Tupelo's McMillin wins crown in Mrs. Mississippi competition

TUPELO – On Saturday, Keri McMillin conquered Mississippi. In September, she’ll try to conquer the United States.
The Tupelo resident was crowned Mrs. Mississippi at the Southaven Performing Arts Center during the 2010 Mrs. Mississippi America Pageant.
McMillin decided to participate in the pageant after her 1-year-old son, Dawson, was born.
“It was a good way to get down to my goal weight,” McMillin, 32, said. “Everybody wants a good way to get the weight off when they have a baby.”
She and her husband, Brent, have two sons, Dawson and 4-year-old Mason. Their daughter, MollyKate, who was stillborn, was another incentive to take part in the pageant.
“I’m a big supporter of March of Dimes,” she said. “I decided this would be a good way to keep telling her story to people.”
McMillin is no stranger to pageants. She participated in the Miss Mississippi Pageant three times, and placed in the Top 10 in her final appearance. She’s also been a pageant director and helped other girls prepare for competitions.
Once she married, she qualified for the Mrs. Mississippi America Pageant, which includes swimsuit and evening wear competitions, as well as one-on-one interviews with the judges.
The Mrs. America Pageant will be Aug. 31 to Sept. 7 in Tucson, Ariz.
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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