PALMDALE – Pageant officials are seeking contestants for the inaugural Miss AV Latina.
The pageant is open to girls and young women, between the ages of 4 and 17, who live and attend school in the Antelope Valley, according to Pageant Director Waunette Cullors.
“It’s open to any girl who has the willingness to promote the Hispanic and Latino culture,” Cullors said.
The categories and age requirements are as follows:
- Miss AV Latina – ages 14-17
- Junior Miss AV Latina – ages 11-13
- Little Miss AV Latina – ages 6-10
- Tiny Miss AV Latina – ages 4-5
Miss AV Latina takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Chimbole Cultural Center, located at 38350 Sierra Highway in Palmdale.
“The contestants will have the opportunity to experience self-confidence, make new friends and hopefully acquire a positive memory for life,” said organizer Gloria Chavez-Hernandez.
Contestants will be judged on their grace and stage presence, interviewing skills, impromptu questions, and a speech focusing on how their culture and heritage shapes their personal identity.
“The girls will be learning a lot, not only about their culture, but about themselves,” said Junior Miss Director Marisol Chavez. “We will all learn about the music, culture, and traditions that make the Latino community [unique].”
The winners will serve as ambassadors for the Antelope Valley’s Latino community for one year, participating in parades and community events, as well as a service project.
“They’ll take part in events such as the Cesar Chavez parade in Littlerock, Cinco de Mayo, the Tamale Festival, and all other community events and programs that highlight the Latino culture in the Antelope Valley,” Cullors said.
The inaugural Miss AV Latina pageant is sponsored by Pueblo Y Salud and supported by the AV Dreamers.
How to register
For application and fee information, call Waunette Cullors at 661-202-4484, Christina Zulu at 661-860-6543 or visit AVPageant.com. The application and fee deadline is this Friday, March 7, 2014.
Pageant orientations will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 9, at the Palmdale Community House, located at 503 East Avenue Q-3 in Palmdale.