The latest win in Latina representation has been earned by an Austinite. At this year’s pageant, Austin entrepreneur Christabell Nuñez won the crown as the Mrs. Texas Plus America 2023.
The faith-based Miss America Plus Pageant has celebrated “full-figured” women and given them recognition for causes they support since its founding in 2002, according to a press release. Nuñez is the first woman of color from Austin to take home the Texas crown in the pageant’s 21-year history.
Nuñez's roots in Austin's Latino culture run deep. She was born and raised in East Austin, which is largely known for its wide Hispanic culture and communities. She said in the release that her decision to compete became clear after she noticed a lack of representation of plus-sized Hispanic women in the pageant.
“I am a fierce advocate for body positivity and normalizing mental health discussions in Latin culture, and provide mentorships and business advice for people of color-owned small businesses,” she said.
Her platform is Austin's Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, which promotes the inclusion and advancement of Hispanic women in “public, corporate and civic life.”
This year’s pageant took place in Houston, which is where the national Miss Plus America Pageant will take place in the summer. Nuñez shared her gratitude for winning the Texas pageant and her vision to represent the state in the national competition.
“While I love the gowns and glam, I am blessed to have this opportunity to make a positive impact beyond the city of Austin,” said Nuñez. “I am excited to compete at the Miss Plus America Pageant this July in Houston and showcase the diversity, strength, and beauty of plus-size Texas women and make us proud.”
The national competition will take place July 17-23. More information about the Miss Plus America Pageant can be found on missplusamerica.com.