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news & views ● scoops News Reports from the World of Pageantry MISS FLORIDA AMERICA BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT Just Married Twinning! he wedding bells have been ringing a plenty in March for some of our favorite former Sunshine State titleholders. In fact, three former Miss Florida queens said, “I do” to a lifetime of undoubted happiness and love with their special someones. rom a party of three to a party of five, Pageantry Art Director Angel Anthony Mendez, his wife, Carolyn and daughter Is- abella, welcomed two new additions into the Pageantry family on April 4th 2013. Twins, Arianna Amore and Angel Anthony Mendez Jr. (nicknamed AJ) arrived earlier than expected, but happy and healthy as can be. T PHOTO BY MUÑOZ PHOTOGRAPHY It started on March 9, as Miss Florida 2001 and former Pageantry model, Kelly Gaudet, married Nicolas Edwards. The two first met while they were working at Porsche, and they even- tually became engaged on April 12, 2012. Just shy of one year later, the lovely couple tied the knot at St. Hugh's Catholic Church in Coconut Grove, and the reception took place at the in- comparable Deering Estate. F Anthony and Carolyn would like to extend their sincerest thanks and appreciation to all of our readers and Facebook friends for their kind words and generous support received dur- ing this most momentous and joyous occassion. □ MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION A Return to Tradition N One week later, two former Miss Florida icons also married the loves of their lives, respectively. Miss Florida 1998 Lissette Gon- zalez married Antonio Chinchilla at the Saint Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove. A beautiful reception was held in their honor at the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. And last but certainly not least, Miss Florida 2005 Mari Wilensky married Travis Broome, also on March 16, at the Honey Lake Plantation in Greenville, Florida. We at Pageantry wish these three wonderful newlywed cou- ples nothing but endless happi- ness and success. □ 12 PAGEANTRY ew Jersey Governor Chris Christie welcomed back the re- turn of the world’s most famous scholarship competition for young women to its New Jersey birthplace, Atlantic City. Gov- ernor Christie announced the date for the beloved pageant will take place Sunday, September 15th and be aired live on the ABC network at 9 pm. Miss America’s return to her home in Atlantic City, New Jersey will be a 13 day event following Labor Day weekend and will in- clude three nights of Preliminary Competitions that will take place on September 10, 11 and 12 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. □ MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION Miss USA to air Sunday, June 16th N BC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced that the 2013 MISS USA® Competition will air LIVE from Las Vegas on NBC Sunday, June 16 (9 pm ET) from PH Live at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “The Miss USA Competition is one of the most anticipated live events of the year,” said Mr. Trump in a live press conference. “Teaming with Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been a successful formula that enables us to produce one of the best shows year after year.” □