The second annual Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant lit up The Palazzo Theatre stage at The Palazzo Las Vegas with pure glitz and glamour as 21 delegates, ages 15-52, competed for the titles of TEEN, MISS, MS. and MRS.
Kicking off the excitement, local icons and celebrity judges walked the VIP red carpet and posed for photos. Among the group were judges Marquel Martin, former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” Isabelle Du, current cast member on CBS’s “The Amazing Race,” Dennis Hour current cast member on CBS’s “The Amazing Race,” professional BMX rider Ricardo Laguna, magician Murray Sawchuck and his wife, dancer Chloe Crawford.
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas TEEN:
1st Runner Up: Megan Madison
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, MISS:
1st Runner Up: Erica Valdriz
2nd Runner Up: Christine Ko
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MS.:
1st Runner Up: Violetta Taing
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MRS.:
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MRS., Senior: Tammy Tsai
2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas
Best Costume: Esmeralda Gould
Miss Photogenic: Rowena Tuallo
Miss Social Media: Celina Go
Miss Congeniality: Christine Ko
Miss People’s Choice: Rianne Lu
Miss Talent: Tammy Tsai and Jannah Bowen
Miss Entrepreneur: Celina Go
Returning emcee Patranya Bhoolsuwan, KLAS Ch. 8’s reporter and anchor, announced each number. Throughout the show, she was joined by her co-hosts Catherine Ho, 2013 Miss Asian Las Vegas, and Alexandra Drechsler, 2013 Miss Asian Las Vegas 2nd Runner Up.
The contestants came out for introductions in their cultural costumes including China, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Vietnam. Talent followed with amazing vocals, cultural dances and even a mother and daughter duet by TEEN delegate Jannah Bowen and MRS. delegate Tammy Tsai. Daniel Park, Lydia Ansel and Zowie Bowie entertained the audience.
Judges included Martin, Du, Hour and Laguna as well as James Mulligan, official artist for Disney and Warner Bros.; Michael Skenandore, president at WENDOH Media; Carrie Carter-Henderson, founder/president of BESTAgency; Roy Ng, chief operating officer at Twilio Inc. and Mary Choi Kelly, vice president of human resources at The Venetian and The Palazzo.
The 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant was sponsored by: The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, Mikimoto America, Caché, Liquid Lace Swimwear, Jameson & Staggs Real Estate of Coldwell Banker Premier Realty, Las Vegas Badminton Club, Nevada Legal Forms & Tax Services, Physicians Consulting Services, O’ Harmony Realty LLC, Photographer Sue Bryce, Genesis Realty Advisors, Sales and Leasing Executive of Turnberry Towers Gina Chen, Summerlin Family Wealth, International Home USA, The Juice Standard, Dr. Andrew Cash of Desert Institute of Spine Care and Certified Public Accountant Calvin Louie.
The Miss Asian Las Vegas Organization’s mission is to provide a platform to help build leadership, friendships, community involvement, etiquette, and talent in young Asian American women in Las Vegas. The Pageant will also help to promote each contestant’s unique culture, identity, passions, and personal and humanitarian goals as well as showcase contestants’ overall essence of intellect, leadership and beauty. For more information, visit MissAsianLasVegas.com.