Miss MSU, Miss Riverbend win second-round preliminary titles at Miss Mississippi 2022

Published 10:01 pm Thursday, June 23, 2022

The second round of the Miss Mississippi preliminary competitions came to a close Thursday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center with Miss Mississippi State University Emmie Perkins winning the Red Carpet phase of the competition and Miss Riverbend Kayla Braswell winning the talent phase.

Perkins said her win in the Red Carpet phase — wearing a dress from Mia Bella Prom and Pageant in Flowood — affirmed her belief that she is capable of doing hard things.

“I’m at a loss for words because this is an incredible feeling,” Perkins said following her win. “I didn’t always have confidence in that aspect of my life in terms of modeling on stage. I’m a representation that someone who’s 5 feet, one inch can be an example for girls out there.

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“It doesn’t matter what size you are, what shape you are, what height you are — beauty comes from the inside,” Perkins added. “I truly exuded that tonight, but it took a level of confidence that I’ve gained as I’ve gotten older.”

Braswell, who won the talent phase of the competition with a vocal performance, ran into some technical difficulties in her performance but ultimately described the win as “absolutely amazing.”

“I had dreamt about this for so long, and I can’t believe it’s actually happened tonight,” Braswell said. “It’s part of being a performer — sometimes your microphone works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m actually really thankful that happened to me, because I was always so nervous to perform and I always thought about the outside factors I couldn’t control.

“Having that experience taught me that the one thing I could control about my performance is how I perform and how I feel, so that second chance gave me an opportunity to use what I’d just learned,” she added.

Candidates winning in the Red Carpet phase of the preliminary competition take home a $400 scholarship and candidates winning in talent take home a $500 scholarship.

Preliminary night scoring for each phase of the competition is 35 percent for Private Interview, 15 percent for On-Stage Interview/Social Impact Initiative, 35 percent for Talent and 15 percent for Red Carpet.

The final round of the Miss Mississippi preliminary competitions will be held Friday at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd. beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. The final night of competition and crowning will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $50.

The Miss Mississippi competition is being live-streamed at a cost of $15 a night. Packets are available at missmisslive.com.

Other Miss Mississippi Competition week festivities include:

  • On Friday, a Kendra Scott Pop-Up Shop will be offered at the Vicksburg Convention Center and will feature a variety of jewelry that includes the collection created by Miss Mississippi Holly Brand and Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Cameron Davis. A portion of all sales goes to the Miss Mississippi Scholarship Fund.
  • A silent auction, which is sponsored by the Miss Mississippi Local Directors Association, will be held during the Miss Mississippi preliminary competitions. Items will be on display at the VCC. The auction closes after the Friday night preliminary competition.
  • The Miss Mississippi Competition will offer online voting until 11:59 p.m. Friday. The candidate that receives the most votes will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Votes can be cast through the QR code on the Miss Mississippi Scholarship Facebook page or through @Miss_Mississippi_Corp on the Venmo app.
  • The final night of the Miss Mississippi Competition will be carried on the following TV stations: WLBT – Jackson; WLOX – Biloxi; WDAM – Hattiesburg; WMC – Bounce in Memphis, Tenn.; WTVA – Tupelo and WMDN – Meridian.

For more information, call 601-638-6746.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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