Aisha Manus hasn’t competed in many beauty pageants in her life. But after just two pageants, she’s already been crowned Mrs. Georgia and has a shot to be named Mrs. United States.

After winning the Miss Hocus Pocus pageant in Hawkinsville, Ga. last year, Manus decided to step up in the pageant world by entering the Mrs. Georgia pageant. The Mrs. United States pageants are organized by the same organization that presents the pageant depicted in the film “Miss Congeniality” starring Sandra Bullock and is open to married women ages 21 and older.

“It’s a really great system of pageants,” she said.

In addition to a larger title, Mrs. Georgia gives Manus the ability to have a larger platform for a cause close to her heart – helping women in need to get access to healthy, money-saving menstrual products. She is a volunteer sewist for Cloth Connection Outreach Charity where she helps to make free reusable menstrual kitsto help women save money in the long run and is better for the environment, she said.

“People think beauty queens are airheads and they’re just up there wanting world peace but all they want to do is make a difference,” she said. “They’re all so strong and powerful, and I love being a part of that.”

Though serving as Mrs. Georgia, Manus is originally from California where she lived until she joined the Air Force at 17 and served for four years. She is currently a full-time graduate student at American Military University with a major in U.S. History and holds a 3.85 GPA.

Manus also works as a community representative for Ayusa, a nonprofit that places foreign exchange students. She has been married seven years to Cameron James, who served in the Air Force as well. They also have a 4-year-old daughter who has an extremely rare chromosomal syndrome, 2q37 deletion syndrome.

To juggle all of her responsibilities and her new title, Manus said she heavily relies on her color-coordinated calendar.

“I’d be totally lost without my calendar,” she said.

The Mrs. United States pageant is scheduled for Oct. 11-15 and like the state qualifying pageants, will be held virtually. To follow Manus on her quest for the crown, visit her Instagram page – @mrsgeorgiaunitedstates2020.

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