I Am Not A Pageant Winner;
But God Still Made Me A Queen
By Evangelist Angie BEE “Da Queen Bee”
Edited by the Anointed Loretha Simon
A couple of months ago my husband and I found ourselves surrounded by intelligent, talented and extremely beautiful women. My husband is SUCH a gentleman that his expression never changed, his head never turned and his soulful eyes remained gazed upon me; however, I have to admit that I felt a bit small that day. I mean, these women had perfectly coiffed and colored hair, their makeup was PERFECT along with their teeth and their outfits were enhanced by sashes. Some of them even wore crowns on their heads!
For the second year in a row my husband was invited to participate in the Ms. and Mrs. Florida United States Pageant, which occurred in Volusia County, Florida and I was there to witness the crowning of a queen.
What makes a queen these days? Baby Charlotte was born into a royal family but she wasn’t born a queen. I think her official title is “Her Royal Highness, Princess Charlotte”. I heard the news media refer to her brother as the “Heir” and she as the “Spare”. I don’t know that I would want to be referred to as a “Spare”… but in England, she was born into prestige and wealth, so maybe that makes up for it.
The beauty pageant contestants (referred to as Delegates) are all competing to be The Queen. It’s actually quite an impressive competition! A showcase of wonderful women who all fit into a list of qualifications; seeking an opportunity to represent their county, city, state and the platform that is most dear to them. We heard about cancer awareness and domestic violence during their speeches; we learned about the families that raised them and we learned about their goals. Pageantry certainly draws quite an eclectic mix of wonders to its doors!
Let me tell you about Dr. Veronica Duncan Walters from Tampa, Florida (Dr. V). My husband Bartee and I met her during the 2014 pageant. When Pageant Director Pam Bolter invited my husband Bartee to be a judge, all I could think of was half naked, 6-foot tall lovelies parading in front of my hubby, blowing him cleavage-anchored kisses in a bid to secure his vote. Bartee and I had only been married for 8 months at that time and I wasn’t about to let temptation enter our honeymoon, so I asked Pam if I could tag along… with my shot-gun in my purse (lol). She agreed to put up with me, and I will be forever grateful for attending.
I was seated strategically behind the judges so I could witness it all. I had my trusty camera with me and snapped a few pictures. Several delegates bounced into the room and wowed the judges but when Dr. V entered the room, the atmosphere changed! The illumination that radiated off her shoulders was indescribable! The confidence, the joy, the ease upon her face even made ME sit up a bit straighter! Out of the dozen or so delegates that faced the judges that day, she was the only one my husband directed a question to… and she NAILED her answer. On this particular day she was a Queen, you could tell she was a Queen and that she had been a Queen for some time.
Now, Dr. Veronica didn’t have the figure of a beauty pageant contestant. By her own admission, she wore a size 16 in a room full of “size 2” women. If there were 12 delegates competing that day, 10 of them were Caucasian and she was the lone African American. Her formal gown appeared to have come from a department store, not the boutiques where the others obviously purchased their gowns. Her makeup (although it looked good to me) wasn’t expertly applied with highlights and false lashes and glitter and gloss. Oh, don’t get me wrong… she is a STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL woman, but on that day she just didn’t look like a pageant girl. She competed in the “Mrs.” category and you could tell that she wasn’t in it for prestige. She was competing for another reason and I wondered to myself if she was searching for the title of “Queen”. Hmmmmm
When I dedicated my life to Christ many years ago, I didn’t realize that dedication came with a price and a title. The price that I paid was to live in darkness for a while. With the hand of God upon my life,
He allowed me to survive THREE suicide attempts as the result of Major Depressive Disorder while raising my daughters in a domestically violent household. My God gave me the strength to leave an abusive husband; and
- Gifted me with a global radio show – we celebrated our tenth year on the air last summer.
- Directed me to launch an outreach TOUR five years ago which now includes a Holy Hip Hop concert and SIX testimonial workshops!
- Led me to write my first book detailing the depression and final suicide attempt and a second book detailing my 200 pound weight loss!
- Gifted me with a global TV show and last but not least, just after my youngest left home to attend college…
- God blessed me to marry the man that calls me his “rib”.
