A new wave of Princes or Princesses

A very BIG Congratulations goes out to six of the sweetest women in the world!!!! Seems like there is something in that Tucson, Arizona water!!!! Watch out Mrs. America Class of 2010 !!!

Mrs. AMERICA 2010, Mrs. Louisiana America 2009, Mrs. Delaware America 2009, Mrs. West Virginia America 2009 and Mrs. Georgia America 2009 are ALL expecting little bundles of joy this Fall!

Kind of puts a damper on the “exciting” reunion we had planned for this Labor Day at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, but what could be a better reason to miss it!

Love you ladies…..Here’s to blessed and easy pregnancies.   How exciting 🙂  !!!!!!

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Pre-Pageant Festivities – Miss DC International 2010

Washington, DC – On Friday April 23, Miss District of Columbia International 2009, Amanda Lewis, will kick off the systems pre-pageant week festivities by joining Mayor Fenty at the 22nd Annual Global Youth Service Day Kick Off Ceremony/Rally to be held at the Sasha Bruce Youthwork in the city at 3:30 p.m.   The event, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, brings together thousands of District residents, organizations and government agencies to celebrate and mobilize young people who improve the community through service and service learning.   Following the Rally, Amanda and the 2010 contestants vying for the title of Miss District of Columbia International 2010, will remain at Sasha Bruce Youthwork to perform beautification and landscaping services work.  
On Saturday April 24 from 2 – 4 p.m., Fresh Boutique of Georgetown will be the host site of the official “Pre-Pageant” Party. Friends, families and guests of pageant contestants will be able to “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” on anything in the store located at at 1205 Potomac St N.W. Washington DC.  The party is open to the public and guests are encouraged to stop by and meet Miss DC International and take photographs. In addition to shopping, Queens and guests will enjoy cupcakes, sparkling cider and music.  
The week’s festivities will culminate with the 2010 District of Columbia International pageants, where a new Teen and Miss DC International will be crowned.  The pageants will take place on Saturday, May 1 at the ARC Theatre, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE.   Doors will open at 6 pm.  Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.
The Miss and Teen District of Columbia International Pageants (DCIP) are the official preliminary pageants to the Miss and Miss Teen International Pageants.  They are under is under the direction of Miss Rita Sinha, Miss District of Columbia International 2007.   Additional information regarding the pageant may be found at www.missdcinternational.com.    To schedule the new queens for appearances, please contact DCIP at director@missdcinternational.com or (202) 657-6306.  

Appearnace Management

From the youngest to the oldest, pageant queens are known the world over for their numerous APPEARANCES.  Almost anything qualifies as an “appearance” these days.  However with the competition in pageants becoming more and more fierce, titleholders are starting to pay more attention to the types of appearances they do.

Some appearances are dictated by the pageant system one is competing in.  The International system, heavily based on a personal platform, almost dictates that it’s contestants participate in appearances geared to towards their platform. (In addition to the the unwritten rule of appearances with the American Heart Association)

Some appearances are simply goodwill gestures and promote the avenue or giving back to bring a smile.

Turn for the Judges is an online magazine, where contestants and titleholders from any pageant system can send in photos of their many varied appearances in the photo gallery.  Take a look and see who you find doing what…..

Whether required or voluntary, making appearances can definitely ensure that you get the “most out of your crown” and truly enjoy your year as Miss Turkey Leg Classic!

She Matters Too !!!

Pageantry is a wonderful avenue for young women to learn about themselves.  Through pageant participation young women gain self esteem through public speaking, learn poise by presenting themselves on stage as well as learn about serving the less fortunate when performing community service.   One thing that sticks out in my mind is that most young women who participate in pageantry have a great support system already in hand and in their corner – a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, teacher, or coach.

 Yoanna House, Winner of America’s Next Top Model – cycle 2; and a parent/volunteer at a 
“She Matters Too” Conference in Owings Mills, MD

Unfortunately, not everyone has same basis of support and don’t often have the opportunity to learn that pageants can be much more than just being pretty and prancing on stage.  That’s where an event like “She Matters Too” comes in.  She Matters Too is an annual conference held in Baltimore County, Maryland and is the brain child of business partners Yolanda Sonnier and Kendall Randall-Jolivet.  During the one day conference, girls between the ages of 9 – 17 are “empowered to embrace life, pursue her dreams and fulfill her destiny”.  Attendees and their parents can participate and are educated through workshops, vendor/exhibitors, performances and a day full of networking and fun.

Young ladies participate in a workshop during the She Matters Too Conference.

This year’s conference will include a workshop on Pageantry 101 Featured as the keynote speaker will be the former Lt. Governor of Maryland, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.  An awards ceremony honoring young women who have succeeded in the areas of Academics, Athleticism, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Community Service, and overall Achievement will round out the days activities.

Adrienne Watson Carver, Mrs. Maryland International 2009, spends time
with attendees during the 2009 She Matters Too Conference following her presentation.

Pageantry may not be for everyone, however it’s important to remember that the skills needed to be successful in everyday life are the same skills required to do well in pageants.    Whether you’ve considered competing in pageantry or you are already an active competitor, try attending a conference like She Matters and expand your realm to explore the endless possibilities of your greatness.

Kemba Smith, nationally renowned motivational speaker, signs autographs for attendees at the end of the conference.