Muy Linda !!!!!

Congratulations to Miss República Dominicana Global 2013 Marilyn Batista, and Miss T.E.E.N. República Dominicana 2013 Ana Matias, on winning their titles this past weekend.

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Newly crowned winners of the Miss República Dominicana Global and Miss T.E.E.N. República Dominicana 2013 and outgoing Republica Dominicana Global Queen. (Courtesy of http://www.tumedio.net)

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Miss República Dominicana Global 2013 and Miss T.E.E.N. República Dominicana 2013 with event producers.

The pageant, which was held in Santo Domingo, D.R., was produced by Yuliza Encarnacion, Ms. Belleza Latina International 2012 and Carlos Machuca.

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The winners will represent the Dominican Republic at the Miss Global International Pageant, which will be held in Nigeria, Africa and the Miss T.E.E.N. Pageant 2013  in Houston, Texas.

To learn more about both pageant systems, visit their websites!!

Miss Global International – http://missglobalinternational.com/html/

Miss T.E.E.N.  – http://www.teenwc.com/

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Living like a M.R.S……….

Annually, droves of married women and their families travel to the desert oasis, otherwise known as Las Vegas to compete for the one and only coveted M.R.S. crown!

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This year is no exception, and I personally can’t wait to see the outcome of this year’s contest!  It’s always blast, especially the state costumes!!!

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I will have to admit that the Mrs. United States pageants is one of my favorites. For no other reason than it was my first national Mrs. pageant.

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Me with Mrs. United States Executive Director Isabella Illacqua

It was a great experience and I met tons of friends.  That’s the beauty of pageantry, the opportunity to meet dynamic women from all over the country. Knowing that no matter how far apart you may be or how frequently (or not) you see one another, you’ll always be a part of a special “sorority”, a group that an exclusive few belong too !!  For me, it’s the Mrs. United States Class of 2005!

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Some of the Class of 2005 in state costume!!!

Take a look at some photos of the reigning and previous Mrs. United States titleholders

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Aquila Vang, Mrs. United States 2012

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Rachel Jullierat, Mrs. United States 2010

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Stephanie Hunt, Mrs. United States 2007

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Dr. Chiann Gibson, Mrs. United States 2005

Get to Know………Miss Delaware International 2013

Pageants & Pearls spent some time last week getting to know Crystal Rush, Miss Delaware International 2013 through a Q & A session…. a pretty amazing lady if we do say so ourselves.  Don’t believe me, read for yourself!

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Q) What has been the most exciting thing that you’ve done as Miss Delaware so far?

A) “I have done so many exciting things. Every day I am blessed with new opportunities. I would say starting a chapter at my university is the most powerful thing I’ve done so far. It’s been exciting to get involved with my peers and constantly educate the public. Through the chapter I was able to organize a walk that raised money for Autism research.  I have also devoted my thesis to Autism research, so it’s been great digging through journals and articles to expand my work with Autism advocacy.”
Q) Who has been the most memorable person you’ve met so far and why?
A) Again, I meet so many wonderful and memorable people. It’s hard to list just one. At the Annual Autism Delaware Auction for Autism, I met a young man with Autism who got up and performed a country song. I spoke with him before he went on and he was nervous but ready to show everyone a different side of him. Half way through the song, he had the entire audience up on their feet cheering and singing along. I don’t think the actual singer could have topped his performance.
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Q) What do you plan to do with your degree?
A) I plan to continue working in the public service sector. I want to utilize my skills and talents to better the community and change lives.
Q) What is your favorite memory with your niece?
A) My nieces are my biggest joy! Just last weekend we went for ice cream and she had me and my other niece, Kiara,  laughing until we cried with her “funny faces” she likes to do.  The most exciting memory we share is when we were recently in a local parade. It was a great experience sitting on the tailgate together and waving to the crowd. After I enjoyed telling everyone about Skye and her story and just sharing that moment with her was something I will never forget.
Q) Is there an organization that you would like to work with (that you haven’t already)?  Why?
A) I have tied myself to the local organizations in Delaware, but I am looking to expand my advocacy on a national level. 
Q) What are you most looking forward to at the International pageant?
A) Meeting the other girls and sharing my platform. Since I won Miss Delaware International, my favorite part has been sharing my story. I absolutely love having the chance to tell everyone what my platform is and why I am so passionate about it.
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SPEED ROUND – FAVORITES……..We gave Crystal a category and she had to say the first thing that came to mind!!!!!
1) Color – Green or Blue. My favorite color changes all the time. I can’t help it! 🙂
2) Food – Pizza (can’t live without it!)
3) Dessert – My grandma’s Angel Food cake. This was my grandfather’s favorite and is mine, too!
4) Subject in school – Psychology
5) Celebrity – Jenny McCarthy. First, I love how funny and real she is. Secondly, I love that her son is on the spectrum and she uses her celebrity status to raise money and awareness. I have her books. She is awesome! Go Jenny!! 🙂
6) Season – Fall, I love the rich colors that come out in the fall and hot apple cider on crisp autumn nights.
7) Clothing item – Dresses, nothing is easier or cuter than a pretty sundress and wedges.
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Good luck at International this summer Crystal!
To book Crystal for an appearance, please contact pageants@madisondonovangroup.com