National pageants for the year of 2016 ended with the big finale of the «International Junior Miss Haiti 2017”. The event took place at the Marriot Hotel in Port-au-Prince on December 30th, 2016 where six beauty queens where crowned:
5 year-old Blarhanie Desfils as “Haiti Junior Princess 2017”
7 year-old Meghan Estelle Jean as “Haiti Princess 2017”
11 year-old Lorine Gaston as Haiti Pre-Teen 2017
15 year-old Nelcide Dukenaas Haiti Jr. Teen 2017
18 year-old Gaelle Garçon as Haiti Teen 2017
22 year-old Sendy Jean-Baptiste as “Haiti Miss 2017”
International Junior Miss (IJM) is an international scholarship program for girls between 4 and 24 years of age. The contestants are put together by division: Junior Princess (4-6), Princess (7-9), Pre-teen (10-12), Jr Teen (13-15), Teen (16-18) and Miss (19-24).
In order to participate in the international finale, it is not necessary for the contestants to have any prior experiences in pageantry. IJM is not a glitz pageant focusing on the exterior beauty. Nevertheless, the judges will look for girls who are well put together, well-spoken and confident.
Our national winners are very eloquent. While 18 year-old Gaelle Garcon is a medical student and 22 year-old Sendy Jean-Baptiste is studying Finance, the other girls are brilliant students with big dreams.
Already we wish all our winners lots of success for the International finals in Nashville, Tennessee from July 3rd to July 8th.