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Miss Liberia joins beauty ambassadors for the 2008 Miss International Beauty Pageant
Miss Liberia joins beauty ambassadors around the world for the 2008 Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo and Macau! The International Beauties promoted peace and goodwill.
Telena Cassell, 24, a graduate of the ivy league university Dartmouth College, is set to represent Liberia in the 2008 Miss International Beauty Pageant. The Miss International Beauty Pageant is one the top pageants in the world. The ultimate goal of the Miss International Beauty Pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.
Telena is no stranger to the world of beauty pageants. In 2007 she competed in Miss Earth. This year she has been training rigorously to be a competitive candidate in Miss International. The stage has been set for her to make history. Telena has the beauty and grace to place as a finalist, and, in doing so, would be the first from her country to bring home a semifinalist placing in an international pageant. If she wins she brings home the country's first international crown and the continent of Africa's first Miss International crown. The pressure is on and Telena Cassell is ready for the competition!
Telena has a great team of people behind her. She is bringing a higher level of preparation to Miss International then we have seen from most contestants from her region. There will be many heads turning when Miss Liberia takes the center stage. Her competition gowns are designed by Sherry Couture. Telena's ravishing national attire, also designed by Sherry Couture, includes a headpiece designed by Arturo Rios, a couture hat designer known for his creative and eye catching runway designs. Her after nine wardrobe is designed by Ema Savahl, whose glamorous hand painted pieces are favorites of Hollywood celebrities. Star treatment at the Makeup Mandy Eyelash Bar will ensure she is glamorous throughout the competition!
Miss Liberia is intelligent and beautiful, as well as passionate about helping others. She has volunteered in other countries and is also a goodwill ambassador for the Republic of the Gambia. She is applying to law school and hopes to become an international lawyer. She is proud to represent Liberia and says that events like Miss International are "one of the many ways we can come together as a global community and learn more of each other." On traveling to Japan and China she says "she is excited and admires both countries for their sense of industry and rich culture." Telena has visited both Japan and China previously and is excited to return.
This year's edition of the Miss International beauty pageant will take the beautiful ambassadors of peace from Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong, and Macau. The final competition takes place at Asia's largest Resort, the Venetian Macau, a fitting backdrop for this "Festival of Beauty".
Special thanks to Liberian United Women in Progress
Press Enquiries: Wright Enterprises Strategic Communications
Miss Liberia is in Kyoto and has participated in a traditional tea ceremony in which the delegates were dressed in Kimonos. The tea ceremony was a press event and showcased the Miss International delegates in traditional Japanese attire. The mayor of Kyoto invited the ambassadors to the event. The next day the girls participated in the "Festival of Ages", in which they wore traditional attire from their countries. Liberia shined brightly in an intricate purple and green lace two piece outfit. Telena Cassell, Miss Liberia was chosen along with a few other girls to speak at the Miss international forum. They were chosen based on question and answers submitted by hand after arrival. The three topics were; tell us what makes your country special, give words of advice as to how Japan can increase its tourism potential, and lastly how does sightseeing operate as a medium for cultural exchange. Liberia was chosen to present a one minute speech on the third question. She emphasized that, "sightseeing engages us by increasing what we know and leaving a lasting cultural imprint on our life experiences."
Telena Cassell competed flawlessly at Miss International in Macua on November 8th. Like other favorites excluded from the top 12 placement, a spot in top 12 did not mean a flawed or lackluster performance. This year was highly competitive and many favorites like Canada, Aruba, Korea, India, Slovakia, Indonesia, and others wowed the crowd but did not place. Spain’s Alejandra Andreu clinched the crown becoming the 48th Miss International. Miss International was broadcast internationally by TVB and TV Tokyo.
Miss Liberia International was said to be the best bet for the continent of Africa’
This young beauty has the wits to match her looks! Miss Liberia International is currently applying to law school and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. After the pageant she was shot by French photographer Jerome Duchange and has a busy schedule ahead for the rest or her reign. Telena Cassell’s swimsuit charity calendar is scheduled to go on sale next year. The calendar was shot by high fashion photographer, Chris Kilkus, with swimwear exclusively by Ashley Paige Collection. Miss Liberia International has been asked to be a spokes model for a line of artistic graphic art t-shirts called Statement. The Line launches 2009 and is sure to be a favorite of hip trendsetters.
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