ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – For the first time, the preliminary Cinderella pageant for girls zero to twenty-nine took place at the Odessa Marriott Hotel, on Sunday.
Fifteen girls from different cities participated in the preliminary selection.
Some represented Odessa, and others represented cities like Lubbock and New Mexico.
The Cinderella pageant has various divisions that allow girls zero through twenty-nine to compete for a title in the baby, tots, mini miss, miss, teen, and women’s division.
The preliminary competition consisted of an interview, sportswear, party wear, and talent.
The pageant regional director who oversees Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, and the Lubbock area said she decided to bring the first to Odessa because it’s a beautiful city. She also emphasized how blessed she feels to take part in the event and be able to meet new people.
“Especially the moms they are so involved with their daughters so much including myself, we get so busy with school and this is an opportunity to come together, and just have one on one with their daughters,” said Lucy Owens, director, South Plains Cinderella.
One of the judges in the preliminary won the pageant forty years ago. She says the cinderella pageant is special because it’s a scholarship program dedicated to helping girls further their education.
“It’s not like the other little girl pageants that you might see on TV, Cinderella tries to stay away from that preconceived notion of what a children’s beauty pageant is so when I won my title in 1988, having won that scholarship. I basically went to school for free”, said Maya Sewell, former International Cinderella 1988.
Sewell describes the Cinderella pageant as humble, wholesome, and pure.
The primary winners took home a crown, a banner, and the entry fee paid for the state pageant where they will compete for 5,000 dollars in scholarship funds.
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