Miss Latina & Teen Latina Pageants Coming To Valley

Some of last year's regional champions at the statewide competition in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Miss NM Latina & Teen NM Latina Pageants Coming To Valley

Staff Report

Beauty Pageant Fans should get ready because the Miss and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina contest is coming to the Valley. For the first time ever the Miss New Mexico Latina organization is bringing their pageants to the Espanola Valley. On August 27 girls between 13-26 year old from the four county region of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Taos and Los Alamos will meet at the Moving Arts Theater to compete for the chance to move on to the State and National contests. 

The Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina are the preliminaries to the national MISS U.S. LATINA and MISS TEEN U.S. LATINA, the most prestigious and longest-running pageant system in the world for U.S. Latinas. MISS U.S. LATINA is a preliminary pageant that is followed by the MISS LATIN AMERICA OF THE WORLD. 

​Opening number at the 2015 state competition. courtesy photo

The winners of the competition in August will move on to the State competition on October 9 in Albuquerque with the winners there going on to the Nationals early next year. 

The mission of the Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina Pageants is to empower young women of Latin and Hispanic origin living in New Mexico giving them professional and personal opportunities to promote their culture, ideas and talents. Patricia Montoya, a Valley resident and the State  

Director of the Miss New Mexico Latina organization told the Valley Daily Post that Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina is a celebration of beauty, style and cultural appreciation, emphasizing the opportunity for personal development while serving the community. 

This is the first time a regional contest will be held in northern New Mexico, allowing local girls to compete.  

The winners of both the teen and adult categories have the opportunity of doing radio, news paper, magazine and TV interviews, as well as appearing in fashion shows, and multiple social and community events. Montoya reported that some past winners are continuing their careers doing modeling in New York ( Paola Palacios from Santa Fe), achieving advanced degrees in different fields and working with different community programs (Gabriela Medina from Pojoaque, Monica S. Olguin from Albuquerque and Dulce Avitia from Española). 

The current Miss New Mexico Latina Rocio Badachi has a Degree in Political Science and Sociology (Pre-Law concentration), she is at the UNM attending classes majoring in preparing for Law school. She is involved with Casa Esperanza (a home for families facing cancer) and Ronald Mc-Donald House. 

Alexandra Gutierrez current Miss Teen New Mexico Latina is attending Atrisco Heritage Academy and she is planning to attend the UNM and get a major in Biology and became a Pediatrician. She is involved in Teen Violence and Teen Pregnancy prevention programs. 

Patricia Montoya is the State director of this pageant as well as Miss Latinita New Mexico (Ages 3-12 year old) and Señora New Mexico for married women or single women with child(Ages 18 and up). She has been doing pageant since August 2009 with a successful community response. 

This is the fourth anniversary of the Miss New Mexico Latina pageant. Preliminaries are held in Las Cruces, Gallup, Deming, Aztec, Farmington, Bloomfield and others cities. 

The winners will be representing North Central New Mexico at the 2016 Miss New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen New Mexico Latina State competition on October 9th at the beautiful Albuquerque Journal Theater inside of the National Hispanic Cultural Center with all expenses paid. 

The pageant is inviting all teens interested in competing who live in Taos County, Rio Arriba County, Los Alamos County and Santa Fe County to contact them soon about contest details. If you are interested in participating and become a contestant or sponsor visit the website www.missnewmexicolatina.com, send an email to missnewmexicolatina@hotmail.com or call to 505-927-3172.