There she is -- Miss Armenia

March 23, 2005

Ryan Carter

The beauty in a Pasadena car showroom didn't come from the lines of a

fancy Jaguar or Porsche. It came from all over Asia, and Glendale.

Beautiful women representing countries from throughout the Asia

mingled with about 90 guests, snacked on truffles and salad and

listened to jazz Saturday in the Rusnak Jaguar showroom in Pasadena.

Silva Yesayan of Glendale is Miss Armenia. The Glendale Community


College student won the event's "Miss Rusnak Jaguar Queen for the

Day" award.

Others represented Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Iraq

and Iran.

The event Saturday was to support the Miss Asia USA 2005 pageant,

which for the second time in its 17-year history will be in Glendale

on April 23 at the Alex Theatre.

Twenty-five women who attended the event Saturday will vie to

become Miss Asia USA, ambassador for culture and goodwill for the

Asian American community.

"I was in shock," Yesayan said of being queen for the day. "I

didn't know I would be the one. I didn't know to go up or sit down.

Everything came out perfect."

The women brought smiles to the faces of guests, who included City

Councilman Dave Weaver, a member of the Miss Asia USA organizing

committee, said Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, spokeswoman for the Rusnak

Automotive Group, a sponsor of Miss Asia USA.

"It was an intelligent, beautiful, well-spoken, articulate group

of young women," Rusnak Arizmendi said. "It was a fun way of

interacting with these gorgeous creatures."

Miss Iraq, Carol Safa Nasi, is from Glendale, and Miss

Philippines, Jennifer Ball, is from Burbank, said Virgelia Villegas,

Miss Asia USA's chairwoman.

Organizers are still looking for women to participate in the

pageant to round out representation from 50 Asian countries.

They are looking for women between 17 and 28 who have never been

married, who have never had children and have a pleasing personality.

There is no height requirement.

A minimum 25% ancestry from an Asian nation is required.

"We look at internal beauty and rally for that instead of outside

beauty," Villegas said.

For more information, call Virgelia Productions at (818) 891-5556

or visit

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