(COLUMBIA, SC)– Sparkle Nation LLC, under the direction of Ms. Chontell Lucas, hosts the Miss Pure Sparkle Pageant 2019, “A Sparkling Night in Paris”. The pageant for girls ages 0-18 will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 5pm at the Freddie E. Grace, Jr. Theatre located at 3455 Pine Belt Road in Columbia SC 29204. The Miss Pure Sparkle Pageant is a vehicle to help young girls build self-esteem and confidence, to find their internal sparkle, and to persevere through life’s transitions. This event, now in it’s 3rd year, is only one of many initiatives started by Ms. Lucas to raise Sarcoidosis Awareness. Lucas lost her mother in 2012 to the little known inflammatory disease, which can affect any organ in the body, but is most prevalent in the lungs. Currently there is no cure, or accurate cause of this silent disease. Lucas hopes that through this pageant and her organization she can raise awareness for the disease and encourage people of all ages that “You SPARKLE your brightest, in the face of adversity, when you choose to shine in the dark your light becomes contagious.” This event is more than just a pageant and will feature a number of vendors, special appearances by anti-bullying advocate Super Beauty and her creator, musical artist and author of “Super Beauty Saves the Day”, TiffanyJ, Gospel recording artist Regina Skeeters and will be hosted by TV host and radio personality Jeffrey Lampkin. Tickets are only $10 and will be available at the door.
The Miss Pure Sparkle Pageant will include over 30 participants who will compete in several categories from “Sparkling Personality”, where they will dawn outfits that showcase their individuality to “When I Glow Up”, where they will wear attire that reflects what they want to be when they grow up. In addition, there will also be an evening wear category along with an interview category, which will take place the day before the pageant.
Chontell Lucas, the founder of The Miss Pure Sparkle Pageant and Sparkle Nation LLC, is a pillar of strength, perseverance and advocacy. After the loss of her mother in 2012 she survived a life-threatening car accident in 2014 and has decided to not only live, but sparkle. She is the former Ms. South Carolina Plus America 2016, was crowned Ms. Yellow Jessamine Plus America 2017, was awarded the 2018 Woman of Influence Award by ACHI Magazine and named among the South Carolina Top 20 Under 40 for her achievements in the community in 2018. This year she has received a prestigious nomination for the 2019 Dream Catchers Award for outstanding achievement in her community along with the 2019 Life Changer Award.
The Sparkle Nation umbrella covers a multitude of empowerment initiatives including: Workshops, Teacups & Tiaras Self-Esteem Sessions, Membership, Sarcoidosis Advocacy, and a mentoring program (Sparkle Charms) for little ladies, ages 4-17. The organization serves two locations, Columbia, SC and Greenwood, SC and is for women ages 1-101, igniting their internal Sparkle for the Nations to see.