Essence Pageant was founded in July 2007. The Essence Pageant® system signifies the “Essence” of Today’s Modern Woman, striving to be the most stylish, urban, trend setting pageant around.

Most pageants will not accept delegates if they have had a child, have been divorced, or are over the age of 27 (for Miss divisions). In the spirit of “Celebrating the Essence of Today’s Modern Woman,” we realize life may have taken you down some of these paths and others that do not allow one to participate in other pageants with some of these arguably outdated requirements. We believe that women who are in their 30′s, that are mothers, or who have been married in the past have valuable insight to offer to the modern day women that they would be speaking to and interacting with during their reign. Women with or without these experiences are equally qualified to be role models to today’s women, offering valuable insight and advice from personal experience or otherwise. We want to be open to ALL women, allowing ALL women the opportunity to compete for the experience of a lifetime!!

Our goal is INCLUSION for women from all walks of life. We are open to women of all ethnic backgrounds, races, sizes, and encourage women to show off their natural curves and healthy body images. One does NOT have to be a size 0 to score well in our swimsuit competition! (Although if you are and that is appropriate for your body type, that’s ok too!) We want to promote a healthy body image for each delegate’s respective frame, height, build and overall makeup. There is no ideal image; all women possess their own unique beauty, and that uniqueness is what the Essence Pageant System wants to highlight and showcase to the public.

Essence Pageant Women's Advancement Connection Corporation is a non profit company for the benefit of advancing women by personal and professional development. 

Board of Directors

Sue Sollers, Executive Director  (Commercial Banker, Howard County, Maryland)

Kevin Wade, Director of Contestant Affairs (Dean, Higher Education Administration, Oakland, California )

Cindie Watts, Assistant Director & Director of Integrity, Judging (Educator, Omaha, Nebraska)

Dr. Jana Murrell, Director of Operations, Quality Control & Emcee (Physical Therapist, South Dakota)

Wayne Watts, Assistant Director of Judging (IT Professional, Omaha, Nebraska)

Ty Juan Garrett, Esq., Legal Counsel (Lawyer, Indianapolis, Indiana)

Eric K. Banks., Legal Counsel (Lawyer, St. Louis, Missouri)

Brandi L. Nash, Mrs. Essence International 2011-2012, Queen Advisor (Make up Artist, Cheyenne, Wyoming)

Amber Dowdell, Volunteer (Federal Government, Washington, D.C.)