Miss Omega pagaent to return to WKU

Quiche Matchen

This Saturday, Omega Psi Phi fraternity will host a pageant meant to show that all shapes and sizes are beautiful.

In its seventh year, the Miss Omega pageant aims to help plus-sized women gain self-esteem and confidence. The pageant will take place at Downing Student Union Auditorium on April 11 at 7 p.m.

Paducah senior Breia Stubblefield said women were tired of seeing the same skinny girls in pageants, and so the Omegas founded the pageant for plus-sized girls. The only requirement for participants is they must be a size 12 and up.

Miss Omega 2014 will walk away from the competition with a book scholarship and as next year’s pageant coordinator. The amount of the book scholarship depends on the amount of money raised during the event.

The contestant who raises the most money will win the Have Hope Award in honor of Cheryl Williamson, a pageant participant who died two years ago.

There will be five categories in the pageant: business, club, lingerie, talent and formal.

Stubblefield said she competed in the pageant in 2009 and now helps to make sure things run smoothly.

“These are a different group of girls,” she said. “They all have different reason for why they’re doing the pageant.”

She encourages the audience to sit back and watch the 10 contestants shine. Contestants have been practicing for about eight weeks.

Stubblefield said the contestants aren’t the same contestants they were when they first started— they’ve evolved.

Last year’s Miss Omega, Bowling Green senior Toyonna Sweatt understands what the contestants feel because she was in their shoes last year.

Sweatt said the pageant was definitely an experience that she needed to have.

“It was like a breakout,” she said. “Coming out of my shell and I gained confidence and joy.”

To Sweatt, the pageant helps plus-sized women know their beautiful no matter what.

“You may not be everyone’s definition of beauty, but as long as you are your own [definition of beauty] that’s all that matters,” she said.