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Sat, April 8, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
DEFINING OUR DIFFERENCES, DEFYING OUR DISORDERS, AND DELIVERING DREAMS
Local teenager, Mhorgan Stephens, creates a unique talent showcase amid community support
The Miss Phenomenal Pageant is ready to give a unique group of girls an opportunity to showcase their talents without regard to their race, disability, disorder or size. On Saturday, April 8th at Blackman High School, everyone including the audience will have an opportunity to celebrate difference and be involved in a program that supports the disorder/special needs community for a third year.
Seventeen-year old visionary, Mhorgan Stephens, has a clear message. Stephens believes girls need to empower one another. She says, “We are all strong and there is no need to focus on our flaws. A pageant like this is needed because as a community we don’t give kids with disabilities enough credit and they deserve to be recognized.”
Stephens’ primary reason for creating the pageant that empowers young ladies is tied to her own challenge with Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura or ITP, a chronic blood disorder. ITP has been a part of her own identity since she was 10 years old. Mhorgan understands what it’s like to deal with stigmas, stereotypes, and shaming.
“I’ve been laughed at, exposed to rumors, and made to feel less than. But I’ve also been encouraged to overcome it all thanks to family and faith.”
There was such an outpouring of community support and feedback she was inspired to bring the pageant back this year. Stephens also has another impetus for the pageant. She simply wants the contestants, who represent the best of Tennessee’s diversity, to feel special much like the women they see on television, in magazines, and online.
“I want them to be treated like their stars and beauty queens so that they’ll be inspired to offer the same treatment to other girls and young ladies.”