Tags: Community & Outreach
Mrs. Georgia 2014 Kierra Anderson Douglas, left, accepts her crown from Trudie Davies-Davis, the 2013 Mrs. Georgia. Both are Roswell residents. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2014ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell could briefly claim two Mrs. Georgia last week when reigning Mrs. Georgia Trudie Davies-Davis surrendered her Mrs. Georgia 2013 crown to newly crowned Mrs. Georgia 2014 Kierra Anderson Douglas.
Douglas, a former Falcons cheerleader and Hawks cheerleader, is married to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas. She now has her own performing arts studio in Douglasville, Just Dance, which not only teaches young people poise and self-confidence through performing, but exemplifies the platform she used to become Mrs. Georgia.
The Mrs. International Pageant system was developed to promote today's married women, their accomplishments and commitment to family and marriage.
Mrs. International wants women who not only exemplify and personify today's wife and mother, but who have a passion and a commitment for making a difference in their community and beyond.
Each contestant must have a cause, charity or foundation that she chooses as her platform. From that, she details how she is working to achieve her goals for the community.
Douglas' platform is called STAR:
Her school develops these qualities in her students.
She said she has experienced firsthand what a difference it made in her life when at the age of 8 her parents first enrolled her in dance class.
"They wanted me to open up. I was a shy, timid little girl who was bullied at school," Douglas said. "Their decision to do that changed my life forever."
She says was transformed into a confident, outgoing, bubbly young woman who was not afraid to go after the things she wanted in life.
She has worked with more than 3,000 young people in the past six years through area schools and community centers teaching dance to local youth. She is also involved with the Atlanta Falcons and annually volunteers to teach dance to youngsters.
Handing Douglas her crown ended an exciting year for Davies-Davis. Like Douglas – and all reigning Mrs. Georgia – she had a platform to share. It was one drawn from personal experience – Davies-Davis is a stage 3 breast cancer survivor.
"My platform chose me," she said. "Like everyone I suppose, it came when I least expected it. I learned what it meant to be frightened.
"It is also when I realized that cancer is an all-out assault on your body. You lose your fingernails, your hair and your eyebrows [to radiation treatment]. But I learned how much hope and inspiration you can give to other people."
It turned out to be a transformational experience for Davies-Davis.
"I learned how much hope and inspiration a person can give to other people," Davies-Davis said. "I heard from women from all over. They gave me diet tips, exercises and a lot of ways of coping that were not all physical.
"A lot of getting through cancer is emotional. You have to dig really deep to find a way this is not going to get to me."
And this is what Davies-Davis shared during her year.
The Mrs. International 2014 competition will be July 25 and 26 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mrs. International was developed 27 years ago to have higher standards than other pageant systems. The focus behind Mrs. International is to showcase women 21 to 56 years old, married at least six months and a resident of the state or a citizen of the country she represents. Scoring for contestants is broken down:
Interview competition, valued for 50 percent.
Evening gown is 25 percent.
Fitness wear is 25 percent.
Each contestant has the opportunity to select a platform of her choice that she spends the year promoting. Husbands are a direct part of the show, escorting their wives in the evening gown competition, and the husband crowns his wife titleholder.
Executive Editor, Appen Media.