chance at royalty
America' competition attracts
thousands of hopefuls each year
(February 2005) Every year, many hopeful women
work toward a common aspiration to earn the title of Mrs. America. Thats
Mrs. America, not Miss America.
Many women do not realize that this competition is an option for them.
Even those who have participated in pageants for many years often think
that once they are married, they must leave that part of their life
behind. Such is the case for current Mrs. Kentucky, Julie Dorsey.
Kentucky 2004, Julie Dorsey, shares her crowning moment with her
After participating in pageants in college, Dorsey, 37,
moved on to the next stages of her life in the same way that most women
do. She has been married for 14 years and has two children a
9-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son. She works for Atria Senior
Living Group in Louisville as the national director of financial training.
Fifteen years after her last competition, she was inspired to revisit
the pageant world and compete in the Mrs. Kentucky pageant.
I had the good fortune to sit next to Mrs. America, Kristie Phillips,
on a plane while I was traveling with work, said Dorsey. Phillips
shared her story, and Dorsey, thrilled to have it as an option, went
home to talk it over with her husband. Wondering where she would find
the time among all of her other activities, Dorsey decided, You
find time for the things you want to do.
The Mrs. Kentucky and Mrs. America competitions are tailored toward
families. Husbands and children are encouraged to get involved. Dorsey
says her husband and children, and even co-workers and extended family,
have all had fun with it. Her children especially enjoy the parades,
For those women who have participated in pageants as well as individuals
who have not, the Mrs. Kentucky competition may have something to offer.
It represents so many different things that no matter what a womans
interests, there is a correlation.
Many women lose their identity after becoming a wife and a mommy.
It is great to be those things, but the pageant offers an opportunity
for women to re-establish who (else) they are. said Deana Cox,
42, who was offered the position of Director of Field Operations for
the Mrs. Kentucky-America Organization after competing in the 2003 pageant.
Cox first became involved, with no prior experience in pageants, at
It was something new and exciting for her; an experience she says helps
women remember to dream and to put themselves first sometimes. In
the Mrs. Kentucky competition, you put yourself first, and your family
supports you, said Cox.
The Mrs. America organization places emphasis on encouraging women,
empowering them and celebrating their life accomplishments, said
Dorsey. It also celebrates being married something that
Dorsey and her husband are passionate about.
As Mrs. Kentucky, Dorsey makes appearances around the state and the
country. She promotes charity events, makes celebrity appearances, serves
as a mentor and encourages women to stay active and passionate about
the things in which they believe.
To participate in the Mrs. Kentucky competition a woman must be 18 years
old. She must be married for at least six months at the time of the
competition. There is no age limit for the competition. The oldest woman
to compete for Mrs. Kentucky so far was 47 years old. The 2005 Mrs.
Kentucky competition takes place on May 13-14. Applications will be
accepted through April. First-timers need not worry; they can attend
a workshop on March 20, where coaches and Dorsey will be on hand to
teach all of the basics needed for the pageant.
We are looking for real women with real life experiences,
said Dorsey. Pageant skills are secondary.
For more information about the Mrs. Kentucky-America
Competition, call Deana Cox at (502) 266-8724.
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