Donning masks of bling, Royal International Miss practiced safe pageantry while celebrating their 9th Anniversary
Royal International Miss and its international contingency graced the stage in Orlando, Florida in true pageantry style. In the unprecedented year that has been 2020, Royal International Miss was one of the first international pageants to hold an on-stage competition since the glamour lifestyle industry went on hiatus in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By week’s end, the industry would have a newly crowned Royal International Miss Princess, Sweetheart, Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen, Teen, Miss, and Ms. Royal Court.
Pageantry magazine had the honor of attending many of the events leading up to the national and international crownings. Royal International Miss did not disappoint in the extravagant staging they are renowned for, nor in the dictates of today’s social distancing guidelines. Being one of the first to produce a live event. the staff took extra precautions to ensure all in attendance would experience a professional, glamorous, and safe event. Delegates who were fortunately able to travel to the international finals wore their best bling mask during rehearsals and throughout the venue. The family members, supporters, and friends were socially distanced, and everyone followed the protocols that were established by director Sharon Nordquist and her health-conscious staff members.
A Royal Event
Royal International Miss week, where the national and international representatives would be competing for titles in both the Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role Model competitions, kicked off with the prerequisite pageant registration, rehearsal and orientation, followed by the annual Queen’s Reception Luau. It was time for renewing friendships and acquaintances, making newfound friends from across the globe, and discussing the year that has been 2020.
Titans of Talent
The first true day of competitions began with the Talent Run Through, Role Model Interview, Royal Top Model Photo Shoot, Rehearsals (with masks), and the Royal Top Model Stage presentations. Also, exclusively to Royal International Miss, the Purple Passion Competition with the delegates competing in a purple ensemble of their choice, in support of the Royal Dream Foundation Scholarship Fund, and State Wear competitions showcasing sports teams or recognizable state mascots brought the busy and action-packed day to a close. However, the day would not be complete without a true Royal International Miss “relieve the stress” party, beginning with the Hoedown at the Royal Coral Party. Dressed in western finery, it was a time to “yee-haw” and put their best boots forward in “two-steppin’” and country line-dancing fashion.
The Comptetion Continues
Day two was another full day of competitions such as Personal Introduction, Interviews for both Royal International Miss and Royal International Miss Role model, Casual Wear On-Stage Competition, Fitness Wear, Spokesmodel, and the entertaining Talent Competitions. It was a full Royal International Miss day and the night provided both the opportunity to visit with family and friends and a chance to catch up on rest.
The halfway moment of the week’s festivities arrived and provided more competitions of Personal Introduction, Interview, and of course, Rehearsals. Masks were seen aplenty. The speaking forms of any competition can be stressful, especially when competing in, producing, or judging so many within one day. How would Royal International Miss relax at the end of the day? By hosting the Royal Treasures Under the Sea Dinner and Party! Plenty of mermaids (including a live mermaid), dancers, jugglers, SpongeBob SquarePants, and seafaring memorabilia for all set against an underwater theme.
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