Local father’s daughter vies for Miss Tennessee USA title
Oct 14, 2010 | 2595 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Derwin Whaley of Cleveland said his daughter Brandy Kylisa Whaley of Nashville will be competing for the title of Miss Tennessee USA today through Sunday at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

The Miss Tennessee USA pageant is the official preliminary to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, a Donald Trump and NBC Universal joint venture.

The father of the 24-year-old children’s case manager in Nashville said he is “excited and very proud” of his daughter for accomplishing what she has in her life.

“Brandy is a good girl,” said Whaley who is planning to attend the event over the weekend. “She’s my only child. She graduated college a few years ago and she wants to go back to school to work on her master’s. So getting involved in the pageant is one way to secure a scholarship if she can place in the top three of four contestants this weekend.”

Whaley said if his daughter wins he will rent a place in Cleveland and throw a party for family and friends to celebrate his daughter’s victory. Brandy, who graduated from Oakwood College, volunteers in her Nashville community, enjoys singing, acting, swimming, bringing people together and making people laugh.

One of her goals is to inspire low-income and underprivileged youths to have confidence in themselves and pursue their dreams.

“They do not have to be victims of their environment or circumstances,” Brandy said. “With the right motivation and direction, they can do something positive with their lives.”

For further information about the Miss Tennessee USA pageant, visit www.misstennesseeusa.com.