By Lynn Ponder: Starting this new year, I am giving back to the Miami community through the opportunity to participate as a judge in the Miss Carnaval Miami 2013. I feel that by getting involved with community activities, I can contribute and help spread their message about social good through webcitygirls social media platform.
Miss Carnaval Miami is an event organized by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, a non-for-profit organization which has been serving the children, elderly and less fortunate residents of Miami since the club was first formed on September 16, 1975. Judging responsibilities have to be up to par with a track record of over 30 years of selecting intelligent, self-confident and articulate young ladies to represent the culture and beauty of Hispanic women.
The Miss Carnaval Miami pageant marks the Official Kick-Off for Carnaval Miami. Elegance, beauty, and poise are on display as South Florida’s brightest, most beautiful and talented young Hispanic women compete for the coveted title. Miss Carnaval Miami represents the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana for an entire year and serves as a role model and goodwill ambassador for its community youth programs.
Past winners have moved on to rewarding careers, many of which are current television personalities, attorneys, dentists, and in public relations; they credit their success to the Miss Carnaval Miami experience. This is a unique opportunity for young ladies between the ages of 16 and 25 to participate before a panel of judges that review on the basis of personality, career goals and poise. Winners receive scholarships, airline tickets, and other valuable prizes such as entry to the Miss Florida pageant for the Queen. Miss Carnaval Miami 2012 is a beautiful young lady who is an actress and model Melissa Ramirez.
During the Carnaval Miami events, the Queen and her court become ambassadors of the club, often appearing on radio and television shows to promote the events. More importantly, during the competition the contestants learn vital tools that prepare them for real life scenarios, such as public speaking, job interview skills and professional networking. Contestants build the self confidence they need to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves. The contest encourages all women to reach for their dreams.
Love all the positive this pageant has to offer and can hardly wait till Monday, January 28 to meet the lovely contestants. I get to ask them questions about their education, background, career, personal goals, involvement in the community, health, fitness and dreams! I am honored to be a part of helping our younger generation shine! Looking forward to an amazing experience with 2013 judges: The beautiful Damaris Aguiar – Miss Carnaval Miami 2011, Armando Aran, Executive from The Coca-Cola Company, Arthur Costa, Executive with BB&T, Pablo Herde, Plastic Surgeon & Body Aesthetic and the lovely Adriana Cataño, TV Host/Actress.
The competition is geared towards educated, professional aspiring bilingual young women who will represent the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana during their largest fund-raiser of the year. Education is the main objective building up to the final competition.
Did you know that first ever Miss Carnaval Miami in 1982 was Laura Fabian who had an acting role in the motion picture The Alamo. Karent Sierra currently stars in Reality Show Housewives of Miami, Idalmis Vidal, formerly was a Telemundo anchor now model and actress. Myrka Dellanos was part of the court in 1984. Lissette Gonzalez is the weather girl on CBS4. Sandra Peebles is a Univision news anchor and was a finalist in the 80’s. Nathalie Pozo also became a reporter.
The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana’s vision is to form future leaders and productive citizens through education; leading the way to a brighter tomorrow by assisting the financially underserved Hispanic children and youth of Miami Dade County with their educational and recreational needs.