Seven-year-old Paris Epps, who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has become the first African American to be crowned Tiny Miss Princess of America. In the pageant held in Branson, Missouri, Paris won the title of Tiny Miss Princess of America. She also won awards for Casual Wear, Active Wear, Best Interview, Best Smile, and Miss Personality, according to The Oklahoma Eagle.
The Princess of America pageant is a national competition that helps girls aged 4 to 24 build confidence and leadership skills. The pageant gives out national titles in various age groups and recognizes outstanding talent and ambassadors who excel in appearance, community service, and volunteer work.
As the Tiny Miss Princess of America, Paris will receive a special crown, scholarship money, and travel opportunities such as a Caribbean cruise. She will represent the Princess of America organization, promote her platform called “Paris to the Rescue” to help animals find homes, and make appearances in different states.
As part of her victory, Paris also received a custom crown, banner, flowers, and a crystal award. She was also treated to a professional photo shoot and a gift reception where she received sponsored gifts from supporters of the Princess of America Pageant.
Dr. Shavonda Pannell, Paris’ mother, expressed her immense joy and pride on social media after her daughter’s historic win. She shared her excitement with the following message: “Y’all the joy I felt hearing this news is unexplainable! She is really making strides and making history! I am soooo proud of this little girl! She truly is Tulsa’s Sweetheart.”
Paris, also reflecting on her historic win, expressed her gratitude for the overwhelming love and support she received from her friends. “I felt so good hearing all my friends behind me clapping and showing me so much love and support because that is what it’s all about. I will never forget this day! Thank you, Princess of America, for making all of my dreams come true! I love my POA!”
Paris comes from a family of trailblazers, including her parents, Dr. Shavonda Pannell, The Prancing Pearls of Excellence’s CEO, and Willis Epps; her grandparents, Anthony and Valonda Pannell; and her great-grandfather, “King Arthur” Pannell, who was a successful entrepreneur and restaurateur in Tulsa.