Bartee and I met in February 2013, he proposed in May 2013 and we married in August 2013. LOOK AT GOD! The price for my life then was a temporary bout with darkness that I still live with everyday… but the title that the Lord graced me with was QUEEN. He named me “Da Queen Bee” and I buzz about as a round, yellow, busy-little-bumble bee for Christ. People ask me why “they” call me “Da Queen Bee” and I reply: “That’s the name that God gave me”.
What makes a queen these days? How can YOU be granted the title of QUEEN? The baby Princess will be fully grown one day and she may own that title, or it’s possible she will always be called the “Spare”. Dr. Veronica won a crown and a title on that April day in 2014. She was crowned “Ms. Inspirational United States” and I promise you that her crown was bigger and more glamorous than the other Ms. and Mrs. Queens that were also crowned that day!
My Lord and Savior died on the cross for me many years ago, and even though I didn’t know it then, when I dedicated my life to serve Him I became a Queen.
After the 2014 pageant ended, I became friends with Dr. Veronica Duncan Walters. She has made appearances during our TOUR workshops, sharing her testimony of motherhood and her path to the crown. I also came to find out she is the founder and PASTOR of a church in Largo, Florida (The ACTS Church International) and her congregation encouraged her and drilled her on her pageant entry skills! When I interviewed her for my TV show, it was just following her SECOND pageant where she won several additional titles!
How does a Pastor decide to compete in a beauty pageant? The Lord led her to it! She is a Queen in His Kingdom. Her official appearances and the doors that were opened to her allowed her to be Inspirational… to be a witness to his Love and Glory.
What makes a Queen these days? Faith, dedication, family support and in some cases – Obedience to the Voice of God
My husband, Bartee sang at the pageant last year while also serving as a judge, and this year he brought his karaoke show for the delegates to enjoy. They had a great time singing and dancing together after dinner on the night before the pageant. Bartee sang for the audience again during the pageant, it was just before the Queen was announced and I’m excited to say that pageant founder Pam Bolter invited us BOTH to return this year to serve as judges!
In 2015 the delegates came from Florida AND Georgia and there was more diversity among the ladies. There were some shorter ladies and some curvier ladies… and I didn’t feel so small standing among them. I saw some familiar faces from last year and I’m following several of them on Facebook. They are representing their platforms and fulfilling their goals with elegance. I’ve even been watching The GOOD LIFE Channel 45 in Orlando and one of the show hosts announced that she was a Florida pageant Queen over 40 years ago! WOW! Royalty! Kings and Queens among us! If we claimed our Kingdom crowns what could we accomplish in our lives? What could we accomplish for others? What kind of wives would be?
Consider this: How could men honor and love their wives if they acted like Kings and treated their wives like Queens? ROYALTY! Recording artist Mali Music sings those lyrics in his song… ROYALTY! “Lift your head, come back home… we are a chosen Priesthood of Royal people…ROYALTY”.
Thank you Jesus!
Have I ever thought about competing in a pageant? No; not since I competed with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Xi Chapter, way back in college. Have I ever dreamed about marrying into a royal family? Not really. Do I feel like I am a Queen just because I have an award-winning radio show or lead an award-winning ministry workshop?
Nope. I was BORN into royalty, just like YOU were. Our Father God is the King of ALL Kings and we are his children, so you must accept that Jesus died for your sins and “straightened” your crown! Glide into a room with your head held high! Treat others as you would like to be treated and read the scriptures to remind you of what you should already know! Check out my Facebook post from May 21, 2015:
Scripture and love surrounded me even when I didn’t appreciate the value of it!
When I graduated from high school in 1983, my yearbook proclaimed me as the
Today, God revealed to me that I am certainly His child and He put it in print, even way back then. What has God written about YOU? Think about it!
Thank you Lord!
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
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Evangelist Angie BEE
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2012 Female Radio Show Host of the Year
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2014 Ordained as an Evangelist by
Fellowship Church of Praise of Volusia County
2015 recipient of the Outstanding Ministry Leader Award
for our Moms-n-Ministry Workshop
Presented by the Professional Women of Excellence, Inc.
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Presented by Mary & Martha Ministries, Orlando
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Then I heard the Lord asking,
“Whom should I send as a messenger to this people?
Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8