Katy, TX News (July 16, 2014) – Houston-area resident and 2009 Ms. Plus America, Steph DeWaegeneer, was crowned with the honorary title Miss Plus America Lifetime at the 2014 Miss Plus America Pageant™ on Friday evening, July 4, 2014 during the traditional Viva La Diva dinner party. The pageant festivities were held throughout the week at the Westin Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA
Women from all over the United States came to compete in three divisions (Miss, Ms., and Mrs.) in a week of preliminary competition, optional competitions, and a host of parties held in their honor. A highlight of the schedule included a break from the competition for a scavenger hunt clue chase at Lennox Sqaure, the premier shopping destination for Georgia fashionistas. This year’s delegates were also chronicled throughout the week by Time Magazine photojournalist.
Even after crowning her successor, Steph continued to support the mission of the Miss Plus America organization by emceeing state-level pageants, recruiting contestants, and serving as an Ambassador at charity events.
Ms. DeWaegeneer resides in Katy, TX and works as a professional improvisational comedian with CSz Houston, performing in their long running show ComedySportz™; and in the nationally recognized murder mystery Dinner Detective. She also performs as voice-over talent for radio stations throughout the U.S. She is an active member of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and Katy Lunch Bunch. She’s been married to Jim Collier an independent sales representative for Empire Today for 18 months. They have one adorable dog, named Sawyer.
Steph is a graduate of Spring High School in northwest Houston, and holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Sam Houston State University. She lived in Chicago, IL for a decade where she studied at the renowned Second City Conservatory, performed with ComedySportz, and at iO. Shortly after returning to Texas in May 2008, she made a commitment to enter the Miss Texas Plus America Pageant. After being crowned Ms. Texas Plus America she had six hectic weeks to prepare for the national competition and walked away with the 2009 national Ms. division crown.
Ms. DeWaegeneer teaches improv comedy classes in Houston and is a highly requested corporate trainer and speaker. She is represented by Pastorini-Bosby Talent.