Former Pageant Titleholder Makes History & Builds A Legacy!
The Miss New Orleans Pageant (since 1930) has served as a local preliminary pageant to a number of Louisiana state pageants including Miss Louisiana USA (Miss USA/Miss Universe system), Miss Louisiana (Miss America system), Mrs Louisiana America (Mrs America system) & Ms Louisiana State. The first titleholder, Dorothy Lamour was crowned back in 1930 and went on to become a famous American film actress in Hollywood.
The Miss New Orleans Pageant made history in 2010 when New Orleans native and young entrepreneur, Jennifer Connor produced the 80th Annual Miss New Orleans Pageant becoming the first African American owner and producer in its history. She is not only the first African American to own and produce the local city pageant but the youngest. Jennifer has experience in the field of pageantry and has been active in a variety of other pageants as well, including co-producing & choreographing the Miss Bay Area USA Pageant as well as helping with the production of the Miss Texas USA Pageant, Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant & Miss Houston USA Pageant.
Jennifer is an entrepreneur with a background in television. She has worked for CW 39 News in Houston, featured in episodes of BET's "The Game", HBO's "Treme", USA's original tv series "Common Law" & Disney Movie "Let It Shine". She is an alumnus of Tulane University where she cheered and was on the dean's list as well as an alumnus of St Mary's Academy High School where she cheered and was recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame/Walk of Fame. She is the former Miss Texas United States 2008 and competed in the national Miss United States Pageant in Las Vegas. She also held the title of Miss Louisiana United States 2010 where she featured on ABC-26 "Good Morning New Orleans" show. Jennifer placed 1st runner up in the Miss New Orleans Pageant in 2007 and is now loving the behind the scenes role as Executive Producer of the pageant.
Jennifer has a history of entrepreneurship, starting her very first business as a teen back in 2001. She is the founder of Starlette Cheerleading & Dance, a company and youth program she started as a teen, and holds cheer & dance classes/clinics throughout the state of Louisiana and Texas for young girls. She's been active in any community in which she resides and over the years has served as a mentor and volunteer at youth and recreational centers including the Quillian Recreational Youth Center in Houston and has visited a number of schools including KIPP Elementary in New Orleans and Space Center Elementary in Houston where she served as a special guest speaker for their annual Career Day.
Jennifer is excited to bring her years of experience in television, modeling and pageantry to the Miss New Orleans Pageant Organization. Her background started in television with a leading role in the Cox 10 Productions Show "Spoken", working for CW 39 News in Houston where she did reporting and featured as a model in several fashion and news segments for the station, featuring as a finalist on ABC 13 "Making of a Houston Texans NFL Cheerleader", serving as a commercial spokesperson for Houston Video Yellow Pages and working as a spokesperson & sports reporter for Gladiatorsmagazine.com.
Jennifer brings much to the table and looks forward to continuing the legacy of the Miss New Orleans Pageant. Her mission is to empower young girls and women of all ages through her pageant system.