competitionclips 2012 W ORLD U NIVERSAL P AGEANT
ﬁrst and foremost to com-
municate the love and com-
passion so many need in
their daily lives. A crown
with a purpose is not just a
crown, but it is one motto
ACROSS THE WORLD: (L-R) Newly crowned Queens Hayley Hughes, Miss WU; Peyton Mills, Teen Miss WU; Alyssa Riddle, Jr. Teen Miss World Universal exhibits.
These queens’ involve-
WU; Makenna Adkins, Jr. Ambassador; Petro van Straten, WU Good Will Ambassador; Brittany Best, Cover Girl; Beth Bradley, Grand
ment and commitment is
Ambassador; and Michelle McCollum, Lifetime Queen II.
inspiring, as they set the
he World Universal Pageant celebrated service activities and promoting the WU standard for ladies with a cause. Some
its second year as an international pag- system. Another South African, Petro van have braved their own battles with cancer,
eant promoting beauty, intelligence, com- Straten, took home a crown this year, fol- suicide, physical abuse, and bullying. They
munity service, and good will throughout lowing in the footsteps of Marinique are now spokeswomen and role models for
the world. In doing so, this year, an inter- Viljoen of Free State, South Africa, who the women of today and the future. □
national good will ambassador was named. won Ms. World Universal in 2011.
Along with this ambassador, ladies ages 13
Each year, ladies from the U.S. and
and up were chosen to represent World other countries around the world compete
Miss World Universal __________ Hayley Hughes
Universal as the 2012 queens.
in Interview, Paris/Milan Fashion Wear
Both Beth Bradley and Michelle Mc- (not to be confused with red carpet wear), Teen Miss WU__________________ Peyton Mills
Jr. Teen Miss WU ______________ Alyssa Riddle
Collum were crowned last year and were and Evening Gown. With the internation- Cover Girl ____________________ Brittany Best
eligible to receive the ambassador and/or al exposure, contestants are privileged to Jr. Ambassador _____________ Makenna Adkins
lifetime queen awards. Makenna Adkins combine cultures and make the pageant a WU Good Will Ambassador ____ Petro Van Staten
received the Jr. Ambassador award for her learning experience for a weekend.
Grand Ambassador _____________ Beth Bradley
contributions to different community
They participate in community service Lifetime Queen II __________ Michelle McCollum
T 2012 A MERICAN E LEGANCE P AGEANTS
Interview, Personal Expression,
Fashion, On-Stage Question
and Evening Gown. The reign-
ing national queens said their
ﬁnal farewells before the
awards and the crowning of a
new Elegance International.
This title is given to an outgo-
ing titleholder that had the best
overall reign as queen judged
by community service and ap-
pearances. Wilma Terry, Ms.
AMERICA THE ELEGANT: Ms. American Elegance Sophisticate Leslie
Bates, Ms. American Elegance Jade Newton, Ms. Elegance International
Elegance International 2010-
Sujoing Drakeford, Ms. American Elegance Woman Kimberly Grooms, and
11, crowned Sujoing Drakeford
Miss Teen American Elegance Isha Jog.
as the new Ms. Elegance Inter-
he American Elegance Pageant was
The contestants owned the stage in a
held at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak beautiful parade of gowns before the fol-
Brook, IL as contestants came from all lowing awards were ﬁnally announced for
over the country to compete for the titles each division: Miss Congeniality was de-
of Miss Teen American Elegance (13 to 19 clared Kandace Grooms; the Pageantry
years), Ms. American Elegance (20-35), Spirit Award was presented to Jil-Marie
Ms. American Elegance Woman (36 and Williams; The Kristen Marie Bliss Award
up) and Ms. American Elegance Sophisti- to Lavondra Ballard; Ultimate Model
cate (size 14 and up/ages 18 and up). The Award to Stephanie Sylvester; The Nedra
pageant has a division for everyone and Stewart Community Service Award to Isha
celebrated its 13th year in 2011.
Jog; the People’s Choice Award to Alexis
There are ﬁve phases of competition— Clark; the Fashion Diva Award to Felicia
PAGEANTRY Sewell; and Photogenic to Samantha Varga.
The ﬁnal crowning results revealed
Miss Teen American Elegance 2011-12
Isha Jog, Ms. American Elegance 2011-12
Jade Newton, Ms. American Elegance
Woman 2011-12 Kimberly Grooms, and
Ms. American Elegance Sophisticate
2011-12 Leslie Bates.
The Teen division runner-ups included
1st runner-up Samantha Varga, 2nd run-
ner-up Christine Gimondo, and 3rd run-
ner-up Adrianna Magnone. The Ms.
Division 1st runner-ups were Nicole
Black, 2nd runner-up Kandace Grooms,
and 3rd runner-up Dominique Collins.
The Ms. Woman Division comprised 1st
runner-up Stephanie Sylvester, 2nd run-
ner-up Stacey Coats. And the Ms. Sophis-
ticate Division embraced 1st runner-up
Cindy Ramos-Parmley and 2nd runner-up
Alexis Clark. □
2012 AMERICAN ELEGANCE
Ms. American Elegance __________Jade Newton
Miss Teen American Elegance ________Isha Jog
Ms. American Elegance Woman Kimberly Grooms
Ms. American Elegance Sophisticate __Leslie Bates
Ms. American Elegance Int’l ___Sujoing Drakeford