Thursday, July 22, 2010

Miss Tennessee Latina misses top spot at Miss US Latina pageant, future of state pageant up in the air

Delegates to the 2010 Miss U.S. Latina national pageant.
Miss Tennessee Latina Lilibeth Leon is in the first row, far right.
Miss Tennessee Latina Lilibeth Leon returned from the 2010 Miss U.S. Latina national pageant without the top crown, which was won by Elizabeth Robaina of McAllen, Texas.

The national competition was held in the Dominican Republic in May, and here is what Leon told about the experience:
Lilibeth Leon
The pageant was definitely an experience I'll never forget. The Dominican Republic is absolutely beautiful, and the Dominican people were so welcoming and accommodating. It was certainly a tough week. There was little time between long rehearsal hours, interviews, and preliminary competition, but I knew going into the national pageant was going to be hard work. For me, the most rewarding part was the amazingly talented women I got to meet from all over the country and of so many different heritages. I know it seems cliche to say, but in reality, we never felt we were competing against each other. The camaraderie was incredible. The competition was tough, and there wasn't a single woman there that wasn't qualified to take the title of Miss U.S. Latina. Being on that stage and seeing everyone who had traveled all the way to Punta Cana to see us and support us and knowing we were being watched live via internet around the world was surreal! I thank the organization, the delegates, and Tennessee for having given me this opportunity.
Leon also added that she hopes she can pass on her crown, since the state pageant is currently up in the air due to the vacancy in the state-level administrator position.

More photos from the 2010 national pageant are below.  All photos are used with permission of Miss US Latina.

Miss Tennessee Latina Lilibeth Leon, far right
2010 delegates with Nashville-based band Saints of Havana
Miss Tennessee Latina Lilibeth Leon is in the front row, far right

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