The Miss Florida USA & Miss Florida Teen USA

 Magazine of October 23, 2008






Welcome to another edition of YOUR Miss Florida USA & Miss Florida Teen USA Magazine. YOUR information source for everything pageantry in the Sunshine State. What a great start to our 2010 “Road to Hollywood” we had this past weekend in Plant City. The delegates were beautiful and the audience was large and enthusiastic. This weekend we have a doubleheader as we make stops in Jacksonville and Miami as it’s River City and Miami Tropic weekend. Get out this weekend and support our great delegates and hard working directors!


This weeks World Pageant News sees us staying up late to get you the latest results and pictures from Miss Puerto Rico Universe held last night. Miss Florida USA News has all you need to know about this weekend’s pageants. We also have results from Plant City and the announcement of Miss Delray Beach USA & Teen USA. GenArt keeps us hip at LA Fashion Week while Faces & Places is in the audience in Plant City and at Wednesday nights Miss Miami Tropic rehearsal. Finally our Channel Movie of the Week takes us backstage to the Miss Florida Teen USA Preliminary Night Pageant. All the pageant news that fits to print on Thursdays and Fridays only at YOUR Miss Florida USA Ezine, the only Ezine in the pageant world!



Grant H. Gravitt, Jr.

Executive Producer

Miss Florida USA & Teen



» 2 Days until Miss River City USA & Teen USA 2010!

» 3 Days until Miss Miami Tropic




Late Wednesday night Mayra Matos won the title of Miss Puerto Rico Universo 2009 in a nationally televised event broadcast on the Telemundo Network. Ms. Matos, the representative contestant of the coastal town of Cabo Rojo, will represent the Caribbean island in the Miss Universe next year. She was crowned by outgoing Miss Puerto Rico Dayana Mendoza and Miss USA Crystal Stewart. The rest of the top five finalists were; Miss San Juan, Jennifer Colón; Eydiebel Pérez (Vega Baja), Agnes Benítez (Cataño), Aidín Rivera (Adjuntas) and Sharon Gómez (Santurce).



Miss Puerto Rico 2009 is Mayra Matos as she is awarded the title during the beauty pageant in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008.





Miss Puerto Rico 2009 Mayra Matos models in her evening gown.





Miss Puerto Rico 2009 Mayra Matos models in a swimsuit





Representatives for the Miss International Beauty Pageant 2008, posed for the cameras as they visited a Japanese garden at the Nijojo castle during their month long stay. The beauty pageant will be held in Macau, China on November 8th.      


(L-R) Florence Loi of Macau, Tham Zi Wei of Malaysia, Ochgerel Khulangoo 

of Mongolia, Sai Ma of Hong Kong, Kim Min-Jung of South Korea, Liu Changwen of 

China, Yu Ting Yen of Taiwan and Ee Tok Wee of Singapore  













WHAT: Miss River City USA & Teen USA Pageants

WHEN: Saturday October 25 – 2:00pm

WHERE: The Ramada Inn Conference Center

3130 Hartley Road; Jacksonville FL 32257

WHY: Pageant Director Charles Lee and his Debonair Diva Team present their 5th anniversary celebration. Entitled “Salute to Broadway Diva’s” it’s also the start of the North Florida Edition of “The Road to Hollywood”. Look for surprises on this fun day of pageantry in Duval County                                





Celebrating five years of pageantry for Debonair Diva





WHAT: Miss Miami Tropic & Miss Miami Tropic Teen

WHEN: Sunday October 26 – 1:30pm Lunch / 2:30pm Pageant

WHERE:  Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel

711 NW 72nd Avenue

Miami FL

WHY: Entering the sixth year of competition Miss Miami Tropic has turned into the leading independent pageant in Dade County. An “unofficial” preliminary this will be the third state pageant they have sent a titleholder representative. A day of pageantry it includes a sit down luncheon as well as fashion show featuring past and present titleholder along with their mothers as well as musical performances. This is one of the most lavish productions in the region and makes a great day! 




This year's Miss Miami Tropic contestants  




» NEXT UP: Miss Naples USA & Teen USA

DATE; Sunday, November 16th
LOCATION: Double Tree Resort-Naples
TIME: 4pm
Open to ALL Florida gals! Applications are now available by contacting Director at: 239-822-4661 or by e-mail:

If enough contestants enter they will crown two Miss and two Teen USA titleholders. This will be an active and prestigious title with over $16,000 in prizes and awards. Numerous personal appearances’s, modeling work and photo shoots, hair and makeup services and so much more...Enter early and get FREE tickets for your friends and family! Phone us at (239)-822-4661 or via email to



Pageantry returns to Naples






The Road To Hollywood opened the 2010 season in Eastern Hillsborough County for the inaugural Miss Plant City USA & Teen USA Pageants.  Ten delegates competed for the two titles Sunday afternoon at The Red Rose Inn Convention Center. It was a four hostess afternoon was Miss Lakeland USA 2009 Ali Watkins was joined by Miss Lakeland Teen USA Cristie Nowells, Miss Tampa Teen USA Brianna Lupo and Miss North Central Florida Teen USA Katie Green. Once introduced they welcomed the enthusiastic audience in this unique “Gone with the Wind” theater venue as the sixth Miss USA and four Miss Teen USA delegates introduced themselves to the audience.   





Miss Spiker awaits the results (left)

Ms Locsin answers the onstage question (right)



After the applause completed the audience and judges were in store for the delegates and was followed by the swimsuit competition as the delegates competed in either one or two-piece suits of their own choosing. Then everyone’s favorite The Evening Gown Competition followed as fashion was on display as the delegate competed in gowns of their own choosing. Then the onstage competition was competed by the interview phase of the pageant. 





