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2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant at The Palazzo® Las Vegas on Sunday, Sept. 28

By Pete Allman

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High-res images may be downloaded here.
Photo Credit: © Tom Donoghue Photography

B-Roll of crowning may be downloaded here.
Video Credit: © Ernie Zita.

The Palazzo® Las Vegas was abuzz as the 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant took over on Sunday, Sept. 28. The second annual pageant lit up The Palazzo Theatre stage with pure glitz and glam 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 judge Marquel Martin, former contestant on ABC's "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise"; judge Isabelle Du, current cast member on CBS's "The Amazing Race"; judge Dennis Hour current cast member on CBS's "The Amazing Race"; judge Ricardo Laguna, professional BMX rider; local magician Murray Sawchuck and his wife Chloe Crawford; and many more.

The judges than made their way into the theatre and the production began with an explosion of color, sparkle and culture. 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 opening act blew the audience away as the girls came out for introductions in their breath-taking cultural costumes, each representing the contestant's unique ethnicity. The crowd cheered as outfits from China, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and more dazzled under the lights. Next, the girls flaunted their bikini-clad bodies during the swimsuit segment. Contestants crossed the stage with pure confidence as "American Girl" by Bonnie McKee rang through the auditorium. Talent followed with amazing vocals, cultural dances and even a mother and daughter duet by TEEN delegate Jannah Bowen and MRS. delegate Tammy Tsai. After talent, the stage was full of poise and beauty as the girls made their way out for evening gown. Local musician Daniel Park provided the soundtrack, singing covers including John Legend's "All of Me," Chris de Burgh's "The Lady in Red" and more, as the girls walked gracefully across the stage.

Next, the suspense built as Bhoolsuwan announced the finalists, who moved on to the next round of question and answer. Each finalist graced the limelight as they were asked about their platform and then a random question. Judges, 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, asked the girls about their personal life, current events, among other pressing topics.

As the judges deliberated, local entertainers Lydia Ansel and Zowie Bowie brought down the house with their upbeat tunes. The results were finally in, and Bhoolsuwan welcomed all the girls out on stage one last time for the final crowning. The crowd congratulated the whole group as winners of the honorary awards and official titles were called. Last year's queen smiled and congratulated the new winners as they handed down the coveted crowns and sashes.

2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Honorary Awards
  • Miss Photogenic - Rowena Tuallo
  • Miss Social Media - Celina Go
  • Miss Congeniality - Christine Ko
  • Miss People's Choice - Rianne Lu
  • Miss Talent - Tammy Tsai & Jannah Bowen
  • Best Costume - Esmeralda Gould
  • Miss Entrepreneur - Celina Go

2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas Titles
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas TEEN - Rianne Lu
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, TEEN, 1st Runner Up - Megan Madison
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, MISS - Monica Fung
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, MISS, 1st Runner Up - Erica Valdriz
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas, MISS, 2nd Runner Up - Christine Ko
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MS. - Jamie Stephenson
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MS., 1st Runner Up - Violetta Taing
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MRS. - Esmeralda Gould
  • 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas MRS., Senior - Tammy Tsai

After the pageant, all the delegates, judges, volunteers, sponsors and attendees made their way to SUSHISAMBA for the official after-party. The 2014 Miss Asian Las Vegas queens graciously took photos with fans and posed for pictures on the red carpet. After-party guests celebrated the affair by dining on Asian cuisine, sipping on craft cocktails and mingling with their friends and families.

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, and more.

For more information on this year's pageant and its contestants, please visit MissAsianLasVegas.com.

ABOUT MISS ASIAN LAS VEGAS
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 on the Miss Asian Las Vegas, please visit MissAsianLasVegas.com, or keep up with Miss Asian Las Vegas on Facebook (Miss Asian Las Vegas) and Twitter (@MsAsianVegas).

ABOUT THE PALAZZO® LAS VEGAS
With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment, the Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights. Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure"World's Best Awards," the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo features more than 160 luxury boutiques, specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice's Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands include Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Kenneth Cole, Dooney& Bourke, Hervé Léger and Swarovski. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools. The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include PANDA!, an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world's largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse's Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo - an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at palazzo.com, follow on Twitter @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/palazzolasvegas.

MISS ASIAN LAS VEGAS CONTACTS:
Laura Bucklin / Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications: 702.737.3100 lbucklin@kirvindoak.com / lrathjen@kirvindoak.com

THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS CONTACT:
Elaine Chaivarlis, The Venetian and The Palazzo: 702.607.4644 Elaine.Chaivarlis@sands.com

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Pete Allman
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