|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Jenna Edwards, January 12, 2005.
July 29, 1981
Clinton, Mississippi United States
|Title(s)||Miss Florida 2004
Miss Florida USA 2007
|Miss America 2005
Miss USA 2007
Jenna Edwards (born July 29, 1981) is an American beauty queen from Brandon, Mississippi who has held the titles Miss Florida and Miss Florida USA. Edwards represented Florida at the Miss America 2005 pageant and the Miss USA 2007 pageant.
Edwards grew up in Clinton, Mississippi and graduated from Central Hinds Academy in 1999. After spending one year and a study abroad semester at Mississippi College, she transferred to the University of Miami, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies and English Literature.
In 1998 and 1999 she competed in the Miss Mississippi Teen USA pageant, and placed first runner-up both years. She won her first major title, Miss Teen All-American, in 1999. Edwards was an official hostess/entertainer for that pageant in 2000 and 2001. In 2000 she won the Miss Oktoberfest pageant, beating future Miss USA titleholder Shandi Finnessey.
In September 2002 Edwards won the Miss University of Miami preliminary title, and competed for the Miss Florida title in mid-2003. Edwards placed in the top 15 and won Newcomer of the Year. The pageant was won by Ericka Dunlap. Dunlap would later go on to win the Miss America title. In February the following year she won Miss Winter Park, another preliminary title, and competed at the state pageant held in June. In that pageant she won both swimsuit and evening gown preliminaries, and was crowned Miss Florida 2004. Her first runner-up was Shannon Schambeau who would later become Miss District of Columbia 2005.
Edwards represented Florida in the Miss America 2005 pageant broadcast live from Atlantic City, New Jersey in September 2007. She did not place in the nationally televised pageant, but did win a preliminary swimsuit award.
In April 2006, Edwards returned to the pageant stage, winning the Miss North Miami USA title, a preliminary for Miss Florida USA. Edwards competed for the Miss Florida USA 2007 title on 15 July 2006, winning the title and becoming the third Miss Florida to win the Miss Florida USA crown. She represented Florida at the Miss USA pageant held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2007, but did not place.
Edwards passed on the Miss Florida USA title to Jessica Rafalowski on 14 July 2007.
Queen for a Day
Edwards is well known for starting the charity "Queen for a Day", for which she won the Miss America Overall Community Service award. Queen for a Day is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 that is dedicated to helping young cancer sufferers, allowing them to dress up and crowning them "Queen for a Day". The organisation aims to encourage local communities to host party days for girls with cancer. It has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in People Magazine (March 2002) and won the Ford Motor Company's "Commitment to Kids" Award in 2001.
- "Crowning Glory ; Beauty queen Jenna Edwards shares a wealth of confidence--and glittering tiaras--with ailing girls". People Magazine. 2002-03-18.
- Thompson, Jamie (2004-06-27). "22 years of practice pays off". St Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-02-02.
- "University of Miami student is Miss Florida 2004". Associated Press Newswires. 2004-06-27.
- "Florida, Massachusetts win in first night of preliminaries". Associated Press. 2004-07-13.
- "Jenna Edwards of North Miami is next Miss Florida USA". Associated Press. 2006-07-15.
- Butler Baldwin, Gloria (2004-02-07). "Queen for a Day:Church group gives cancer patients tiaras". Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved 2007-02-22.[dead link]
- "Interview: Surprise your angel; panelists receive surprises from people who consider them their angels". The Oprah Winfrey Show. 2002-04-01.
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