litmisprinpagcon_web.jpgMiami 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 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.