On July 20, 2013 in Crystal City, Virginia, Tara Bigbie, Ms. Alabama Essence 2013 captured the title of Ms. Essence 2013! This is Tara’s first national title and her first time competing in the Essence system.

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Tara began her career in the Air Force where she enlisted in 2002. During her active duty career, she served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. While she never deployed, her role as an All Source Intelligence Analyst was detrimental to the war fighter down range.  In 2006, she began serving at the 117th Intelligence Squadron Air National Guard base out of Birmingham Alabama as an Imagery Analyst.  This career change opened numerous opportunities for her in the Department of Defense as a contractor. Tara separated from the Air Force in 2012 and currently works as a Geospatial Analyst for Mission Essential. “I have the best job ever! I am in the business of statistical and predictive analysis. My job saves lives through the merging of statistical data and geographical information to predict where the bad guys are going to be”.  Tara is continuing her education through ITT Tech with a degree in Business focusing in Program Management. She hopes her military background and professional career will allow her to eventually become an Ambassador to the United Nations. 

Tara started in pageantry at the age of 15 with the Miss Teen United States pageant system. While she did not place at her state pageant, she caught the “pageant bug” and began to work towards winning a title. Tara attended Bradshaw High School in Florence Alabama where she was recognized as an NCA cheerleader, on the track team, the drama team, and recognized in Who’s Who Amongst America’s High school students. She graduated with honors receiving an academic scholarship. After high school, she attended the University of Alabama where she was majoring in Computer Information Systems. After 9/11, she got the urge to enlist in the Air Force and put her degree on hold to serve her country.   During the Essence Pageant in 2013, Tara’s focus remained on her core values she gained from the Air Force; Integrity First, Service before Self, and excellence in all you do. These values were key to her success as she won best in fitness, best interview, and best evening gown, and of course the Ms. Essence national title.
Tara’s platform is mentoring young mothers who are survivors of domestic violence. As a survivor herself, her goal is to reach out to the community and help young mothers get their life back on track. She wants these women to know that it is never too late to start college, begin a career, or help others cope. Tara began with this platform in 2007, when she was an elected county official to the Parents Committee at Handy Head Start in Florence Alabama. 
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 Tara Bigbie, Ms. Essence 2013, for an appearance please visit or email .

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