First ever Ms. Senior World Pageant to debut in Biloxi


In this day and age, we could all certainly use a little more beauty in life and a whole host of beauties will be gracing Biloxi come November.

The upcoming inaugural Ms. Senior World Pageant is set to debut in South Mississippi.

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South Mississippian Sherry Strother is stepping into new shoes, undoubtedly sparkly high heels like she wore center stage in Las Vegas when she was crowned Ms. Senior Universe 2019.

After decades in the spotlight as a pageant queen, Strother is wearing a new title, that of owner and producer of the first ever Ms. Senior World Pageant and she’s bringing it home to Biloxi for the world premiere. “I love building up women. That has been what I have enjoyed throughout my life is touching little girls and children, putting a smile on their face. It’s not about me. I’ve had that opportunity to open that door, but I have 40 years of beauty, fashion and pageant training.”

Now that experience is being put to work. So far, delegates from 15 different states have been chosen to compete. They’re just getting started and still looking for a few more good women to compete for the title in three age categories: 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70 to 79. “Our deadline date is September 1, 2020. Up until then you can enter, just go to our website.”

A winner from each of the three age categories will walk away with the Ms. Senior World title plus a crown and a whole host of other prizes, but perhaps most importantly, a platform to reach others. “As I said, she will be the brand. She will go out, and her platform will be whatever she wants to speak on. These women have not been born with silver spoons in their mouths. They have dug in their heels and have worked very hard.”

That’s what this pageant is truly about: celebrating women who are tried and true. They carry an inner beauty you can’t find in a make-up bottle who shine in their golden years, carrying an inner badge of courage and wisdom that only life’s lessons can afford, a legacy to pass on to generations to come.

To learn more about the Ms. Senior World Pageant visit their website at

The pageant is set to take place at the Biloxi Civic Center and preliminaries will be held November 9th.

The actual crowning will take place on November 10th. News 25’s Brantly Keiek will be on the judge’s panel and our own Toni Miles will emcee this event.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned....