Annual Pageant Puts Priority on Black Women’s Health Over 50 and Fights the Stigma of Pageantry
DETROIT – Dec. 9, 2018 One would think after retiring from four decades of a successful career in nonprofit management, Dr. Geneva J. Williams, 69, of Detroit, would just have her days filled the typical retirement activities like lunching with friends, traveling and playing with grandchildren.
But not Williams.
She is living a vibrant life: publishing books, recording podcasts, creating online courses, mentoring corporate Generation X women in her Facebook group, facilitating events for American Heart Association.
And now, winning a “Beauty Pageant.”
“The purpose of the Ms. Black Fit and Fine Pageant is to highlight African American senior women who are dispelling the myths of aging. We highlight women who are healthy, fit and fine. Our goal is to encourage other women to take better care of themselves as they age. We will encourage, inspire, and provide resources that will educate women on how to improve their overall quality of life,” said Veronica Hood, founder and director of the pageant. Hood also owns a ladies clothing shop in Southfield, Roloni’s Boutique.
The second annual pageant was held at Marygrove College Auditorium in Detroit. Eight contestants competed on stage in front of five judges, which included the first African American to be crowned Miss USA, Carol Gist. Segments included an interview, fitness, talent and evening wear. Dr. Williams scored the most points – 418.5 out of 500 – thus making her the winner.
“I was shocked when they called my name – one because I was the oldest and two I was also not as petite as the others. I’m a curvy woman; I’ve never been thin like a fashion model but I work out and love fashion. Yet I never entered a pageant because of the stigma associated with most beauty pageants – and I am not the conventional beauty-pageant-
A portion of the proceeds of the Ms. Black Fit and Fine goes to support Alternatives for Girls, The Helping Hands Sarcoidosis Foundation and The Travelers Aid Society of Metropolitan Detroit which is an organization that aids the homeless.
“I am a firm supporter of anything that helps you look good, feel good so you can out do good with style,” said Williams. Before owning her company, Dr. Geneva Speaks, LLC, Williams led the United Way in metropolitan Detroit, founded City Connect Detroit—an innovative national model of public-private cooperation—
Today, Williams hosts a weekly podcast, Ignite2Impact, on iTunes and iHeart Radio— featuring insightful conversations with innovative leaders in business, nonprofits, government and the arts. She’s a native of Neptune Township, N.J., and an alumna of Morgan State University who also earned a doctorate in education from Wayne State University. Recently, she was honored as a Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She blogs about leadership and vibrant living on her website, drgenevaspeaks.com. Her podcasts are also on the site.
“Health, especially holistic health, is fashionable today. I’m so happy to represent Ms. Black Fit and Fine to show others that as you age you don’t have to look old or feel old – you can have a vibrant life,” said Williams.
About Ms. Black Fit and Fine
The Ms. Black Fit & Fine pageant was designed to promote the long-term health benefits of following a healthy lifestyle. It provides a platform that showcases African American women ages 50 and over who have embraced this concept and are able to serve as role models for other women. Website: www.Msblackfitandfinepageant.com
This press release was originally posted at www.prlog.com
Book Dr. Geneva for your next speaking event here.