Xiaozhen You crowned as the first Miss Florida Asia
[Miami, Florida - July 31, 2007] Last Saturday, July 21, 2007, OCA – South Florida Chapter and United Chinese Association of Florida successfully co-hosted the first Miss Florida Asia Pageant at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater, drawing over 500 attendees to witness the crowning of Miss Florida Asia.
Despite two contestants having to withdraw prior to the contest due to angle injury and final exams, seven contestants competed at the first Miss Florida Asia to celebrate Asian culture with beauty. They are Marisa Moolsiri [Thailand], Hong-Thuy Nguyen [Vietnam], Ching-Ya (Julia) Ni [Taiwan], Bao-Ying (Amy) Wang [China], Yueting (Jade) Wu [China], Dongfei (Rita) Shang [China] and Xiaozhen You [China].
The categories were Miss Florida Asia, 1st Princess, 2nd Princess, and awards of Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality, Miss Talent, the best National Costume, Best Swimsuit and Best Evening Gown.
The Mistresses of Ceremony for the first Miss Florida Asia are Mee Pang and Indra Bosko. They both are outstanding professional woman and very active in the community services.
The six distinguished pageant judges were the Honorable Ricardo Allicock – Counsel General of Jamaica Consulate in Miami, Korean-American surgeon Dr. John Chang, Chinese-American family practice physician Dr. Antonio Wong, Vietnamese-American Quan Anh Cao – English professor of Palm Beach Community College, Chinese-American global financial advisor Al Yee – Vice President of OCA – Phoenix Chapter and Albert Posillico – Executive Director of Miss Latina International.
The pageant auditors were Tony Mok – CPA and Susan Xu – Taxation MBA. who assessed all scores for accuracy and legitimacy.
The Anta Hung Gar Defense & Fitness Academy kicked off the Pageant with the traditional Lion Dance. During the pageant, Lena Ung from Tampa sang three songs in Cantonese, Vietnamese and English, and Miami Temptation Tees performed three Motown hits: “Get Ready”, “I Can’t Get Next To You” and “My Girl”.
The Contestants also scored points for post-Pageant Interview (25%), National Costume (10%), Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit (15%), Talent (25%), Evening Gown (20%) and On-Stage questions (5%).
The Pageant officially began on Friday evening (July 20) when the judging panel interviewed each contestant individually to score the Post-Pageant Interview.
The contestants welcomed the audience with a modern Chinese group dance. The on-stage contest began with National Costume and Self-Introduction by each contestant. All contestants are currently attending college and/or senior high school. Thai-American Marisa Moolsiri received a volley ball scholarship and is currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida (UCF) majoring in Marketing in Orlando. Ms. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and is a senior at Florida International University (FIU) majoring in Marketing and International Business. Ms. Wang graduated with a Master Degree in Civil Engineering at FIU. Ms. Ni is senior at Palmetto Senior High. Ms. Wu is a senior at Killian Senior High. Ms. Shang is majoring in Mathematics at UCF, and Ms. You is in her second year of a Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering at FIU.
After all competitions, the results are Ms Nguyen won the best National Costume with her beautiful and elegant Vietnamese outfit, Ms. You won the Best Swimsuit & Physical Fitness, Ms. Shang is Miss Photogenic and won the best Evening Gown. Ms. Wu won Miss Talent with her outstanding traditional Chinese music performance with her Guzheng.
Ms. Nguyen, the 2nd Princess was crowned by Diana Morejon [Miss Teen Latina International]; 1st Princess Ms. Wu and was crowned by Esther Dollar [Miss Latina International US]. Ms. You won the Miss Florida Asia title and was crowned by Vivian Perez [Miss Latina International 2006].
Along with the title, the winners received scholarship prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively partially sponsored by State Farm. In addition, they received tickets to the 12 Girls Band World Tour from Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Angela Posillico, President of Miss Latina International Pageant System, offered an invitation to Miss Florida Asia to participate at its upcoming Miss Latina International Pageant in November.
“In addition to Ms. You winning the Miss Florida Asia title, all contestants are winners by participating at the pageant to develop unforgettable relationships with other Asian American women in the community and a memorable experience,” says Winnie Tang, producer of Miss Florida Asia. “The success of the first Miss Florida Asia goes to Director Johnson Ng, Stage Manager Tommy Lam, Pageant Manager Ann Yu, Artistic Director Wendy Fong, Image Director Sunny Tsai, Hairstyle Consultant Ann Luu, Contestant Coordinator Harriet Young, Logistics Manager Igor Ellis, Audio/Visual Manager Kam Wong, Photographers Bertho Boman and Gene Li, Judge Panel Coordinator April Chang, Mistresses of Ceremony Mee Pang and Indra Bosko, Auditors Susan Xu and Tony Mok, all local and out-of-town judges and all volunteers.”
“We would also like to express our gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support: State Farm, Doctors Plus Medical Center, Gaylaine Lanctot Clinques, Chinese Cultural Foundation, Fashion Village, Broward County for the Performing Arts, Dr. Stephen Vernon, LEASA Industries Co., Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami, World Printing,” continues Tang, “and NANAY for its tremendous support to provide us with a training facility at the NANAY Community Center.”
For more information about Miss Florida Asia 2008, please call 305-753-8791, email MissFloridaAsia@aol.com, or visit at http://kaibo2.com/missFLasia/.