SONJA McCORD, founder of Miss Black United States

SONJA McCORD, founder of Miss Black United States

BlackNews.com—In a world that seemingly revolves around hairspray, butt glue and rhinestones, Miss Black United States (MBUS) Founder Sonja McCord transcends the archetypal pageant into a quintessential finishing school and enrichment program. MBUS is not your average pageant. Contestants will not spend a mere three to four months searching for the perfect evening gown, starving themselves for the perfect body, and cramming in some practice personality questions. To the contrary, these power women, ages 20-38, will actively participate in an on-going program that promises to leave contestants with the resources and network to conquer the world.

One might be inclined to resist the idea of an age range so vast—an 18 year span of women vying for the national title. However, the program intends to bridge the generational gap. Serving to unite young and budding rosebuds with the confidently polished, fully bloomed. The assumption might be that youthful women in their 20s may have an advantage over older women in their 30s. Do not be fooled. Wiser, confident and established women in their 30s can definitely give young women a run for their money. It has been said that 30 is the new 20. These women are fit, motivated and as confident as the innocently hopeful, ambitious twenty-somethings.

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