In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
I was not raised to be a pageant girl. Mama didn’t make me wear a flipper as a child or force me into frilly dresses. I had girly hobbies like dance classes, but I also loved spending time in the garage with my dad. I don’t think anyone thought I’d grow up to be a pageant queen, but this is where my life has led me.
On January 21, I won the title of Miss Greater Easley. I’m not sure if that moment will ever seem any less surreal than it does right now. My imaginary princess crown was suddenly a real weight on my head, and with that weight, I felt not only excitement but responsibility. I suddenly had my little claim to fame and a way to make my voice heard.
I’ve always believed in serving any community you come in contact with, but I think the real attraction of the pageant world was the way it gives women an opportunity to be heard. My platform, A Perfect Fit, is something near and dear to my heart. By inculcating into the hearts of young girls a mindset of health and well-being, a belief that their bodies are incredible because of what they allow them to do and not how they look, the future of South Carolina will be happier, healthier, and more confident.
So here’s my one rule for this whole journey: Happy tears only! All things coming out of this experience will be positive because things happen like they’re meant to. God has a greater plan than I can imagine, and to Him be the glory. Win or lose at Miss South Carolina, no one can take away my ability to serve as Miss Greater Easley or the memories of this year. I can’t wait to see what the future holds, and I thank everyone taking the time to read this and support me!
Miss Greater Easley 2015
Tracy Elizabeth McGee