Over 20 contestants who participated in the maiden edition of Miss Blossom beauty pageant held in Port Harcourt last year have been empowered in various fields, while another set of 20 beautiful maidens are to benefit in this year’s event slated for November 17th in the ‘Garden City.’
President of Messy Ms Mysteries Nigeria Limited, organizers of the pageant, Rev. Tammy Abusi, who disclosed this in an interview with The Tide said some of the contestants have been trained as models, singers, actresses, dancers and comedians amongst others, through which they now earn a decent living.
The Rivers State born graduate disclosed that the purpose of the pageant is not only to showcase beauty nor an exploitative pageant to display nakedness, but also to encourage in various costuming, diversities in the performing arts, artistry, career development and mental acquisition in different areas of endeavour.
She stated that her organization was trying to redefine beauty contest in Nigeria by re-orientating and directing the passion of the girls to suit Christendom where beauty pageant actually started with queen Esther.
She stressed that if the girls are taken away from the streets and properly tutored or re-orientated, they will become great assets to the society.
“This is why the organisation helps them to discover themselves and becoming what God has destined for them,” she said.
Rev. Abusi, who was the producer of the highly acclaimed checkmate ‘soap opera’ of the 90s which won her the TV producer of the year 19991 at the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA), maintained that the pageant is not a winner takes all affair as each contestant will have something to go home with. The prizes include house hold items, home making tips, monthly allowances, exciting cash prizes, TV host for one year, free career development model portfolio for top contestants among others.