When Patricia Ford was a young girl she showed interest in pageants after seeing Miss America on television.
Her mother told Ford she would never be able do pageants because she was too short. Her belief was that pageant contestants were sterotypically tall.
But Miss Capital City, a Georgia Tech graduate, is standing tall today after being crowned Miss Georgia Saturday night at the Rivercenter for the Performing arts.
“I guess I am tall enough to be Miss Georgia,” Ford said Sunday afternoon.
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Ford, 22, of Johns Creek, Ga. said in an interview that she can’t remember her name being called only that of Miss Cobb County Brooke Doss being announced as first runner-up which meant she had won.
Miss Golden Isles Alyssa Beasley was second runner-up, Miss Rome Chari Guzman was third runner-up and Miss Southeast Georgia Sarah Deloach was fourth runner-up.
It was only three years ago that Ford entered her first pageant “just for fun.”
She won being maned Miss Cherokee Rose, something, she said, she never expected to happen.
Whe she won, her father asked her what’s next and she replied she was going to be Miss Georgia.
“This is a great Father’s Day gift for him,” she said.
Besides winning enough scholarship money to get of college debt free, she said the pageants have been a confidence builder.
Ford said when she arrived in Columbus she was not nervous. She said she had a sense of confidence, a sense of peace. “To be honest, my mind set all week was that I could win this thing,” Ford said.
She said this is a new chapter in her life but “it doesn’t change me.”
Ford said she will work hard to make Georgia proud and that she plans to be a “gracious loving and serving Miss Georgia for the next 365 days.”
Of course, she is hoping to cut her reign short as last year’s winner Betty Cantrell did by becoming Miss America.
Ford’s talent is ballet but she is not sure if she will do the same routine Ballet En Pointe to “Explosive” by Bond at the Miss America competition in September in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ford has danced in many place including at sunrise on the top of the Great Wall of China for a Chinese television show.
The winner has a mother who immigrated here from China. Her father is Caucasian. She said she embraces her Assian-American heritage. “I truly epitomize the American melting pot. Growing up with two very different cultures helped me become the woman I am today.”
She said her heritage helps her to “respect people who are different from me.”
Through the years Ford has worked to promote and raise funds Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
“As Miss Georgia, I want to continue to focus my efforts in the three areas of fundraising, event planning and promoting the CMNH brand,” she said.