By KYLIE MCCOOL
One local woman got the royal treatment on June 18 when Heather Kemper-Hussey won the Mrs. Missouri America Pageant.
Hussey, a wife and mother of five children ranging in age from 9 months to 20 years, said that competing as Mrs. Wentzville was her first ever time going out for a pageant, though she has a background in acting and modeling.
Her motivation to enter the Mrs. Missouri competition came from a friend of hers, who was also a local pageant winner.
“I was talking to the former Mrs. Wentzville, who had gotten to be on a lot of radio shows to raise awareness for her charity,” Hussey said. From that, she was inspired to do the same for the benefit of Sparrow’s Nest Teen Maternity Home, a local nonprofit for which Hussey serves as a member of its board of directors.
“As a Christian woman, it’s difficult to hear about a teen mom giving up her baby simply because she doesn’t have resources,” Hussey states in her Sparrow’s Nest board bio. “It’s difficult hearing that she has been given an ultimatum to give up the baby and keep her home and family, or have the baby and become homeless and be abandoned by your family. I look at our oldest daughter and can’t imagine her being left to those choices. So I want to help The Sparrow’s Nest expand those resources for young mommas. To spread the word that teen moms do have a better choice.”
In addition to serving on the Sparrow’s Nest board, Hussey also is a member of the steering committee for 100 Women Who Care – St. Charles and is an active member of Morningstar Church.
Since beginning her journey to become Mrs. Missouri – the first step toward becoming Mrs. America, Hussey said it has been incredible to see how the community has supported her.
“Even before the pageant started, people were coming up to me, telling me they believed in me,” Hussey said.
Delegates to the Mrs. Missouri competition were judged in three categories: interview [50 percent of total score], swimsuit [25 percent of total score and evening gown [25 percent of total score]. With over 15 years of experience in the public relations field and over 10-years of modeling and acting experience working, Hussey said she hasn’t planned any “specific preparation for Mrs. America.”
“I plan to keep doing what I’ve been doing; eating healthy and exercising,” she said. “It’s been an amazing journey to learn more about myself and the opinions I have, talking about Sparrow’s Nest and spreading awareness for an organization I care about.”
When asked if Mrs. World, the next step after Mrs. America, was in her scope at all, Hussey laughed.
“Not really,” she said. “I’m still shocked I won Mrs. Missouri. I just plan to play it by ear.”
Hussey, who is the director of public relations and marketing for The Expert Realty Company, the Hussey’s family-owned business, could become the third Missouri woman to be crowned Mrs. America when that pageant takes place in Las Vegas in August.