College student won the event's "Miss Rusnak Jaguar Queen for the
Others represented Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Iraq
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 http://msasiausa.com.