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Shannon Duncan
Miss Plus America Elite 2018

Question


Congratulations on representing Miss Plus America Elite 2018. How long have you been participating in pageants


Answer


Started pageantry 2002 however, I've only competed in a total of five pageants.


Question


Do you feel as though you are changing the narrative for plus size women, if so how?


Answer


Yes, I am a body positive advocate. I’m changing the narrative, being plus size is not about being unhealthy. It’s about living your best life. Not letting the stigma keep you from achieving excellence.


Question 


What is the most important message that your platform espouses? In other words what is your message?


Answer


I have worked for the past 6-years at Wellspring an organization that advocates for women who have been sex trafficked. We help woman from teens to their 50’s. We try to prevent woman from being lured into sex traffic. We try to get them before they get opposed to that life.  We work to at helping young woman understand who they are and build their self-esteem.

 

That is my forever platform to work with organizations that fight against sex trafficking. We about abductions but about 50% of those who are trafficked are young girls who are subtly induced by pimps and boyfriends. They look at it as helping their boyfriends and proving their love to them. They are being manipulated into thinking that it is normal to sell yourself to please the one you love. The luring starts as young as 8-year-old and some cases earlier.

Question


Will you continue to participate in pageants? Why or Why not?


Answer


I will in some shape of form always be involved in pageantry. I just started the Miss Sparkle Pageant for girls ages 0-18. I founded the Miss Sparkle Pageant. It’s also a 6-month mentoring program.


Question


We are doing mantras all this year. Do you have one you live by?


Answer


Live to the end of your potential. Meaning don’t leave anything on the table. Get out of comfort zone. That’s where you find the most joy! That’s where you learn who you are. You also who God is in your life.


 Question


What’s coming up with for you in 2019?
I am the co-host of a talk show I created call The Curve. The show highlights curvy woman. I’m a firm believer if you don’t see what you want in the media you need to create it. We’re on the Regina Sunshine Global Network. We are a voice for plus sized woman.

 


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