RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A Rio Rancho woman has taken the top spot in the talent portion of a national beauty pageant.
Gaenor Thompson, an experienced pageant competitor, was named Ms. Talent American Renaissance at the national competition in Las Vegas, Nev., Sept. 13-18.
At the same time, her 12-year-old daughter, Stasha Thompson, was named Junior Miss American Renaissance based on her anti-bullying platform.
The American Renaissance beauty pageant system awards titles in several divisions based on age and marital status. Contestants may be honored for civic campaigns, charitable fundraising and talent, as well as receiving overall awards.
Thompson sang “Winter Wonderland,” chosen because it fit the time limit, to clinch the Ms. Talent title. She said she was surprised to win because contestants from other states showed a lot of talent.
“When I was on stage and they called my name, it took a minute to sink in,” she said.
The Junior Miss national competitors were judged solely on their platforms. None attended the competition because it would have caused them to miss school, Thompson said, so she accepted the crown for Stasha.
“I was totally blown away,” she said.
The mother-and-daughter duo is invited to attend next year’s competition to crown their successors.
Thompson said during the coming year, she’ll support cancer awareness and research as well as veterans. For Halloween, she’s planning to join Independence High School students to trick-or-treat for food for Roadrunner Food Bank.
She has struggled with her health recently, but said she’s doing OK and being monitored by a doctor.
“But I’m still living my life,” she said.
Thompson is available for speaking and singing engagements as Ms. Talent American Renaissance. To make arrangements, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 835-0154.