CHARLESTON, S.C. – Flash back to this date one year ago.
Frankford resident Taite Anna Daisey was a freshman at Messiah College in south-central Pennsylvania – in the early stages of her reign as Miss Teen Delaware United States 2016.
Today, she is a sophomore at the College of Charleston gearing to embark on her reign as Miss South Carolina International 2017.
Travel, volunteer events, appearances across the Palmetto State and a mid-summer trip to Charleston, WV, for international competition are some of the upcoming highlights for the 19-year-old Guatemalan native, the adopted daughter of Robert Daisey and the late Marla Banks Daisey.
“I will travel around the state a lot,” said Ms. Daisey, a 2015 graduate of Indian River High School. “I am incredibly excited to represent South Carolina internationally.”
The Miss International 2017 Pageant in West Virginia’s state capital will be held July 31 to Aug. 5. Miss International representatives from America’s 50 states plus those from other countries will compete.
The actual pageant is two days, Aug. 4-5.
Ms. Daisey was selected Miss South Carolina International 2017 through an interview and pictorial process.
“Typically, you have a pageant. But now they are leaning more toward just an interview and making that the most important thing,” said Ms. Daisey. “I sent in pictures. They narrow it down to who they want to speak to. Then you have the interview; and there are a lot of questions.”
Ms. Daisey was notified she had been selected several weeks ago. More recently she received her Miss South Carolina International 2017 sash and tiara.
“I got the phone call early in the morning,” said Ms. Daisey. “I was asleep and it woke me up. So, I was half awake on the phone but then I realized what was said. I was super excited and called one of my sorority sisters.”
Like her reign as Miss Teen Delaware United States, Ms. Daisey plans to continue her advocacy to raise awareness about ovarian cancer; the disease took the life of her mom, Ms. Banks Daisey in January 2016.
“I am going to continue with the ovarian cancer awareness,” said Ms. Daisey. “I also plan on helping the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation.”
She also intends to support Water Mission, based in the Charleston, S.C. area. That is part of a worldwide effort to build water solutions to address the global water crisis.
Ms. Daisey, a fulltime student majoring in public health with a minor in political science, plans to fit her ambassador role into her rather busy and demanding schedule.
“Of course, there is a lot to do here. I live a couple blocks from the medical university – the Medical University of South Carolina. I volunteer there,” she said. “I am a student. And I also have a job; I am a swim teacher at Kids First Swim in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.”
Her Miss South Carolina International reign will run one year, into next February 2018.
A GoFundMe link has been set up to support Ms. Daisey with travel expenses for appearances, international pageant and volunteer activities as Miss South Carolina International 2017.
About “Miss International Pageant”
The International Pageant system promotes today’s young women and their accomplishments, and offer opportunities to work with others to become positive role models.
The focus behind Miss International is to showcase single women, 19 to 30 years old by July 1 of competition year, and are a resident of the state or a citizen of the country that they represent. Competition includes an interview (40 percent) of total score, evening gown (20 percent), fitness wear (20 percent) and fun fashion Wear (20 percent). Each contestant can select a platform of her choice.
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