|Subject: US Universal Pageants - QUESTIONS ANSWERED!|
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Date Posted: 10/29/14 12:28:10pm
Hello Voy World!
This post encompasses a lot, as no representative has been present on this board to address concerns or rumors previously.
I am Tasha, the Director’s Assistant for usuniversalpageants.com – pageant family of the current Mrs. Universe 2014, Sabrina Pinion; Mrs. USA Universal 2014, Misti Jeter; Mrs. USA Universal 40’s, Wendy Burke Reynolds; and Ms. USA Universal 2014, Tracey Thornber Smith. We couldn’t have asked for more amazing and diverse women as our titleholders!
First thing’s first --
Regarding a post that was made several months ago about the incidents during the national pageant in the Ms. division:
I competed in June as Ms. Texas. There was an unfortunate situation in which a fellow contestant had a medical emergency and myself and another contestant accompanied her to the hospital. It was there that this contestant was revealed as having been dishonest about several things, and became verbally abusive and accusatory toward myself and the other contestant. I had been in contact with the contestant’s family about her medical status, and ultimately ended up discussing with them that this contestant would need to make her own arrangements to continue competing, given her medical state (I am a nurse and taking responsibility would have made me liable, which was not something I felt comfortable doing), as well as how downright mean she’d proven herself to be. The contestant was never abandoned anywhere, yet she decided to post everywhere she could about being abandoned, threatening to sue myself, the other contestant, the director, Victoria, and pretty much anyone else who upset her.
Between Victoria, myself, the other contestant who accompanied her to the hospital, and selected staff members, it was decided that it would be best not to make any details public, even to the other contestants during pageant week, because it was a private matter that was being handled. All accusations and harassment from this apparently mentally unstable contestant fizzled out about 2 months after the pageant, and we’ve all moved on. Crazy people simply exist in this world.
NOW – I took a position with the pageant 2 days after competition (I placed 2nd RU) BECAUSE: despite the ridiculous drama that one person caused, my pageant experience with Victoria, the staff, and my fellow contestants was BEYOND amazing. That is the honest-to-God truth. Every single woman had a magnificent story to tell; the production was the best I’ve ever been involved with over 13 years of competition experience; and I was treated as a person, not a number. Ask any of my fellow contestants. Our week was SO fun, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who experienced major personal growth!
However, now that I am behind-the-scenes, I am seeing a very different side to this world.
Which brings me to the issue of the email, which was alluded to, where a staff member scolded women interested in the system. Full disclosure: that was me. What was not mentioned is the fact that I made a mistake, as I was under the impression that these women were confirmed contestants and had not met deadlines. The email was a professional reprimand intended for actual titleholders. When I was informed that I was in the wrong, I immediately sent out an apology and explanation. This will not happen again, though, as we have refined our methods of communication.
My director, Victoria Hughes, is a woman of integrity, and while she has TONS of experience in the pageant world, this is only the third year of this national production, and now we are facing hosting the international Mrs. Universe competition late next summer/early fall. Starting a new national system from scratch is tough to navigate at times, and it has taken time to build a staff that shares a cohesive vision. It is difficult to be in this business with a fantastic production while still maintaining that heart; we want to be the best, but not at the expense of anyone’s wallets or values. THIS is why you continue to see changes, and you may even see a few more!
BUT -- there is no question that the national pageant will be held in Reno, NV, June 15-18, 2015. We are in the process of refinement now, and will never make changes without informing everyone involved.
Regarding fees: again, this IS a business. Included in this year’s entry fee is the hotel stay (so you don’t have to worry about availability!), a beautiful (high-quality!) crown and banner, and a one-page ad in the program book (which other systems apparently ask upwards of $1000 alone for! Ridiculous!!!!).
Considering our entry fee is $1500 (without hidden special competition fees) for the Mrs., and the winner will go on to compete for the Mrs. Universe title (which she can proudly represent in the States, as the Mrs. Universe franchise is based in Bulgaria and there is NO conflict to speak of with Donald Trump), I’d have to say that’s a pretty good deal!
Please feel free to respond with comments and questions as you wish, and we will work on putting together a post dealing solely with event and entry information.
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- Is there, or isn't there going to be a Ms. Division? They keep announcing different things. Thanks! (NT) -- No name, 10/29/14 5:18:57pm
- There is a reason the Big 3 are the Big 3. Whatever happens in the board room STAYS in the board room. No president or staff member EVER comes on here to "clear the air". If this is a business then keep your business to yourself. Coming on here defaming someone or defending yourself makes you just as guilty as those you accuse. Rise above it, it blew over and move on! It is nobody's business, especially a Voy Forum. (NT) -- lessons learned, move on!, 10/29/14 7:04:32pm
- One of the ladies in charge of this system became angry at another lady because that lady requested that she no longer be contacted. The lady in charge retaliated by blasting the no longer interested lady on social media. This scares the bejeezes out of me! If I were to win this pageant and someone gets mad at me in upper management, will I be similarly publicly humiliated? In my opinion, this was a super low class thing to do to someone just because that person requested to no longer be contacted. (NT) -- Just my humble opinion., 10/30/14 11:46:54am
- Okay, honest questions. How can you state that you are able to display the Mrs. Universe title/sash here in the US without backlash from Donald Trump. If that is true, then why is the country pageant named US Universal instead of US Universe and it is not a Registered TM 3 years in. It was clearly stated on the Mrs. Universe facebook page that due to the conflict with DT, and the name, the US pageant is named Universal. And is it also assumed that if the US won, the international pageant could not be held in the US due to the conflict. (NT) -- So what is the REAL Truth. Still to much for $1,500.00. Good Luck, 10/30/14 1:02:28pm