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Three-year-old Zai’Breelyn Thomas will represent South Louisiana in the Baby Miss America National Pageant in New Orleans on March 20-22. 


Children from across the country will participate for the title of 2020 Baby Miss America National at the event. They will be judged on “natural beauty, personality, smile and attire.” The theme for this year’s event is “Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Moms.” 


The Houma native was recently crowned Baby Miss America World USA 2019, which qualified her for the Baby Miss World International Pageant in Orlando this summer. 


“My daughter Zai’Breelyn has been participating in Baby Miss America pageants now since she was one and could walk,” said Stephanie Thomas. “She is a sweet, amazing little girl. She has all the energy in the world, and loves her trophies.” 


Stephanie said Zai’Breelyn has 17 trophies now, but just received her first title for Baby Miss America. 


“This pageant means the world to us. I kept my faith strong, never gave up and kept a positive attitude through all this,” Thomas said. “I knew one day she would earn her title for Baby Miss America. After four pageants, she finally got her blessing.” 


Zai’Breelyn will also participate in the Baby Miss America’s “Project Grandma,” during which Baby Miss America winners from across the country will be visiting nursing homes and assisted living centers in hopes to “bring a little sunshine” to those facilities. 


The Baby Miss America National Pageant, which is open to children ranging in age from 6 months to seven years old, is a “100% percent natural competition,” according to a press release by the organization, with rules including: no use of makeup, fake teeth, spray tan, hair pieces, and “go-go juice”, among other banned items. There is also “no modeling” at the competitions. 


Locations of events are not publicized for the children’s safety, according to the release, they are not open to the public as well. 


“We have an awesome pageant director who knows what she’s doing, and most importantly, loves what she does,” Thomas said. “We have our fingers crossed for nationals in March, but whatever the outcome, I’m absolutely satisfied. My daughter has fun, and that is what it is all about.”