COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Young women gathered at the Columbus Public Library Saturday for an event aimed at teaching the virtues of confidence and self-esteem.
28 contestants competed in the Georgia Sweetheart Pageant. The event gave contestants up to the age of 25 a chance to strut their stuff and show off some beautiful gowns.
Organizers say they wanted the young women to learn self-love as well as give back to the community.
"Today is the Georgia Sweetheart Pageant; our Valentine's Day Pageant. It's a Natural Beauty Pageant and it's for ages 0 to 25. Natural Beauty is what God gave you. You don't have to enhance yourself to be accepted and we want to make sure our young people know that. I was raised on those values and I'm raising my daughter on those values. So I just want to do my part in helping the youth understand that they are beautiful just the way they are," Jamie Simes stated, the pageant director.
Organizers say part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Columbus Public Library.