Mississippi Plus America
Plus-Sized Pageant & Empowerment Platform
A preliminary to the National Miss Plus America Pageant
Ms. Hattiesburg 2021-2022
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Hello all. My name is Ashlie Smith and I am from Hattiesburg, Ms. I am the daughter of Perry and Flora Smith. I have one younger sibling, Ja-Lan Smith. I currently work at Southern Bone and Joint Orthopedics. I love working in the medical field and helping others. I love to travel, sing, anything involving fashion and makeup and spending time with my family. In my younger days I could remember watching the Miss America Pageants with my mom and dreamed of one day being able to compete. Here we are today and I am elated to have been chosen to be a delegate for this exciting event. I look forward to an amazing journey to be competing with this fabulous group of ladies for the Mississippi Plus America Pageant.
WHY I CHOSE MY PLATFORM
I chose Hidradenitis Suppurativa because it is not a common disease and want to bring awareness to other. I was diagnosed with this chronic condition in 2018. Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as acne inversa or “HS”, is a chronic skin condition involving the inflammation of the apocrine sweat glands, forming pimple-like bumps known as abscesses. These tend to recur in specific regions of the body, can be very painful, and often leave behind deep scar tissue when they heal which can cause insecurity issues. The cause of hidradenitis suppurativa is not known, although there are several factors that are thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of the condition. These include genetics, hormonal imbalances, obesity, smoking and many others. There is no cure for this disease but with this fight I firmly believe one day there will be a cure.
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