A load of pink bags, escorted by two pretty girls from Seton Hall, one of them wearing a banner — Miss Exclusive, 2008 and a silver tiara, of course, are here to check out the community outreach opportunities at Covenant House in Newark, N.J. The Miss Exclusive Pageant holds a beauty pageant event each year. But don’t just think they are all beauties and no brains, says Miyokee, who was crowned at the current Miss Exclusive.
The organization, besides finding the next Miss Exclusive, prides itself on building the self esteem of young girls, says Cathy, a tall, pretty young woman, sporting oversized pink glasses. “We invite high school girls to participate, encouraging them to meet other young girls who are doing something positive with their lives,” says Cathy.
Miyokee, who was rather shy at first, chimes in. “It’s about empowering young girls, helping them believe that there is nothing they can’t do.”
And that includes taking away the crown from Miyokee.