The Teen USA delegates during the opening introductions





Miss Watkins (Pink), Ms. Chambers (white)

and Miss Richards (Peach) in the Evening Gown Competition.




The Plant City Teen USA delegates in the Swimwear Competition.





After calling the entire cast to retake the stage it was time to present the special award of the Peoples Choice and that went to Kristen Spiker. Then the delegates were called onstage with the final results being announced. The Miss Plant City Teen USA results being read first:


1st Runner Up is Riley Richards

The new Miss Plant City Teen USA 2010 is Victoria Watkins!


Then it was time to announce the new Miss Plant City USA:

2nd Runner Up is Savannah Chambers

1st Runner Up is Samantha Locsin

The new Miss Plant City USA 2010 is Nikki Fraser!





The first Miss Plant City Teen USA!




Team Plant City USA 2010 with the judging panel





What a great evening of pageantry! Congratulations to Miss Watkins and Ms. Fraser as they now have a ticket to state and Pageant Director Brigetta Long along with her outstanding group of volunteers who ran an outstanding pageant. Job well done! Now the Road To Hollywood has a two stop weekend trip next weekend to both ends of 1-95 as we visit Jacksonville and Dade County for the Miss First Coast USA Pageant & Miss Miami Tropic. See everyone next weekend at both ends of our state!  




The Miss Plant City USA Team heading to Hollywood!






We are planning a super pageant afternoon this upcoming Saturday November 8th with our first ever Open House at The Hollywood Production Center. Open from 2:00pm – 5:00pm this is perfect for all of our family and those interested in competing in upcoming preliminary pageants in our system or others. This is the perfect way to meet our preliminary pageant directors and get pageant tips from experts. Set up a little differently than our traditional seminars we will have stations dedicated to the different areas of competition.

In our “Speakers Room” you will hear experts discuss pageantry fine points while other stations will allow personal advice and instruction. Plus you will also have the opportunity to see the premier of this year’s Miss Florida Teen USA 2009 Broadcast in our Theater. Door Prizes will be given away all afternoon with the Grand Prize of a free entry into an upcoming preliminary pageant. Look here next week as we announce our speaker’s schedule. RSVP to Grant Jr. or Mary Lou Gravitt at (954) 924-4949 or via email to  

The Hollywood Production Center is located 1 mile east of I-95 exit 21 on Sheridan Street. The street address is 2040 Sherman Street, Hollywood, Florida 33020.   


Get your pageant season started this November 8th  





For our friends in Palm Beach County we now have another title option to state! Under the direction of Rhonda Williams we are proud to announce the formation of the first ever Miss Delray Beach USA & Teen USA Pageants. The dates are May 6th on Atlantic Boulevard at the Old School Square Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Williams and her dedicated group of volunteers also run’s the Model for Success Program as well as working for the City of Delray Beach. For more information call Mrs. Williams directly at (561) 929-3309 or via email to    


More pageant options in Palm Beach County!





Be our MySpace friend at either or as we feature the Miss Marion County USA 10 Minute Pageant at our Miss Florida USA site and the Miss Marion County Teen USA 10 Minute Pageant at our Miss Florida Teen USA site.










This weeks edition features Episode #7 of our Miss Florida Teen USA 
2009 Behind The Scenes Series. This week we take our audience back and 
front stage for Saturday night Preliminary Pageant. This show featured all of the 
delegates in the preliminary competition. Check out the rest of the series 
at the only State Pageant Network in the world! 

Click here for more YouTube Movies! 











Best of LA Fashion Week

We've rounded up our favorite new acts in the LA fashion pool

Its front rows may be filled with reality TV "stars" and its runways may have more jersey minidresses and appliquéd jeans than is really necessary, but that doesn't mean LA Fashion Week is totally deserving of its bad rep. Although most of the emerging talent sticks to late-night, off-schedule shows in gritty downtown locales (like those at BoxEight Fashion Week, which kicked off last night), there are always a few truly gifted designers who take to the tents each season - and we've weeded out the best for you below:

1. Whitley Kros: Aside from an 8am Biology class, there aren't many places one can pull off pajama pants, gym shorts, or a bulky cardigan over a silk slip. But somehow, Marisa Ribisi and Sophia Coloma made it work on their runway.

2. Suh-Tahn: One of LA's most intellectual design duos, Shannon Nataf and Dimitry Tcharfas explored the idea of wearing the inside on the outside, via sheer panels, organically curved edges and a stark monochromatic color palette.

3. Jordi Scott: This Betsey Johnson alum showed a spirited off-schedule collection, full of pieces made for long, messy nights of gig-hopping. Think lots of lycra, leopard print and sequins.

4. Crispin & Basilio: California cool at its finest, mixing a punchy coral-navy-and-neutral color palette, breezy fabrics, and subtle, yet interesting details (like a bustle-backed silk dress with raw edges).

5. Leila Hafzi: One of the first designers to experiment with organic and ethical textiles, the Norwegian Hafzi is like the John Galliano of eco-fashion. Her hand-painted evening gowns and mind-blowingly vibrant silks made us realize just how much possibility still exists for sustainable fashion.

6. Nonja McKenzie: A solid first effort steeped in Studio 54 glamour—this stylist-turned-designer's intricately beaded minidresses made an opening run of Halston-esque silk jersey wrap dresses feel like a warmup act.

7. Eco-Ganik: An eco-friendly line that Lauren Conrad would approve of, combining high waisted and tiered miniskirts with pussy-bow blouses and '70s inspired jumpsuits.

8. Amelia Toro: Leave it to a Brazilian designer to get the front row smiling for the first time all week. Along with whimsical headpieces and birdcage purses, Toro presented a cheerful (if somewhat unfocused and under-edited) line of '60s-era silhouettes, combining tuxedo detailing with bold floral prints in a tropical rainbow of colors.

- Erin Magner




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