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If you’d seen Eudora Mosby before her senior year in college, you probably never would have expected she’d become the state’s reigning beauty. Not that she wasn’t pretty; her looks just weren’t a priority.
“I was a hippie,” said Mosby, whose year as Miss Arkansas ended last month but who was remembered by enough readers to be voted Best Looking. Jeans and flip-flops were her uniform. “I didn’t start wearing make-up in college until my senior year. … I did like a 360.”
She was drawn to pageants by the scholarship money available. Once she won Miss Arkansas, she said, she always had perfect make-up, always wore accessories, had her hair styled in a beauty shop. A lot of effort, she said, but also a lot of fun.
“It’s like playing dress-up when you were a little girl,” she said.
But being judged on appearance can have its down side as well, as Mosby learned at a parade in Hot Springs during her reign. A car that was supposed to carry her at the front of the parade mysteriously became unavailable after the driver realized she was black.
Still, Mosby’s not unhappy to be known as a black Miss Arkansas.
“It does mean a lot to see someone look like you become a success,” she said. “It has been a tremendous responsibility and blessing for me to go into a predominantly black area and see the looks on the children’s faces.”