Nashville-based Music Manager Crowned First Ever Miss for America in Las Vegas
Nashville – Kassie Perkins, 26, of Nashville won the coveted title of Miss for America at the national pageant in Las Vegas on Aug. 23.
Perkins graduated from Tennessee Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and then went on to receive her MBA. She works as a business manager for a Nashville-based firm that works with talented musicians and artists.
A native of Morgan County, Perkins promoted her platform of childhood literacy. She is a published children’s book author, founder of the after school program The Reading Helper and works closely with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
“Since being crowned Miss for America, I have been given a greater opportunity and responsibility to work with youth and help them find the joy and importance of reading,” Perkins said. “I plan to spend each day leaving a lasting impression on those I meet and advocating for causes I care about.”
Perkins found her passion for helping children learn to read after her own family went through a difficult struggle when she was younger. Her father, an engineer who later became a teacher, struggled and overcame drug addiction. With her mom helping in his recovery, Perkins took on caring for her younger siblings and taught her sister to overcome a learning disorder that made it difficult for her sister to learn how to read.
“He has a wonderful heart, a kind smile, and is always eager to help someone,” Perkins said of her dad. “Everything changed when his addiction became bigger than he was.”
As Miss for America, Perkins will be working with the official platform for the organization Victoria’s Voice, a non-profit focused on preventing and overcoming opioid addiction after the loss of Victoria Seigel who died from an overdose.
“I’m passionate about destigmatizing addiction in recovery,” Perkins said. “I have a passion to be a voice for addicts that are reentering society after they are back on their feet, just like my dad.”
With Perkins’s crowning, the first runner up of Miss for Tennessee America will now serve as the state queen for the remainder of the year. Jasmine Pondexter competed in the state pageant as Miss Knoxville to promote her platform “Empowering women through entrepreneurship and education.” She recently formed a partnership with an organization in Nashville called Sew for Hope. Sew for Hope brings opportunity to Middle Tennessee refugees through sewing programs. During these programs, women learn marketable sewing skills and basic business principles, further develop English language skills, and receive job referrals and application assistance.
About Miss for Tennessee/Miss for America
Miss for Tennessee is the official preliminary for the Miss for America national pageant held in Las Vegas. Owned by the organizers of the Mrs. America pageant also held each year in Las Vegas, Miss for America is open to single ladies age 18 and older, including those who have children or have previously been married. The two systems promote the Victoria’s Voice Foundation to help prevent opioid addiction after the loss of Victoria Siegel who died from a drug overdose. To compete in either Mrs. Tennessee America or Miss for Tennessee America or for more information, visit mrsamericatennessee.com.