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Curvy women set the stage for body positivity

Gardnerville resident Francisca Ramos wants to be a role model for women who may have difficulty feeling comfortable in their own skin. She shares that dream with 11 other women who participated in the Miss/Mrs. Curvy Nevada USA Nov. 12 at the Eldorado in Reno.

"It's really just a lot of us beautiful, curvy ladies competing for the title," said Ramos. "It's a lot of fun and is a whole inner self learning experience and becoming comfortable in your own skin and with who you are."

The Miss/Mrs. Curvy Nevada USA was founded by Monique Manzo and Brittany Nielsen in 2015. It is open to women who wear a size 8 or larger and is like any other pageant complete with interviews, the swim suit and evening gown, photo shoots and talents.

"The only difference is that we truly embrace the curvy body and want to showcase that women should be proud of their curves and flaunt them," said Manzo. "The purpose of the pageant is to promote body positivity and overall women empowerment."

“ It’s a lot of fun and is a whole inner self learning experience and becoming comfortable in your own skin and with who you are.”Francisca Ramos

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Ramos has been plus size modeling since 2006 and until now she has not placed in the pageant, but has won the public's choice, which is done on Facebook by voting for the participants' pageant photos. Ramos said one like was equal to one vote. This year she placed second and received the public's choice.

"I was extremely pleased this year, I got a little crown and flowers," said Ramos. "It was the highlight of my night. I did it."

Ramos said she had a lot fun participating in the pageant, but what she seemed to enjoy more was reminiscing her experience, accomplishing her goals, and pursuing her dreams.

She said she wants the young and young at heart to feel comfortable in their skin no matter what they weigh and to know they are beautiful.

"I want to be a role model for other women who are struggling with their image and who may not feel comfortable," she said. "I want them to know that it's OK to be big and still be beautiful."

She also wanted to share her appreciation to the founders and those who share her passion.

"I want to thank Monique and Brittany from the bottom of my heart and for putting up with me for the past two years," she said. "It is a true honor to be a part of the Miss Curvy family."

For more information and how to get involved visit misscurvyus.com or http://www.facebook.com/MissCurvyUS