The Miss Plus America Pageant System
Eric Butterworth once said, “The desire to do something is proof of our potential to do it.” This quote is the foundation on which the Miss Plus America™ Pageant was laid.
For decades, little girls have dreamt of wearing a crown. But for many, this dream had no potential of being realized because the size of the one that reached for it was larger than the rules allowed. But now, all of that has changed.
We are a Christian organization, committed to the plus size woman. We believe that all women are beautiful, inside and out and deserve a chance to promote those causes closest to her heart with a title worthy of her representation. The Miss Plus America™ Pageant System, founded in 2002, is an organization devoted to celebrating the essence of the full-figured woman and giving her an avenue in which to pursue recognition for those causes.
The Miss Plus America Pageant was founded in Monroe, Louisiana in 2002 by Melissa Stamper. Having a poor experience in a competition which had a combined age and size group, winning the title left her feeling ostracized. It was then she created the Miss Plus America pageant. This pageant system was designed to be exclusive to plus-sized women and have an environment and atmosphere of inclusion. With a humble beginning of 16 delegates, but with a dedication to bring about change, the Miss Plus America Pageant made it's mark on history as we watched the world was changed and became more aware and accepting of the role the plus-size woman plays in society. Today, you can find plus-size pageants in various countries all over the world. We were the tip of sword in the "Curvy Revolution".
In 2014, the brand passed to Marcella Meyer, who continued building the brand until most recently, when it was acquired by its current Owner and Executive Director, Meahgan Dickerson, Esquire. To have a clear understanding of a company or organization, it's important to become a part of it. Long before Meahgan acquired the Miss Plus America Pageant, she was a state delegate, then a national title-title holder. In 2017, Meahgan was crowned Mrs. Plus America. With a platform entitled "Human and Civil Rights: It's for Everyone", the judges' choice of who should win the Mrs. Plus America title was a very clear one.
Human rights are basic rights that belong to all of us simply because we are human. They embody key values in our society such as fairness, dignity, equality and respect. They are an important means of protection for us all, especially those who may face abuse, neglect and isolation. Plus-size women today face many traditional views regarding appearance. Being able to walk the street without being shamed or bullied for our appearance is a basic human right Meahgan will defend with fervent passion. "We all are human beings, despite our backgrounds; and it's important that we are able to know our rights so we can defend them. I'd like for people to know exactly where they stand within the law and be able to take responsibility and ownership of that."
Meahgan L. Dickerson, Esq. has been licensed to practice law since 2008. She graduated and received her Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2007. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 where she received her Bachelor Degree of Science.