Miss Full-Figured Louisiana Director Tiera Williams hosted the first annual Louisiana pageant of the same name June 3 at the St. Gabriel Community Center.
Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome declared the same day Tiera Williams Day in honor of her efforts to bring the national pageant to Louisiana's doorstep.
"We've been preparing a long time," Williams said. "[The winners] have a year to get it together. They get to represent Louisiana, do the parades, speaking engagements, form a platform. Fun stuff!"
It was a packed house Saturday night. The bass was bumping. Food and beverages were served. Plus-sized women from as far south as New Orleans and as far north as Quitman, La. competed in several categories to be crowned miss Full-Figured Louisiana.
Williams, a medical secretary at the Ascension Parish Jail and a graduate of East Ascension High School had plenty support. Joining her as emcee was Purusha Jones, the North Carolina "Director of Directors" and Theresa Randolph, the founder and President of the pageant.
Tiffany Williams of Baton Rouge took home the title of Miss Full-Figured Louisiana. She was awarded $500 and a chance to become the next Miss Full-Figured U.S.A. at the national competition in April 2018.
The Plus category winner was Shalandra Dee Irvin of Gonzales, and the Exquisite (40 and over) category winner was Kendra Williams of Geismar. Both ladies also took home $500 and were given a chance to compete in April.
Edrekia Howard was 1st runner-up, and Laquisha Ratcliff was 2nd runner-up in the Miss Louisiana category. In the plus category, 1st runner-up was Brittany Rollins of Baton Rouge, and the 2nd runner-up was Azerine Bush.
The 1st runner-up in the Exquisite category was Shannah Green, and the 2nd runner-up was Chyvetta Broden of Prairieville.
The judges all reportedly had a fun and exciting time. Judge Joan Louis, longtime owner of Mo Hair Salon in Baton Rouge and a native of St. Lucia in the Caribbean said Tiera Williams personally invited her to judge.
"It's going excellent," Louis said.
Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux made a cameo appearance. Local political figure Roy Quezaire from Donaldsonville was also in attendance.
The panel of judges included Jonathan Rushing, a former Mr. Gay Louisiana winner. The panel also featured Baton Rouge based recording artist and former East Ascension Spartan Teslanay. Moreover, the panel featured Glynn Jackson of shows such as Hair Idol and the upcoming Golden Scissors Awards on July 16. Model Marlon "Titan Black" Palmer, Baton Rouge On-Air Personality LaTangela Fay Sherman and Actress Chenese Lewis also held judges seats.