“I did not go to win,” said Wilbanks, a Cartersville resident whose 7-year-old daughter accompanied her, participating in the Rising Star category. “I went to have fun. When I do pageants I have fun. So not knowing that the judges had me in their spotlight the whole entire night and then [the] interview and everything else, I pulled it through and brought the title back to Georgia with me.”
With the pageant featuring seven age divisions, individuals age 5 to 35 can participate. During the offering, competitors are judged in the areas of interview, evening wear and talent showcase. For her talent, Wilbanks sang “Never Been This Homesick Before.”
According to www.missamazingpageant.com, “Miss Amazing Inc. can only grow and evolve as long as the participants continue to shoot for their personal success. It [is] this inspiring determination that brings communities together and encourages everyone involved to make the most of their lives. We at Miss Amazing Inc. listen to the participants’ goals and dreams and use them to guide the organization.
“... We believe that all people should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Through the structure of the Miss Amazing pageant and other Miss Amazing programs, we hope to give girls and women with disabilities that opportunity. In an atmosphere built around encouragement and support, we believe the Miss Amazing pageant can bring the community together and encourage further inclusion for individuals with special needs.”
For Wilbanks, the pageant is a wonderful opportunity for those living with disabilities.
“The pageant is for young girls and ladies that have a disability, any type of disability, like having ADHD [or] Down syndrome. There’s a lot of disabilities that these girls can have,” Wilbanks said. “The reason I fall into the category for it is as a child I had ADHD. Growing up, it actually followed me. Knowing what I know now, I look back and realize that having ADHD, don’t let that get in the way [of fulfilling] your dream.
“[Now] I have three kids and I’m married. I have actually overcome and put the ADHD behind me. I love [this pageant]. I [could not be any] happier to participate in a pageant that actually is for children and young ladies and older women [who] have a disability just [to be] able to get out there and show their true colors.”
With Wilbanks, 29, delighting in the opportunity to bond with her daughter, she and Katelynn Rose will participate in the McKenzie’s Cuties Pageant in Dallas April 6. While Wilbanks will help crown the winners of the Georgia Miss Amazing Pageant in May, her daughter will be participating in its Rising Star division.
Along with a trophy, crown and sash, winning the Senior Miss title will enable Wilbanks to compete in the national competition in Nebraska in August. To help with expenses, she is seeking financial sponsors. For more information, visit Wilbanks’ Facebook page or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-478-6260.