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It’s been almost two weeks since the Grand Finale of the 2010 D.C. Miss Chinese American Beauty Pageant, yet for me it feels like it has just happened last night.
The grand music hall full of cheering crowds, the elegant orchestra, my fellow glamorous beauty pageant finalists, and of course, the bitterness and sweets from the past two months’ training—these exciting moments and scenes all look like they just happened.

I said to myself the night before the finale, that no matter what the result would be, it was already the time of my life.

The night before the finale, my house got blacked out for the whole night as the heavy storms hit the Northwest D.C. areas, and I got more scared by the fact that I was the only one staying in the house for the night since all my roomies were out for the night. At the same time, I couldn’t locate the bracelets and necklace that mom and grandma gave to me as signs of blessings, and being on the phone with my make up artist for almost half an hour trying to clearing out some miscommunications — Yes, I got very frustrated just the night before the finale and thought I wouldn’t be able to make it .

During that panic moment, I asked myself that did I really wanna quit in the last minute? After all these two months bitter and sweet training? the lovely fellow pageant girls that I had been hanging out with all the time? My friends who had purchased the tickets to come support me for the night? And not to mention me working my ass off in the gym and on my latin dance almost every single day during the past 2 months, sketching on the papers dozens of times with my designer friend just to finalize the evening gown design, riding metro and walking on my feet across D.C., Maryland and Virginia to look for the right latin dance dress and finally got to spend 3 nights to sew up my latin dress by myself, etc.

After the flashing back, I felt I had no reason to say no to the finale — I could not control others but I can control myself. I just need to beat myself up and try my best- so that when someday I looked back, I would not hesitate to say that no matter what the result was, it was already the time of my life.

It then was already the big time! Opening Group Dance and Self-Introduction — Great, done! Talent Show — Done! Almost like what I expected, but I still feel I could have done it better. Swimwsuit Competition—the two months’ almost-brutal work-out plan and healthy diet finally looking paid off. Evening Gown Competition — Done! On stage question — just being myself and looked like it was not bad. And I was done, Done, DONE, D.O.N.E for all the competition parts.

Here came the most exciting and long anticipated part: Time for announcing the winners!

In the backstage, I was actually already free from the nervousness and thinking what to eat when got home (yes, I love love food ).

I wasn’t expecting to win like a queen or princess. In my imagination — I was hoping that if I could win a single prize, such as the best dress, best posture, or best talent — that would already made my night. When the M.C.s and the VIPs were announcing the single awards one by one, and turned out that none — NONE of which was related to me — I was saying to myself: Ok, Serena, time to go home and eat.

When the M.C.s started to announce the top 5, I was already planning my little dinner and the Dim Sum date with the girls over the weekend in my head — my mind wasn’t very focusing on the Top 5 result since I was assured by myself that I wouldn’t be one of them, however I was truly happy to see my girls getting up on the front one by one receiving the awards that they deserve.

Therefore, when Mr. Gibson and Mr. He announced the 1st runner up was No. 11, Serena Lin — me myself — I got shocked and was not able to step up on the front until 30 seconds or so later. Suddenly the past two months memories flashing back, I was thinking about my parents in China, my wonderful time with the fellow finalists, and the hard works I had put into this pageant — I could not help but burst into tears.

I am actually glad that I was not asked to say something after the crowning since I honestly was full of mixed feeling and didn’t think I could actually talk….
But, I was asked by one of the judges after the pageant, that have I imagined to win, and I said that I tried to imagine what I would say if I got to win — which was part of the preparation for each finalist — but I had never expected that I would win in that way.

But you know what, given a second chance, I think I would still like to win in surprise, just like the famous saying “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are gonna get”

Inspired by this quote, I think I would just keep up the hard work—expecting less, working more and enjoying the good surprises in life.

If there is anyone that inspired me to walk into this pageant, I think that would be Audrey Hepburn—because when looking into her life path, I got to know more about the true beauty of a woman. It was the desire to reveal such philosophy of true beauty and elegancy to more fellow young Chinese American women and also to serve the Chinese American community that brought me to this journey. I believe it is a life-time enchanting journey as the winners from year to year will keep up the legend and pass down the spirits from generation to generation.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”
–Audrey Hepburn





Street Glam Fashion Show

Walking up the stairs to enter the VIP reception area of the Street Glam Fashion Show
at Downtown Silver Spring, I noticed the crowds of people surrounding the perimeters of the runway, as well as clusters of spectators lining the stairs, anxiously waiting for the show to begin. Once I entered the dimly lit room with upbeat music resounding throughout, I couldn’t
help but stare at the gorgeous models dressed in the latest trends and looks from the newest designers and retailers, including New York and Co, Ksara Boutique, Booshie Designs, Kustom Looks Clothier, Amore by Elizabeth Stajka, and several more. I continued to make my way through room teeming with designers, photographers, agents, and models. In fact, I was even able to make the acquaintance of a rather well known acting and modeling agent and the Silver Spring Outstanding Teen 2010 winner. After helping myself to the sushi, muffins, and cookies courtesy of the neighboring restaurants, it was finally time to make our way downstairs to the heart of Downtown Silver Spring to watch the highly anticipated event.

