Vera Wright never expected to compete in a pageant.
But then she met some of the women involved with the Ms. North Carolina Senior America pageant, and she was impressed by their accomplishments and talents.
“I wouldn’t mind being a part of a group of women who have stepped out and have done so much,” Wright said.
She decided to give it a try.
Now she’s busy perfecting a speech on her life philosophy, trying on gowns and rehearsing the medley of patriotic numbers she’ll sing when she takes the stage on Saturday in Pinehurst to compete for the title.
The winner goes on to a national contest.
Wright, who turns 66 this month, said that one of the major draws of the pageant is that it gives a platform to women over 60, who too often are ignored in society. The pageant celebrates their accomplishments and what they have to offer.
“I think it’s important to understand that people over 60 have so much intelligence and experience,” said Wright, who is president of Legal Placement Specialists Inc., a company she started in 1993.
Wright grew up on a tobacco farm in Johnston County and moved to Raleigh as a young woman. Family life and her career in legal services kept her on the move, but a few years ago, she returned to Raleigh to be closer to her family.
One of her major goals is to be a source of advice and inspiration for her own children and grandchildren, as well as young people interested in starting a business or pursuing a career in law.
No matter what happens at the pageant, Wright said she’s glad she signed up.
“It has been a lot of fun,” she said.