Waldorf Zumba instructor vies for Mrs. Maryland USA
Local Zumba instructor vying for Mrs. Maryland United States crown
One of the most popular pag- eants in Maryland is searching for a one-of-a-kind, communi- ty-oriented candidate to reign as Mrs. Maryland United States. Waldorf resident and fitness guru Tammy Wright feels she embodies all of what the pageant represents — and hopes to be crowned next.
“The Mrs. Maryland United States organization is a ‘sister- hood’ pageant that empowers women and gives them an opportunity to partner with char- itable organizations that are close to their hearts. I’m excited to see all these amazing women compete for the coveted Mrs. Maryland United States 2017 crown,” said Teri Brown-Walk- er, executive state director for the Mrs. Maryland United States Pageant.
Since 1986, the Mrs. United States National Pageant assem- bles annually to celebrate the achievements of married wom- en throughout the 50 states. Ac- cording to Pageant Planet, the Mrs. Maryland United States pageant was recently ranked No. 6 on the list for top 10 state pageants of 2016. It has become an exclusive source for married women, ages 21 and older, to demonstrate sportsmanship and to seek a change through expressing individuality in a glamorous, sophisticated way.
Mrs. Maryland United States is a preliminary pageant to the national Mrs. United States pageant — including an interview, swimsuit, evening gown and costume category for all con- testants to compete. Part of the prize package includes a guest appearance on the TV talk show, “Society Moms.”
Wright, 44, a co-owner of ABC Fitness Connection LLC, said this is her first time partic- ipating in a pageant. She said although the experience has been amazing, the stakes are set even higher this year with a total of 16 competitors, 10 more than the pageant had in 2016.
“[The pageant] gives me the platform to further what I love to do, which is educating fami- lies about wellness, fitness and health. Chronic diseases are hitting home a lot earlier now. There are children with diabetes and right now health is more important than anything. If I can get one family to understand that, then I feel I’ve made a generational change in that family,” she said.
Wright’s platform for the pageant, “Kid Fit Be Fit,” will focus on getting families healthy to “kick out” chronic diseases. She believes the one way for parents to spend time with their children is through healthy activities.
She said the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that family members who get their daily recommended exercise feel better about themselves, which can lead to a happier family unit.
Wright’s gym and fitness program has been thriving in Waldorf for eight years and she recently began teaching a Zumba class with Charles County Parks and Recreation on Feb. 13. Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday at Matta- woman Middle School at 7 p.m.
The Zumba guru said this pageant is a “dream come true,” and she’s not a quitter when it comes to accomplishing her goals. She describes herself as a leader, a determined individ- ual and a visionary, which are all qualities that she said makes her a winner.
Not only is Wright a proud supporter of Southern Mary- land, but she also has more than 22 years in the military. She went from being a tomboy when she was younger to an ac- complished woman of elegance and strength.
“Never let anyone dictate what the future is going to hold for you,” she said.
Her husband, John Wright, said she is a winner because she always has high standards going into situations. He added that she is smart, talented, hardworking and has a very in- fectious spirit.
“There’s so many things about her, so you can’t just put her in a box. Just talking about her, she genuinely loves people and anything she can do to help, she’s there. She has a lot of attributes that are rare in this day and time. Even though she’s a product of the inner city, she came up from Southeast Washington, D.C., to be who she is today,” John said.
Currently, Wright does Zumba and motivational speaking engagements at a juvenile detention center in Baltimore. She plans to go to local middle schools and high schools to talk about how drugs, such as the use of electronic cigarettes, tobacco and vaping, are harmful to a person’s health.
“I have to win to continue my platform for Kid Fit Be Fit. The director wants to see a rookie who can go up there, be original and is active in the community. Prayerfully it’s not based on how someone looks, but based off of confidence and our platform,” Wright said.
Voting for the Mrs. Maryland United States Pageant ends on Friday, Feb. 24 — one day prior to the pageant. Votes cost a minimum of $2 each with the proceeds benefitting the “No Kid Hungry” campaign, the official charity of the Mrs. United States organization. For more information, go to www.mrsmdunitedstates.com/people-schoice2.html.
Tammy Wright, a co-owner of ABC Fitness Connection LLC, is competing to be Mrs. Maryland United States 2017.