The Miss Georgia Pageant will award $80,000 in scholarships this year.
Once crowned, Miss Georgia will prepare to compete for Miss America, the largest scholarship organization for women.
The scholarship pageant is often mischaracterized as a beauty pageant. Though, when you look at these women and who they truly are, the pageant is a thing of beauty.
The preparation to be Miss Georgia can be applied to all aspects of life.
Miss Historic Buford, Alexa Gilomen says “it teaches a lot of discipline.”
Miss Capital City, Paula Smith says “you have to go with the flow and with the changes. The most important thing I’ve carried with me into this pageant is to be calm under pressure and have grace under fire.”
The hot topic of the pageant this year is the elimination of the swimsuit portion. A change that hopes to promote inclusion within the competition.
“I’m excited for the change,” Gilomen says. “Because it will allow so many more women who may have not felt comfortable with the swimsuit part of the competition to enter and to gain the scholarship money, and to be a voice for others.”
Miss Georgia will be the Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Gilomen is already spending time at children’s hospitals in Georgia to provide encouragement. She says Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta saved her life.
Gilomen adds the importance of Miss Georgia and Miss America being “a role model for children and an advocate and a voice for them.”
The 53 contestants will tour the children’s hospital at Columbus Piedmont Regional and visit with the young patients this Wednesday.