The Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant Then and NowTranslated and Curated by Sophia Hsu
Applications are flooding in for the 13th Annual Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant. However, before the new Miss NY Chinese 2014 can be crowned, the potential contestants must meet the pageant’s strict standards. Everyone is encouraged to enter, especially young women who want the opportunity to try something new and exciting, showcase their talents, and get a head start on their dreams. Already in its 13th year, each year attracts countless beauties from far and wide; applicants not only from New York and other states, but also from as far away as Canada, and even Australia. Today, the Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant has become one of the East coast’s largest and most influential events. Successive competitions have launched careers for amazing young women including Fala Chen, Meiyi Liu, Danni Wang, Angela Gao, Jiemeng Zhuang, Ying Wang, Qian Wang, and Esther Pang – all of whom, through this pageant, have begun to achieve their own dreams of stardom.
It is every woman’s responsibility to find her confidence, and Pageant President Everlyn Ho is always there to help. “Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be beautiful, loved dressing up. I’ve always believed that when women help other women realize their potential, it shows off their inner beauty.” The pageant is very comprehensive, focusing on cultivating quality. This year’s training program includes the body, make-up, comportment, stage work, and other areas. “We expect contestants to be both beautiful and intelligent; just being beautiful won’t guarantee winning. Winning also depends on wit and talent.”
Every year, the Miss NY Chinese Beauty Pageant strives to be innovative. This year is no ex
ception. The theme will be the female incarnation of “Ice” stemming from the inherent elegance and beauty found in snow. The pageant winner will represent the U.S. in Hong Kong at the Miss Chinese International. With strong support from the State of New York, contestants will have the opportunity to participate as Goodwill ambassadors of the New York Tourism Bureau’s “I Love NY” project. Contestant interviews were held on June 7th and 17th, until the 14 finalists remained. The talent contest will be held August 1st at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino where the finals are tentatively scheduled for August 16th, at 1 a.m.