Annual beauty pageant took place in NYC’s Bohemian National Hall
The grand finale of the Miss Czech Slovak America 2014 competition took place Oct. 25 at the Grand Ballroom of the Bohemian National Hall in New York City.
The main title of Czech Slovak America and winner’s tiara went to 28-year-old Martina Veselá from New York, who originally hails from the Moravia region of the Czech Republic. She captured the attention of judges with her talents in dancing and singing.
The first vice-miss title went to Markéta Pilátová and second vice-miss to Michaela Somolová. Miss Community was conferred to the winner of the Internet voting, Renata Macháčková from Lexington, Massachusetts.
Fifteen finalists appeared before an international jury comprising world-known diplomats, significant sponsors and VIP guests of the show. Most finalists were from the United States, but there were also participants from Canada, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The program was composed of the classical elements in most beauty pageants. Participants had to answer interview questions and participate in a talent contest. The pageant would not be complete without promenades in bikinis and evening dresses.
Talents aside from dancing and singing included painting and kung-fu. However, the most impressive routine was on the hanging trapeze and the rope.
The final evening was moderated by Slovak presenter Alexandra Kazlovova together with the seasoned presenter of beauty competitions, Mark “Markuss” Adam. As a treat, the organizers invited the Slovak musical group Maduar.
The event, organized by Slovak-American fund +421 Foundation, was held under the auspices of the representative offices and general consulates of the Czech and Slovak republics in New York. František Ružička, who is the Slovak ambassador to the UN, presided over the event. Lýdia Svobodová, who is Miss Deaf World, participated as a judge.
Important sponsors of the evening were the NYGC Inc., Koger Ltd. and the Bohemian National Hall. Winners received financial rewards, trips, jewelry, cosmetics and other prizes.