Pageant preaches beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

By Perry Russom

July 12, 2014 Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 11:45 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A dozen women showed off their outer and inner beauty Saturday night in this year's Miss Big, Bold and Beautiful pageant.

Saturday night was their 5th pageant at the Double Tree Hotel in Binghamton

The pageant is for women who are plus-sized where family and friends come to celebrate the beauty within.

The pageant's message is about letting the world know beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

"The most that you can get out of it is self-esteem, self awareness, pride, understanding, and most of all sisters going through the same thing that they may have been through or may be going through," said Michelle Allen, a former Miss BBB.

The pageant teaches women to move past the world's pressures to fit a certain look or size to be called beautiful.

This year's theme was "Shine Bright Like a Diamond."

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