased their talent then walked in their evening gown.

The contestants were then tested on their intellectual ability in the interview section of the night.

The questions ranged from a variety of subjects such as education and womanhood.

Contestant number eight, sophomore communication studies of Falcon, Latasha Moore was asked when does she think a girl turns into a woman.

Moore replied that a girl turns into a woman whenever she realizes how to deal with life around her.

While the judges were in deliberation, the A Touch of Class dance team took the stage to showcase their dancing ability to Whitney Houston's version of "I'm Every Woman."

The top three winners were awarded book scholarships for the next semester.

The miss congeniality award went to freshman music major of Little Rock LaDawna Williams, first runner-up went to senior early childhood education of Osceola, Tyneisha Collins and the Miss Essence crown and the most advertisements awards went to Moore.

Moore impressed the judges with a poem titled "If You Lived on My Street" where she passionately discussed HIV, drugs and domestic violence.

Coordinator of the event, sophomore nursing major of Little Rock, Colea Blann said it's great to see so many talented contestants this year.

"I think it went well, everything went very smooth. All the girls did a wonderful job and they looked gorgeous on stage. I couldn't have asked for more," Blann said.

Even though this is BSA's last big event of the semester, Blann says there are more interesting events happening next semester.

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