I.M.A.G.E. for TEENS, Inc. is proud to announce its 2021 scholarship recipient, Miss I.M.A.G.E. 2021 Gabrielle “Gabby” Cox.
Gabby is the daughter of Eric and LaKenya Cox. She is in the 10th grade at Hattiesburg High School, where she plays the violin in the chamber orchestra, is a member of the speech and debate team and a member of the varsity cheerleading team. In addition, she is a member of the National Beta Club and recently became a member of the Hattiesburg Mayor’s Youth Council.
Gabby said she has always wanted to be in a pageant. When she and her parents saw the Miss I.M.A.G.E. Scholarship Pageant advertised on Facebook, Gabby signed up for the pageant and immediately started to prepare.
The pageant consisted of mentorship, scholarship and workshops that prepared participants for pageant day and life after the pageant experience. All contestants received special gifts and treats for being a part of the experience.
Gabby was the recipient of a $700 scholarship bundle, along with a host of prizes and an offer to perform with Xfinity Dance of Hattiesburg.
Lakenya said she was pleased with the sessions given by the mentors. The girls received lessons on life skills and positive affirmations; to have beauty within and to love yourself first. No matter what was going on, Gabby said she found the time to participate in the Journey to The Crown Mentoring Program. Gabby challenged herself to try something new and it paid off.
For talent, although Gabby hasn’t trained professionally in dance for several years, she taught herself pointe. Gabby and Lakenya were able to spend time together while choreographing her dance routine for the talent portion.
“The fact that so many people devoted their time, funds and energy to ensure that our girls had a memorable experience, warms my heart,” Lakenya said.
The theme for the pageant was “Exposure is Everything,” which means that it is important for girls to be exposed to new learning experiences.
Gabby aspires to be an actress. She said that she understands that acting roles are so few. Until she makes it to Broadway, Gabby said she will attend college where she can study performing arts and business management. Gabby hopes to own her own dance/acting school. She is currently taking acting classes with That’s A Wrap Studio.
For the next few months, Gabby will attend speech and debate competitions both in Mississippi and throughout the US. Although Gabby has a lot of irons in the fire, her parents said she has a huge support system to keep her balanced and well-grounded.