PRLog - July 29, 2010 - Skokie, Ill. – Ashley Smith, 26, of Houston, Texas was crowned Miss International 2010, Saturday, July 24 before a packed house at the annual Miss International Pageant final competition in Skokie, Ill. The two-hour event, held at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, featured nearly 40 contestants competing in four categories, including interview, fitness-wear, fun fashion and evening gown.
Miss International 2010 -- Ashley Smith
In keeping with International Pageants’ platform-focus and dedication to highlighting young women’s accomplishment through community support, Smith will spend her year as Miss International 2010 supporting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. As part of her work, she will travel to college campuses around the national with the On-the-Go program that teaches young women the importance of early detection.
“Both my mother and grandmother have had breast cancer. My grandmother passed away a few years after her diagnosis, but I’m delighted to say my mom is a 16-year survivor,” said Smith. “Breast cancer awareness is a very personal cause for me and in my new role as Miss International, I’ll be able to reach so many more young women and spread the message about the importance of early detection.”
Smith graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and recently completed law school at the University of Houston Law Center. She currently consults as a marketing and event planner and was an NBA Houston Rockets Power Dancer for the 2009/10 season. In addition to supporting her platform, she also volunteers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and numerous local organizations, and will work with the American Heart Association’
The Miss International Pageant is the only platform- based system and is owned and operated by International Pageants, Inc., which also operates the Miss Teen and Mrs. International competitions. Miss International showcases single women ages 19 to 29-years-old. For more information visit www.miss-international.us.
First runner up: Miss Virginia International, Tamika Mills of Portsmouth. Her platform is Operation Smile, which provides reconstructive facial surgery to children and young adults.
Second runner up: Miss Arkansas International, Kohl McCone of Monticello. Her platform is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Third runner up: Miss Oklahoma International, Anna Marie Costello of Edmond. Her platform is Therapy Dogs.
Fourth runner up: Miss North Carolina International, Kristie Tobias of Winston Salem. Her platform is HIV/AIDS awareness though the One Life to Love organization.