Over 375 international, state, and regional titleholders ventured to Orlando, Florida, in celebration of the ten-year diamond anniversary of the international finals of Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Model. At the conclusion of an exciting week filled with competitions and parties, fourteen queens would be crowned on the diamond anniversary stage and join the Royal International Miss sisterhood.
A Royal Arrival
As the Glamour Lifestyle Industry roared back to the stage and with optional social distancing protocols in place, the diamond celebration jubilee began with the arrival of the Royal International Miss delegates, families and supporters. First on the agenda would be registration, then initial rehearsals for the divisions of Princess, Sweetheart, Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss, and Ms. of Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Model.
Celebrating 10 Years of Royalty
The first day of any international world-class event is hectic as everyone discerns their individual competition schedule and learns the geography of the venue, but in true Royal International Miss fashion, the first gala of the week started with the Queen’s Reception Birthday Celebration in honor of the ten-year anniversary event. Then, a quick trek to the ballroom for Talent run-throughs for many of the delegates.
For those celebrating the diamond anniversary, Royal International Miss has both required and optional competitions for the illustrious titles and awards. Required competitions are Interview/Introduction, Fashion Wear, and Evening Gown. Optional competitions may consist of Royal Top Model, Purple Passion, Talent, Casual Wear, Photogenic, State Wear, Fitness, and many more, providing delegates the ultimate opportunity to showcase their versatility, passions and community service to others.
Competitions began in earnest bright and early the next morning with varying divisions clamoring to the stage for Rehearsal, Role Model Interviews, Royal Top Model Photoshoot, Casual Wear, Spokesmodel, Purple Passion presentations, (a Royal International Miss exclusive whereby delegates model an ensemble of their choice in the color purple), State Wear, and several of the Optional Competitions. At the end of the day, it was time to relieve any stress and experience the Royal Carnival Party!
With the week progressing, another action-packed day arrived with many of the aforementioned competitions, as well as the required initial introduction to the judges during the Interview and Personal Introduction phases of Royal International Miss. Additionally, it was a day for many to showcase their artistic expression through Talent. With numerous delegates in attendance, the accompanying ballrooms were in full use for the required and optional phases of competition. Then everyone enjoyed a restful night visiting with family and newfound sisters.
Royal Role Models
Mid-week was upon the Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Model international event. The day was filled with both required and optional presentations, depending on the delegate’s age division. Mid-week was also the final time for Personal Introductions and Judge’s Interview. The difficult decision of narrowing the record number of Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Model contestants was in the unenviable hands of the judges. Then a favorite wind-down celebration was experienced by all in attendance during the Royal Sock Hop Party, replete with poodle skirts, bobby socks, ice cream, party favors and an always exhilarating 50s vibe.
A Night of Hope
First and foremost, the Royal International Miss Organization is recognized as a scholarship and community service oriented system. Although the competitions continued throughout the following day, everyone was aware of the final event of the evening, The Night of Hope Fundraiser. In giving back to others, up to two outfits of choice may be modeled by delegates, with all proceeds donated to this year’s organization, The Special Olympics.
The final day of Royal International Miss competition week arrived, and the dreams of fourteen Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Models began to become a reality. The day was filled with the final exquisite Evening Gown presentations and then the outcome was firmly in the hands of the judges. What’s the best way to steady the nerves and anxieties of an international delegation? The answer was twofold.
The glamorous evening began with the Royal International Miss “Purple Carpet”walk. In a surprise, the titleholders were met on the purple carpet by special guests: Miss Teen USA 2018 Hailey Colborn, footwear designer Mark DeFang, and Pageantry magazine CEO Carl Dunn. Then the finale, the “A Night at the Royal Oscars Awards Dinner and Party” with the stage bookended by enormous Oscar statuettes. It was a night of celebration for the week’s accomplishments and achievements.
Crowning Day for Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Model is one of surprise, spectacle, and glamour. Throughout the day, several final presentations were live streamed for the showcased division. It was a full day of dream realizations and excitement as the international queens took their places center stage. Amidst the celebration, Pageantry magazine CEO Carl Dunn was welcomed to the stage for a very poignant Pageantry Spirit Award presentation.
For unwavering devotion to the Glamour Lifestyle Industry and to the Royal International Miss Organization, Colby Bannister was welcomed to the stage, surrounded by thunderous applause and wholehearted agreement. At the end of the evening, Mr. Bannister was again brought to the stage to accept the check from the Night of Hope fundraiser on behalf of the Special Olympics in the amount of $1,500.00!
With the crescendo of applause filling the venue, the 2021 Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Model queens were recognized center stage. Royal International Miss Role Model court: Princess Annalisa Baronie, Sweetheart Kayla Hedden, Pre-Teen Anabel Flores, Jr. Teen Deante Swart, Teen Ryleigh Morgan Greene, Miss Camden Morris, and Ms. Maria Giorlando. Then the coveted titles of Royal International Miss International queens basked center stage: Princess Jeaneigh Borghesi, Sweetheart Roxanne Tandal, Pre-Teen Adyson Kaufman, Jr. Teen Ronia Brown, Teen Alyssa Miles, Miss Logen Livingston, and Ms. Sarah Yarbrough. A whirlwind of Royal International Miss travel and excitement awaits each of these deserving titleholders. To start their reigns off right, the following morning after crowning, the first official photoshoot was held in their honor.
A decade ago, the Royal International Miss pageant was a dream. From the earliest beginnings of a diamond in the rough to now, Royal International Miss has become a purple, shining diamond while celebrating its ten-year Diamond Anniversary.