Jessica Edwards, Miss U.S. Plus World, resides in Virginia with her husband and three children. She’s a 300 hour certified yoga instructor, certified henna artist, published illustrator, and professional artist with works on display in VA, WV, and MD. Jessica is the founder/director of Miss Abilities Organization, a program that creates accessible pageants and community involvement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Jessica’s platform is The Dove Self Esteem Project where she teaches workshops to help young people overcome body image issues and fulfill their potential by building positive body confidence and self-esteem. 

What are some major achievements or accolades that you've accumulated?

The three accolades I’ve received that I’m most proud of would be the 2018 White House Foods Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr Community Leader Award, the DreamBIG Productions 2018 Mother of the Year Award and of course winning Miss U.S. Plus World 2020. 

How do use your platform as an influencer to spread "What's Good" to the world and who have you impacted?

Since becoming an ambassador for The Dove Self Esteem Project, I’ve been able to deliver self-esteem education workshops to hundreds of young women ages 8-16, parents, mentors, teachers, and youth leaders. Because of the global pandemic, I had to find creative ways to share my platform. I now offer workshop through zoom and Google classroom as well as sharing my message of confidence and positivity on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok. 

What are some projects that you are currently working on or promoting?

I am currently preparing to compete for the title of Miss Plus World in February 2021, continuing my humanitarianism work and finishing up illustrations for another children’s book!

Who do you have to credit for your success?

From a very young age, my parents instilled in me their values and a passion for volunteering and giving back and I fully credit them for my humanitarianism.