On May 28, Corpus Christi will be host to the first annual Miss Magnificent Pageant Corpus Christi. The pageant will be different from any other in that it is only open to individuals with special needs as a way to help them feel confident without any risk of ridicule or judgment.

The Miss Magnificent organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that produces free pageants in order to promote self-confidence and communication skills while allowing the participants a chance to have fun at the same time.

The organization was started in 2012 by Lillian Reeves who began competing in pageants when she lived in Alabama in 2010. She felt her experiences in pageants were a good way to boost self-esteem and confidence. One of her favorite community service activities involved helping special needs individuals with riding lessons at an equestrian camp. Afterwards, Reeves moved back to Texas and started working with students through her school. She then began the Miss Magnificent to as a way to allow those with special needs to have the same positive self image that competing had given her.

It was during December of 2015 that Audra Luna put her 12 year old, autistic daughter in Miss Magnificent pageant. They had such a great experience that they reached out to Lillian Reeves explained her situation and asked if it would be possible to hold a pageant in Corpus Christi. Reeves responded back and allowed Luna and her daughter's foundation Justice 4 Aliza to sponsor, plan, and organize the first event in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The 2016 Miss Magnificent Corpus Christi Pageant will take place at 1:00 P.M. at Recio's Smokehouse located at 5526 Old Brownsville Road. Anyone wishing to register their child, become a national sponsor or to get more information can go to the website at www.missmagnificent.org. To inquire about the local pageant including sponsorship opportunities, please call Audra Luna at (361)904-4107.