Jaimee Dorris takes her title of Mrs. Congeniality seriously. She wants everyone to know all are welcome on the Coast and she has posted a video on social media to promote the idea.
Dorris, reigning Mrs. Congeniality of Mrs. Mississippi America Pageant and owner of Jaimee Designs Web Studio in Bay St. Louis, also is a blogger who has been promoting the Coast through her Day Trippin' videos.
She said when HB 1523 was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant last week, she really wanted to make a statement that the sentiment behind the bill did not necessarily resonate on the Coast.
"My team and I put out South Mississippi promotional videos anyway," she said. "I didn't want to be political, I wanted to be a cheerleader for the Coast."
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The video, which she calls a parody of Flo Rida's "My House," was shot, edited and posted in 72 hours, going up April 11 on Facebook. She said she and her partner, Arturo Barajas, collaborated on it.
"It's gotten a lot of publicity so far," she said. "Some has been good, some not so good.
"But it's kind of hard to take the message that everybody's welcome on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and make it negative."