The women’s next pageant is Denim and Diamonds, which will be Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at East Paulding High School. It will benefit Calvary Children’s Home and To Write Love on Her Arms, a suicide prevention charity.
Buchanan and Jones formed “National Supreme Miss,” a scholarship and recognition program after meeting at the Miss Paulding County Pageant three years ago. Buchanan was the director of the pageant and Jones’ daughter was a contestant.
“I knew she [Jones] had the performing arts background to help fulfill the vision I had for where I wanted to take pageants,” Buchanan said.
The women said they shared a vision of creating a pageant program that took the beauty portion out of pageants and focused on academics, performing arts and community service.
After having little turnout for the first pageant that did not include a beauty portion, the women realized people still wanted pageantry and added pageantry back into their program.
Girls in the pageant program must do community service, and can also take classes to help them with public speaking and dance classes through the program.
“These girls may not be able to afford dance classes,” Jones said. “They can take them here. I had a dance teacher who did that for me, and now I have to give back.”
Jones recently formed a Dance Honors Society for high schoolers. To be in the honors society, students must have good grades, as well as do community service.
“We’ve found the girls really love giving back,” Jones said.
While the upcoming Denim and Diamonds pageant will only have formal wear and casual wear portions, girls who raise money for the chosen charities also have the opportunity to win a “Spirit of Giving” Award.
Registration for contestants is $85 the day of the pageant or $75 if postmarked before Sept. 28.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students. Ages 5 and under are free.
For more information, visit www.georgiabeautifulmiss.com.