Miss Beautifully Curved is Crowned at Cheyney University

February 28, 2014

Freshman Egypt Bailey is the first Miss Beautifully Curved at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. The reigning Miss Cheyney, India Cross, came up with the idea, organized and hosted the pageant on February 26 in the Marcus Foster Student Center. The event was part of her platform which is to unite the women on campus by helping them all find the beauty that is within them.

"Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes,” Miss Cheyney insists. “Women who are full-figured can be beautiful, too."

More than 100 people came to watch the four contestants vie for the crown as they competed in the talent, business attire and formal gown competitions. In addition, the young ladies were judged on how well they did during the introduction and question portions of the show.

Bailey, who performed a modern dance to Maxwell's "This Woman's Worth," told the crowd that she enjoys dancing and is very passionate about science. The biology major wore a power red business suit for the question segment, then strutted out in a gorgeous black and grey formal gown that was a real crowd pleaser.

Freshman Kiana Jackson told the audience that she wants to write books for kids living in South America who are less fortunate. Passionate about dancing, she performed a hip hop dance to "Back to Black" by Beyonce and wore a stunning red gown during the formal segment.

Sophomore Patrice Rohlc, a communication arts major who wants to open up a makeup line for African Americans, did an interpretation dance to a Beyonce song and received high praise for wearing a spectacular white gown for formal attire.

Freshman Teneya Bryant, a liberal arts major, told the judges that she lives by the scriptures in the Bible. She performed a gospel dance to Jekalyn Carr's "Greater is Coming" and stepped out in a blue and silver shimmering gown for the formal wear portion of the show.

While the judges, Theater Professor Dessia Seck, College Success Advisor Karen Dyke and Jasmine Mudda, a 2013 CU graduate who modeled with Mature Addiction when she was a student, tallied their scores, Alpha Phi Alphas William Walker and Rashaad Washington, Mr. Cheyney, entertained those in attendance with a 10-minute step show.

When the votes were counted, Bailey was crowned Miss Beautifully Curved, Jackson was runner-up, followed by Bryant and Rohlec.

"They showed poise, dedication and they all brought stiff competition," said the 21-year-old Cross. “It’s not your size that matters—it’s what's inside that really counts. By doing the pageant, I feel that I've empowered women of all shapes and sizes to be proud and confident."  Cross, a dual theater/communication arts major from Waldorf, MD said she used her theater expertise to direct the pageant, meeting with the contestants for a month to practice. Cross aspires to be an actress and to use her fame to uplift and support black communities.