August 17, 2010
An arduous five-year journey ended with roses and a crown for Renton resident Latasha Haskins, 29, who was crowned Miss Plus America 2010 on July 17.
“I’m already extremely excited,” she said. “I’ve been really praying that God would open the doors for me to meet people that I would never, otherwise, be able to meet.
“I think that my personal platform, and that of Miss Plus America, is really relevant to our country right now.”
A tough climb
Two years ago, at 27, Haskins had done what takes many a lifetime to conquer — faced her fears, accepted herself and changed her outlook on life.
“I went through a period where I thought my life was over,” she said, in a 2008 interview. “I was living away from my family, raising two kids by myself, living on [Department of Health and Social Services], I was overweight and didn’t have a good job.
“One day, I realized that that wasn’t what I wanted, so I took a real hard look at myself — the whole thing, weight, appearance, education — I got real with myself and I was appalled.”
Slowly but surely, she conquered each obstacle in front of her, with her boys — Isaiah, now 10, and Kevin, now 7 — her mother and her father by her side.
She said she decided to join the Miss Plus America pageant system, because it’s something she believes in.
The national pageant is designed to foster the belief that “all women are beautiful, inside and out and deserve a chance to promote those causes closest to her heart with a title worthy of her representation,” according to the pageant organization’s website. Read more
August 4, 2010
NEW — 3:05 p.m. Aug. 4, 2010
Here she is: Renton resident Latasha Haskins has earned the Miss Plus America crown.
The single mother bested 41 other contestants in the quest for the title. Haskins, 29, picked up the crown last month at the national pageant for plus-size women.
Judges rated contestants based on fashion — pant-wear and evening gown — and a final interview.
“Bottom line, I was ready and I made up my mind that this year either way I would walk away content because I knew I did my part!” Haskins said in a Q&A posted on the pageant website.
Haskins competed in the 2008 and 2009 Miss Plus America contests as well.