Royal International Miss continues to expand its influence and opportunities
Royal International Miss emphatically put the “International” in the fore front during the finals in pageant central, Orlando, Florida. With delegates from across the United States vying for the coveted crowns of Royal Interna-tional Miss, this year welcomed new delegates from Australia, Bahamas, Haiti, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands. Yes, these young ladies, who actually reside in the representative countries traversed the globe for the opportunity to capture a crown of Royal International Miss. And did we tell you how many crowns were available? Fourteen! Yes, these confident and poised young ladies had set their eyes and dreams upon one of the fourteen coveted crowns of Royal International Miss.
The international delegation of queens competed for the titles of Royal International Miss and/or Royal International Miss Role Model, two very distinct and coveted titles. In both competitions, the titles were awarded for Princess, Sweetheart, Pre-Teen, Junior Teen, Teen, Miss, and Ms. Seven titles, two competitions, fourteen crowns, and all the accompanying accolades and awards were up for grabs. Within the Royal International finals, the required competitions consisted of Interview (35%), Personal Introduction (15%), Fashion Wear (25%), and Evening Gown (25%). The Royal International Miss Role Model delegates competed in Interview (35%), Personal Introduction (15%), Resume/Essay (10%), Portfolio/Scrapbook (20%), and Evening Gown (25%).
And if all of that was not enough, there were a plethora of Optional Competitions to enjoy, such as Royal Top Model, Talent (on-stage or via video submission for nonstage talent presentation: a la ice skating or horseback riding, etc), Spokesmodel, Casual Wear, and Photogenic. If a delegate was extremely ambitious, she could also consider Portfolio, ational Supermodel, Academic Achievement, National Scrapbook, Volunteer Service, ational Appearance, and the Regal Excellence Award. A staple of the Royal International Miss experience is the Purple Passion optional competition, whereby the young ladies take to the stage in their favorite purple ensemble of choice. The Purple Passion optional has a passion for giving back, as the entire proceeds of the competition are given to the Royal Foundation Dream Scholarship Fund, a truly wonderful opportunity for supporting others.
It was a week, a full week, of Royal International Miss competitions. Upon arriving in Orlando, Florida, the week commenced immediately with a full day of registering the international delegates and verifying the needed and desired competitions for each one. The following day began in earnest with the completion of registration and the Top Model Competitions (“Picture Perfect” photo shoot and the runway “Catwalk”) as well as the beginning of the rehearsals for the finals production number. And after a full and busy opening to the international finals, who wouldn’t welcome another Royal International Miss staple, the Luau? Always a crowd favorite, the Luau, replete with fire twirling and Hula dancers (and lessons), was a great start to the week.
After spending the night delighting in Polynesian dreams, the next day was filled with the stage-ready optionals of Purple Passion, Casual Wear, Spokesmodel, and the Role Model Interviews. Royal International Miss is renowned for the end-of-day theme parties, and that night’s planned theme was a new addition and an immediate success. A State Fair themed celebration complete with games, popcorn, and all the accoutrements was enjoyed by all. And just like visiting any State Fair, no one was ready to leave when the lights began to dim.
Mid-week saw the optional presentations resume with the on-stage Talent competitions. Audience members were treated to overwhelmingly entertaining talents such as all styles of dance (including Polynesian dance) and Broadway vocal performances. This year, Royal International Miss added the ational or State Costume competition, which included creative and beautiful costumes from around the world. In other Royal International Miss venues, the on-stage Personal Introductions and Personal Interviews with the judges had commenced. Another day of back-to-back competitions offered another night to unwind and relax. What better way to relax than to take a time-machine back to the 70’s and the exciting world of the retro Disco Party? Amid squeals of delight and laughter, the party was full of Saturday Night Fever fueled bell bottomed pants, larger than life hair, and the thumping bass and horn filled music from the live band, Boogie Fever. Of course, the dance craze that swept the ballroom was the Hustle!
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