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KHIA MOON SMITH
National Director - Mrs USA Earth
Owner - Crown Life Productions
Based in Virginia Beach, Khia Moon Smith is an accomplished pageant director, judge, coach, and competitor. She competed for three years at the Ms. United States pageant and placed top five in multiple circuits including Teen All American and American Coed. As a director and coach, her delegates have won state and national titles. When Laura Clark took over directorship of the Miss Earth USA franchise in 2015, Khia joined the team as stage/production staff for two years--later transitioning to a state director from 2017 to 2019, where her titleholders successfully placed as finalists each year, including one national winner. She joined the Executive Team as the Regional Directors Coordinator in 2019 and was later promoted to Director of Operations in 2021.
In 2015, she exited a successful career in corporate America spanning 15yrs and entered the world of entrepreneurship--launching her brand, K. Cimóne— an exclusive, earth-friendly accessory brand for men and women. In the same year, she also launched Style Syndicated--a boutique styling, design, and production consulting conglomerate. In 2020, during the recent pandemic and out of a need for additional support for families dealing with the transition of their children to a homeschooling environment, Khia founded The Homeschool Alliance--a 501(c)(3) organization providing families with support in developing their homeschool curriculum and structure, as well as resources and events to enhance their student's homeschool education experience.
Khia has served on the Executive Council of the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals and was recognized as a Distinguished Young Professional. She has served as a member of and financial donor to the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Women’s Leadership Council, and the National Association of Professional Women. In 2021, Khia was named a Top 40 Under 40 honoree by Inside Business Magazine (Hampton Roads). She was also recognized by ACHI Magazine as the 2021 Orator of the Year, in addition to her nominations for Nonprofit Executive of the Year and Woman on the Rise, and in 2022 was nominated again by ACHI Magazine for Woman on the Rise, Woman of Achievement, and Author of the Year - for her work "High Tea: Something Like A Memoir."
In her free time, Khia enjoys spending as much time with her three children (Leila/19, Micah /16, and Mason/3) as possible, as well as cooking, meditating by the ocean, and of course cashing in on much-needed naps!
A Midwest transplant, formerly of North Dakota and now of North Carolina, Jennifer Toso-Kenna has spent over 15 years in the pageant and modeling industries. She has held several local, state, and national pageant titles and was first runner up in the 2019 Mrs. Eco International pageant. She modeled in both print and runway as well. In addition, Jennifer has judged numerous pageants, was a state director for six years, and has even been a pageant mom! In 2019, Jennifer used her knowledge of the industry to take on the role of Delegate Coordinator for the Mrs USA Earth pageant.
Despite retiring from competing, Jennifer continues to be passionate about the environment, promoting her platform "What can one person do," which encourages others to take positive steps toward taking care of Mother Earth, no matter how small those steps seem. One person cannot do everything, but everyone can do something to restore Earth's beauty and natural resources.
Outside of the pageant industry, Jennifer is a high school counselor full time, and a part time group fitness instructor. She strives to empower others and has a genuine desire to see them succeed. She and her husband have even volunteered their time to coach youth recreational softball. She lives with her husband Don of nearly 20 years, their two children Harlee (13) and Kaelen (12), two cats, and the love of all their lives, their one-year-old Golden Retriever, Butters