BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Shailyn Croom, from New Orleans, is the new Miss Plus America after winning the national pageant in Houston, Texas.

Croom is using her platform, EntreprenHER, to empower women at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey and empower female entrepreneurship. She has spoken to aspiring businesswomen about her entrepreneurial journey and encourages others to develop their own place in the world if they don’t feel they fit in. With her unwavering dedication and infectious energy, Croom is a true inspiration to women everywhere.

Croom said her business journey was heavily influenced by her upbringing in New Orleans, where she was exposed to a rich culture of creativity. She said her grandmother worked from home as a seamstress and instilled in her the value of pursuing work that one truly loves.

Croom has successfully established several ventures across various industries, including fashion, event coordination, digital design and marketing. Among her many business ventures, Seaux & Seaux The Curvy Boutique holds a special place in Croom’s heart as it caters to plus-sized women and reflects her colorful and daring personal style.

Her impact on the plus-size retail industry has been significant, and she has also gained recognition as a social media influencer.