On July 20, 2013, in Crystal City, Virginia, Elesia Summers-Thomas, Miss Maryland Essence 2013 captured the title of Miss Essence 2013! This is Elesia’s first national title after many years of competing in pageants.

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Elesia is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in electronic media and journalism. She then received her Master’s degree in Agriculture Education in 2011. Elesia is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in public policy in addition to working fulltime.  She is a marketing specialist for the United States Post Office and a professional cheerleader for the NFL. Elesia hopes to one day work in the agriculture marketing industry.
Elesia started in pageantry in high school and then continued to compete in college where she held titles and placed high among contestants. She competed as Miss Maryland Essence and captured the title of Miss Essence 2013!  Elesia won several awards, including swimwear, evening gown, achievement, and of course the Miss Essence national title. 

Elesia’s platform is the CAPE program, Child Abuse Prevention Effort. This message encourages advocacy for child abuse awareness. She is also dedicated to eliminating bullying in schools, encouraging high self-esteem among young girls, and raising breast cancer awareness. Elesia is dedicated to working hard during her reign and hopes to inspire other young people to do the same.
The Essence Pageant® system signifies the “Essence” of Today’s Modern Woman, striving to be the most stylish, diverse, trend setting pageant around the country. Women from all over the U.S. came to compete in five different divisions: Teen, Miss, Mrs., Ms., and Ms. Classic.  There was also an optional Talent competition.  Contestants competed in Interview, Swimsuit/Fitness Wear and Evening Gown.  For more information on The National Essence Pageant and how to book Elesia Summers-Thomas, Miss Essence 2013, for an appearance please visit or email Elesia at

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