21 July 2009
Mrs. Middle East Armaiti Shahidi-Fitzgerald Wins Mrs International 2009
Armaiti Shahidi-Fitzgerald beat 48 lovely married women to be crowned Mrs. International 2009 last Saturday night, July 18th, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Illinois.
Technically, only 4 countries and one territory around the world were presented in the pageant. There was one representative each from Canada, Turkey and the Philippines. One contestant was from Guam. But these married women are also American citizens who just carried the flags of the said three countries.
Aside from the countries previously mentioned, there were also representatives coming from regions of the world and the US. In fact, the winner wore the sash of Mrs. Middle East. Another three contestants wore the sashes of Mrs. Southeast (US), Mrs. Southern (US) and Mrs. Midwest (US).
The rest of the Mrs were from the different states of the US.
First Runner-up was Mrs. Illinois Kristin Melton, Second Runner-up was Mrs. Texas Bonie Hubert, Third Runner-up was Mrs. Southeast Karen Bartosh and Fourth Runner-up was Mrs. Midwest Randa Allen.
The international pageant showcases the accomplishments of married women, and includes women from around the world.
Half of the score is based on the interview with a panel of judges, and the balance of the score is the on-stage interview in evening gowns, and physical fitness.
It is the ability to balance family, career, community service, and still maintain good health and stay fit, that sets this pageant apart from the stereotypical beauty pageants.
In the Mrs. International pageant the husbands participate in the event by escorting their wives on stage.