It began with the tug of a model being dragged onto to the runway in nothing but a white wife-beater, black shorts and socks. Finally, after a little lipstick and the support of fellow models, she donned a stunning kimono, stomped down the runway, and thus marked the
beginning of Street Glam2010! Model after model strut down the catwalk in various outfits, some adorned in extravagant evening gowns, a few in simple suits, and others clothed in attire you could wear out to dinner on a Friday night. The flash of photographers, the pounding of music through speakers, and vibrant lights illuminating the runway made me feel like I was in the middle of Fashion Week in Milan. It was over all too quickly, as I had hoped to see even more styles from these talented designers. I walked away still thrilled from the experience of the show and immediately began planning when my next shopping trip to these stores and boutiques would be!

– Kathy Shi #6

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As this year’s finalist of D.C Miss China beauty pageant, I was privileged to come and watch the winners of 2008 D.C. Miss China beauty pageant opening the Mystics game by singing the national anthem at Chinatown Verizon center last Saturday, August 15th.
Kathy Liu, winner of the 2008 D.C. Miss China also performed the internationally celebrated Chinese traditional dance—Peacock Dance during the break.

Although I was anticipated that the national award winning peacock dance was incredibly amazing, when Kathy started spinning and swaying, I still could not help holding my breath and being astonished by how engaging the dance would drag me into—the women power and the spirits that coming through the dance! The peacock dance earned a floor sweeping applause.

While sitting in the stadium watching these wonderful girls’ performance, I felt myself was surrounded by the pride to be a modern Chinese woman in the American society. I recall the lines from my favorite book “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts” by the legendary writer Maxine Hong Kingston: “Once upon a time the world was so thick with ghosts, I could hardly breathe; I could hardly walk, limping my way around the White Ghosts and their cars.” This line well described that in the past decades, the image of Asian women and the social position they used to be. But now? Not anymore! The fierce peacock dance best stated the idea of fighting your own way out and thrive as an Asian woman in the American society. It’s fierce yet subtle, it’s sensual yet elegant, it’s beautiful, elegant and powerful. Both the peacock dance and the national anthem singing performance were so elegantly blended in the Mystics game, which again, states woman confidence and power.

I received such facebook messages from a facebook friend saying that she was thrilled to see the winners of the Chinese American beauty pageant singing the national anthem to open the Mystics game and this year’s finalists of D.C. Miss China were there to cheer for them. This facebook friend said in the message “I am impressed by the WOMAN POWER that these girls decently presenting in the show. I think it was so important for young ladies nowadays to know that they are beautiful, elegant and brilliant. It’s not easy, but I think the Chinese American young ladies are setting the golden standard”.
Thank you facebook friend! Though I never met you in person, but your kind words really have made all the bitter and sweet efforts that we went through this pageant paid off!

It’s a no brainer that the Washington Metropolitan Miss Chinese American Beauty Pageant(AKA, D.C. Miss China beauty pageant)has been creating opportunities for young Chinese American girls to succeed in life in each every way. The pageant also has allowed the girls as Chinese American descendents to thrive in both their professional and personal life to present a confident, elegant, brilliant and beautiful Chinese woman image in the mainstream American media and society.

By Serena Lin

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DC Miss China at Asian Festival

The Asian Festival was really fun! There were Indian, Filipino, Thai, and Vietnamese street foods. Just to name a few, there was satay chicken and beef, Thai noodle soup, Thai papaya salad, Filipino fried rice, Indian samosas, Thai ice tea, bubble tea, fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice, and many others that we don’t usually see in restaurants. Many of the performances were traditional Punjab dance, Filipino bamboo dance, Filipino anthem, and the place was flooded with people! Not only Pacific Asians but also Americans. Other than street foods there were little boutique stands selling different cultural clothing and accessories. The festival was perfect for grownups and children because in the back of the loud music and smoky street foods was a mini fairground with games, prizes, and rides.

As everyone was working hard for their food stand or boutique stand, the pageant girls were working hard standing on heels. Under an 80 degrees weather, we stood by our tent and handed out flyers for the second Washington Metropolitan Miss Chinese American Beauty Pageant on September 17th in the Strathmore Music Hall. Our executive director Chris Jan brought us some dim sum and water later on, but we had to keep our appearances fresh and clean so we couldn’t touch the hands-on street foods. We attracted many tourists, and took lots of pictures with people that are both leaving and entering the festival.

Overall it was a great experience. The publicity felt like a good warm-up on many of the events that are coming up for the pageant girls.

– Lucy #15

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Talk about Talent!

Tina being interviewed. Photo: Tre'Lynn Productions

This past Saturday has been a very exciting day for us — we met up with 11 pageant applicants at the Strathmore Mansion and conducted a round of interview and talent show.

In the beginning there was a nervous energy in the air, it certainly didn’t help that the ladies were told to prepare a two minute self introduction right before the interview!  But as the day went on, the ladies bonded and began to relax and enjoyed themselves.   It was fantastic to see how quickly they band together and provide support for their new friends, after all, creating life-long friendship is one of the best rewards of this experience!

* Pictures of event provided by Tre’Lynn Productions & James Allen.

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