Miami Gardens — The search is on for contestants in The Embrace Girls Foundation’s 3rd Annual Little Miss Princess Pageant, a benefit for the Miami Gardens, Fl.-based mentoring program celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary.
The program has garnered international recognition for the success of its All Girl All Power! After School Academy that offers academic, life and character educational training and skills to elementary age girls.
For the Holiday Pageant Extravaganza, the organization has partnered with Simone’s Just Dance Performing Arts Dance Studio showcasing an outstanding dance troupe, holiday music and featuring girls ages four to 14 from across South Florida competing in three age appropriate categories for the title of Little Miss Princess, 2012.
Contestants will be judged on their interview skills, poise and a special optional category is also available in the areas of Best Talent and Best Photo. Organizers say the event is more than a pageant, offering empowering social skills and unprecedented exposure to cultural experiences and places that young girls don't ordinarily have.
“My daughter has been competing in pageants throughout Florida since she was four years old and by far, this pageant is the best organized and worth the investment” says Denise Pelaez, mother of seven-year-old Alyssa Pelaez, reigning Princess in the Daisy Category. “The empowerment and
self-confidence she gained and the friends she's made along the way will last a lifetime. It's not just a pageant, it's an experience every little girl should be so lucky to be a part of.”
The sentiment was echoed by Theresa Ferguson, parent of the reigning Princesses in the Lily and Sunflower Categories, Dahlia and Camelia Miles. “It was also a great opportunity to bond with my daughters and to help them reach their potential in the areas of modeling and
signing — but there were so many priceless experiences it's hard to name just one.
“I am forever grateful because Embrace Girls Foundation has put a solid foundation in place for my daughters and it is because of this foundation that they have stepped up to a higher plateau with their confidence and character in society,” added Ferguson.
The 3rd Annual Little Miss Princess Pageant is slated for December and will be hosted by Tamara G., radio personality with 97.3 The Coast's “Those 2 Girls In The Morning.”
For entry information or to learn more about The Embrace Girls Foundation After-School Academies visit embracegirlpower.org or call 877-466-4769.
Photo: Skill and character: Little Miss Princess Pageant contestants take a break from dance rehearsal at Simone's Just Dance Performing Arts Studio in Miami Gardens: (L-R back row) Sheniya Brown, Ariyanna Pennywell; (front row) Kenyari Alexander and Mariah Riley.