Five contestants were revealed during the Little Glitz and Teen Miss Abaco Unveiling on Dec. 13. Hosted by Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant Director TJay Stubbs, the event included an Ultimate Shopping Experience at Island Girl Boutique II.
As the guests waited for the contestants’ unveiling, they were served cocktails and encouraged to browse the racks of clothing, while DJ Emerge provided entertainment.
The first to walk the runway were the Little Glitz contestants in fashionable pink and white dresses and matching candy-curled hairstyles. The youngest, and most shy, of the group was three-year-old Audrey Higgs, Miss Home Fabrics. Audrey was followed by five year-old Alexis Russell, Miss Marsh Harbour; and Victoria Albury, 6, Miss Albury’s Ferry.
In the Teen Miss category, there were two contestants: Represented as Miss Murphy Town was Gabrielle Pierre, 15, and Curtisa Mills, 16, as Miss Treasure Cay. Both young ladies were dressed in fire red fitted dresses accentuated with black lace.
The contestants all wore clothing from Island Girl I and II, and one of the guests said that she would have liked to see more Island Girl clothing modeled by the contestants to show what is available at the store.
However, those who attended commented that the unveiling offered a good, first-time experience. Victoria’s family enjoyed the experience, and travelled from Man-O-War Cay to support her that evening.
Leading up to the Little Glitz and Teen Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant at the Abaco Convention Centre on Dec. 20, Stubbs announced that every time a contestant was voted for or a ticket was purchased, a larger donation would be made to three families living with children who have autism.
“We are more than a pageant, but a movement,” he exclaimed.
As the competition heated up, the number of contestants dwindled down to two in each category. The beauty pageant featured a National Costume segment along with an Evening Gown and question and answer segment.
In the end, Gabrielle Pierre was crowned Teen Miss Abaco, while Victoria Albury captured the Little Glitz title.
Stubbs thanked everyone for their support, and announced that he would fulfill his promise of caring for the winners for an entire year by hosting a final fundraiser called Deep House Music in Hope Town on Dec. 24.
A final announcement was made via Facebook to supporters of the Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant by Stubbs, who wrote: “As I get ready to take my three-year hiatus, it would not be fair without saying thank you to everyone. Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant was formed after I saw a need for a proper pageant on the island that will do more than just get pretty girls, but will also build self-esteem in each of them.
“It started off as only an idea, but grew into something awesome… It will give me time to properly formulate a working team and a system I can be totally happy with.”