Ms. Senior DC Phyllis Jordan center, Left to right Joycelyn Thompson, Third Runner-up, Best Evening Gown and Best Salesperson; Paulette Cunningham, Second Runner-up; Hadiyah Muhammad, Juanita Patterson; Margaret Carter, First Runner-up, Best Talent and Best Interview; Patricia Sanker and Ruby Bourne are also pictured with their escorts.

Eight District women met weekly for nearly two months to learn their steps, practice their talents, and perfect their philosophies on the road to becoming the next Ms. Senior D.C.

Phyllis M. Jordan, who sang “Four Women” by Nina Simone and wore a turquoise blue off-the-shoulder gown with mermaid bottom during her evening gown and philosophy of life presentations, was crowned Ms. Senior D.C. 2018. Her a cappella presentation showed off her voice as well as the four women — Aunt Sarah, Saffronia, Sweet Thing and Peaches — depicted in the song, released in 1966.

Margaret Carter was awarded First Runner-up, Best Talent and Best Interview, and she heated up the crowd in a red gown adorned with beads and a knee-length split, and with her interpretive dance to “Fever” by Peggy Lee.

Second Runner-up was Paulette Cunningham, who presented her poem titled “Life.” Joycelyn Thompson was Third-Runner-up, Best Salesperson and Best Evening Gown. She entertained the crowd with her Caribbean Whine dance in a colorful costume that included green sequins, green ostrich feathers, a green lame, pleated cape and native flag headwear. The contestants voted Phyllis Jordan Ms. Congeniality.

Ms. Senior D.C. 2017 Frances Curtis-Johnson performed her talent from last year, where she portrayed a Radio DJ on WFRJ 67.5 local radio, a call-in show for seniors. She began the show with “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, and ended with the beat of Chuck Brown’s “Chuck Baby.” She presented her farewell address and her final walk as Ms. Senior D.C., thanking all who supported her doing her reign.

Special guest for the event, Ms. Senior America Carolyn Slade Harden, greeted attendees and sang “I Love Being Here with You” by Peggy Lee. She changed some of the words of the song, and acknowledged a few D.C. members by name. During her visit here, many of the ladies took her to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a tour. The D.C. Seniors Cameo Club also hosted a meet and greet at Tesora Restaurant directly after the pageant.

Representatives from the Ms. Senior America Pageant who attended the event included Robin Rosenthal Milne, executive director, Senior America, Inc.; Kat Fanelli, national pageant director; Sam Fanelli, sound engineer; Annmarie Pittman, national pageant choreographer and Ms. Virginia Senior America past administrator; and Fran Owens, secretary, National Senior America Alumni Club.

The MC Steppers opened and closed the program with dances to the music of Chaka Khan, including the pageant theme song, “Every Woman.”

Congratulations to all of our contestants! Job well done!

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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