Henry County native competes nationally

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By Brad Bowman

Laura Broughton won the Miss Kentucky Plus America in March and now hopes to win the national Miss Plus America pageant.

Broughton will compete in required categories: Elegant pant wear, evening gown and in the talent and fashion runway modeling categories.

Broughton competed in the online voting Covergirl competition hosted by the National Miss Plus America Pageant company, Coronet Productions. The production company said it believes in healthy competition promoting individuality, confidence and achievement among its contestants. The organization is, “ …devoted to promoting the sophisticated, ambitious, responsible and community service oriented full-figured woman of the new millennium.”

Broughton got involved after talking with Anna and Samantha Thompson of Eminence who had competed in the pageant.

“The Plus America pageant has expanded upon self-confidence that I already had,” Broughton said. “It’s been a joy to have mothers come up to me and tell me that they are happy to see someone who looks more like them wearing a crown and sash to represent a broader definition of beauty to their children.”

The competition is open to four age divisions: 13-17-year olds for Teen, 18-29-year olds for unmarried Miss, 30-years and up for Miss, 20-years and up married for Mrs. A winner is crowned from all four divisions at state and at nationals and the overall point winner is awarded the Elite crown.

Broughton partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for research through the power of music with her benefit concert in October. Broughton plans to do another benefit Aug. 31 at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

“The benefit concert, ‘Forget-Me-Not: An Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert’ is the centerpiece of my platform, which promotes Alzheimer’s research. Even though it was 40 degrees and raining and only a handful of people showed up last October, we were still able to raise $1,000,” Broughton said. “I was honored and proud. I hope to at least double that total this year.”

Broughton said the main reason she does the pageant is her platform.

“The main reason I’m involved and why most of these women are involved,” Broughton said, “(is) we want to use our crowns to promote our platforms first and foremost. Sure, a title would be nice, but using that crown to be able to draw more attention to Alzheimer’s disease is the main reason.”

Broughton will have a cookout and bake sale outside of Cook’s in Eminence from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to raise money for her pageant expenses.

“My fundraiser on Thursday is strictly to raise money for my trip to the national pageant,” Broughton said. “There are no sponsors given to us for our trip. All wardrobe, hotel, living expenses and transportation fees must be paid for out of our own pockets. I estimate the total cost of this for me to be $2,500 when all is said and done. I’ve raised about $700 so far, but the rest must come from my own money, which as a pharmacy student is minimal.”

Broughton will compete July 17 in the Talent and Runway Modeling in Monroe, La. The rest of the competition will take place the following days with a winner announced July 20.

Broughton seeks bands and musicians for her benefit concert Aug. 31. For more information about the benefit visit: www.forgetmenotconcert.com.

For more information about the state pageant visit: www.misskentuckyplusamerica.com/.