Mrs. Wauneen Rucker who holds Mrs. Missouri America 2020 title at Forest Park Pavilion wearing hat inspired by the 1904 World's Fair. The hat was made by the famous St. Louis hat maker Dianne Isbell.

Wauneen Rucker, Crowned Mrs. Missouri 2020 going to Mrs. America 2021 in Las Vegas

Mrs. Wauneen Rucker was crowned Mrs. Missouri in 2020 and now she is getting ready to compete in the Mrs. America 2021 in Las Vegas. She had a photoshoot at the 1904 Pavilion at Forest Park and the weather couldn’t have been any better.

She was there with her husband, LaVance Rucker, and Dianne Isbell, one of best hat makers nation wide. Dianne was there making sure everything Wauneen was wearing was picture perfect from head to toe. The beautiful white dress was made by Shan Keith Oliver, a fashion designer based in St. Louis.

It was windy and the hat never even tried to fly off Wauneen’s head. The wind was so strong that day it blew my lighting over but the hat was steadfast in the wind and actually made the hat come alive while the feathers swayed back and forth in unison.

Wauneen’s theme is the 1904 Worlds Fair. She even downloaded the movie classic My Fair Lady so she could get a feel with the fashion trends and what is was like back in 1904, the year the World’s Fair was held in St. Louis.

To support Mrs. Missouri America 2020 in the People’s Choice portion of the competition, votes can be placed by going to:

Mrs. Missouri competes for Mrs. America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2021 Mrs. Missouri competes for Mrs. America

Mrs. Wauneen Rucker who was crowned Mrs. Missouri America 2020 on September 20, 2020 at The Bucknell Family Center For The Arts, in Pittsburg, KS will represent Missouri and compete for the National title of Mrs.
America on March 19-27, 2021, at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Wauneen, who competed as Mrs. St. Louis, graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice. She then attended Webster University, attaining a M.A. degree in Management. She also matriculated through St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Campus, attaining an A.A.S. degree in Baking & Pastry Arts. More impressively, Wauneen is a former St. Louis City Police Officer and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. She currently is a practicing Licensed Minister and a stay at home Mom and wife.

Wauneen made history when she was crowned Mrs. Missouri America 2020. In the now 46 years of existence, Mrs. Missouri America Pageant has had only two African American winners. The first was Brandi Palacios (2018) and now Wauneen. The history making is that aside from being the second African American to win this coveted title, Wauneen is the first woman of any ethnicity to win the title over the age of 50.

She believes that her age is simply a number. She plans to promote her platform/charity of choice “The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank” by helping to strengthen low-to no income families by ensuring access to an adequate supply of diapers and by raising awareness about the causes and consequences of diaper needs in our communities. Within these organizations a recent addition to the core mission was born.

The St. Louis Alliance For Period Supplies Initiative, raises awareness regarding the thousands of individuals living in impoverished areas who miss out on daily life because they lack access to period products.

Fair ensemble:
Hat: Dianne Isbell, HATS by DI-Anne
Dress: Shan Keith Oliver
Hair & Makeup: Wauneen Rucker
Photographer: Craig Currie
Location: Forest Park, St. Louis, MO. – original site of 1904 World’s Fair
Wauneen is married to LaVance Rucker and they have two sons Fred Fuller (age 34) and Elisha Rucker (age 16).

The Mrs. Missouri America Pageant publicly recognizes accomplished, driven & beautiful married women, living within the state, who have obtained personal, professional, and community achievements.

The Mrs. Missouri America Pageant is the official State preliminary pageant to the Mrs. America and the Mrs. World pageants.

For media inquiries or to request an interview with Wauneen Rucker, Mrs. Missouri America 2020, please send an email to: or call (314)266-9403.

To support Mrs. Missouri America 2020 in the People’s Choice portion of the competition, votes can be placed by going to:

Each vote cost $2.50. All proceeds will be donated to the charity “Victoria’s Voice.” Supporters may vote as many times as he/she wants and can vote every day until midnight on March 19th, 2021 EST.

The winner of this component automatically advances to the Top 15, to compete for the Crown
and Title of “Mrs. America – 2021.”