It is an annual tradition that brings supporters of the Miss Mississippi Pageant to the Vicksburg Convention Center. The Trunk Show was held Sunday to give a preview of the wardrobe Marie Wicks, Miss Mississippi 2012 will take to Las Vegas, a month from now to compete at the Miss America Pageant.
Its like peaking into the closet of one of the best dressed young women in America. Marie Wicks, Miss Mississippi 2012 was crowned in June.
Like the 55 other young women who have worn the crown since 1934 and four Miss Americas from Mississippi, the Trunk Show is a huge part of tradition.
"Getting ready for Miss America is just a marathon, an endurance test", Wicks said.
Marie Wicks is an Ole Miss graduate who plans to become a doctor. She has spent the last five months making appearances around the state and preparing for the national competition.
"This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to go to Miss America and to be able to have this role to reach out and have a voice, to speak to people and to really touch the lives of others", said Wicks.
Miss Mississippi asked supporters to bring old pairs of glasses to be donated to the needy, and teddy bears that will be given to patients at the Blair Batson Children's Hospital at University Medical Center in Jackson.
"The eyeglasses are recycled and given to those in need of corrective lenses who don't have access to those", Wicks said.
Wicks says red is one of her favorite colors. It may be her power color for the judge's interview at Miss America which just happens to be the same day as Elvis Presley's birthday.
"They've just given me this great selection. I feel almost like a Cinderella story", said Wicks.
The swimsuit she will compete in at Miss America is under wraps for now. She modeled the suit that helped her claim victory at the state pageant. Wicks also shared the number, written by Beethoven she will perform in Las Vegas. The Miss America pageant is set for January 12, 2013.
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