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The Venetian and The Palazzo are Proud to Host the 2015 Miss Asian Las Vegas

On behalf of everyone at The Venetian and The Palazzo, we would like to welcome you to the 2015 Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant. We are proud to support the Miss Asian Las Vegas Organization in its mission of fostering leadership, friendship, and involvement within the Asian community. Furthermore, we are grateful for the opportunity to host this incredible celebration of culture and diversity, and appreciate the unique identities, passions, and personal and humanitarian efforts that make each contestant and delegate unique. We are honored to have you as our guest, and hope that you enjoy your time with us. Best wishes and good luck to each contestant in this year’s pageant.

George Markantonis President & Chief Operating Officer The Venetian and The Palazzo

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A Message from our Founder Annie CHANG Evans

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant! I am thrilled to be back again at The Venetian Hotel & Casino as our official host hotel. I would like to extend a special thanks to both the Venetian’s Partnership Marketing team & the Asian Casino Marketing team for all their support this year to make our event a success! This year has been really exciting for me! Last month I delivered a baby girl, and she turns one month old tonight. With the new addition, my life has changed once again and I am now officially a mother of three! Having a newborn has forced me to be more patient and to step away from various projects. What I’ve come to realize is that sometimes we need to let go of things in order to find balance in our lives again. I’m proud to say that this year’s production has been put together by some of the most talented people I’ve ever met and I couldn’t be more proud of them! Tonight, I’m honored to introduce to you our 2015 delegates! Each of these ladies have worked so hard to get here. I hope that The Miss Asian Las Vegas organization continues to inspire more women to be brave, set their eyes on whatever they aspire to be, and to believe and challenge themselves each and every day. In addition, I hope our pageant can help cultivate more female leaders in our community for generations to come. To all our volunteers, committee members, judges, & friends, thank you for the countless hours you have spent on this event. To our wonderful delegates, may you hold this experience somewhere dear in your heart! Finally to our sponsors and supporters, we would not be here without you. Thank You. Warmest Regards,

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Steve Jobs once said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me. As the one and only out-of-state delegate to ever take the crown, I look back and feel accomplished that I was able to share my reign with 2 of the best cities in the nation. Since the crowning, I was able to make connections with people from all over the globe. From children to celebrities and politicians,I was able to make some incredible and unforgettable memories. I am honored and truly blessed to have a family both in San Diego and Las Vegas for the rest of my life. First I’d like to thank God and my family for supporting all my endeavors, no matter how big or small, crazy or wild. I’d like to thank my friends and fans for always being my #1 cheerleaders and participating in my life. You all are my rock, my foundation, and without you all, I wouldn’t be the today. independent, strong and successful woman I am toda Thank you to our hotel sponsors, Matt Kenagy of The Venetian Las Vegas and Palazzo Las Vegas for hosting the pageant and lending me a home away from home. Thank you to Annie Chang Evans & Kimberly Miles and the whole board of Miss Asian Las Vegas Organization for creating this opportunity, so future queens and myself can be an ambassador to our communities. Thank you to Violetta Taing and family for being my 2nd family and showing me the local life. Thank you to Elisa Chan, Walter Ho and family for providing amazing traditional Chinese meals and hilarious conversations. Thank you to my sister queens, Rianne Lu, Celina Go, Erica Valdriz, Christine Ko, Tammy Tsai, Jannah Bowen, Esmeralda Gould, Megan Madison and Jamie Stephenson for sharing your reign with me. You all are beautiful, brilliant and inspirational to all women. Please continue to shine and empower all walks of life.Thank you to the UNLV DECA and all volunteers for giving up your time to support our amazing organization.Thank you to YSL & Armani Beauty and all our sponsors for providing your services and generous donations. To the Miss Asian Las Vegas Class of 2015 delegates, heads up, walk tall, and always remember to wear your invisible crown. You were all chosen for a reason and that is what makes you all Queens. I hope you all continue to inspire and serve your community no matter the outcome! To my successor, cherish every second because time is precious and before you know it, your reign will be over! Much Love & Blessings,

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RIANNE LU 2014 Miss Teen Asian Las Vegas

There are a lot of “my firsts” in life, my first steps, my first phone, even my first boyfriend. But not everyone can genuinely say that they won their first pageant. Miss Teen Asian Las Vegas was my first title, and it’s such an honor to uphold it with the highest grace and elegance it truly deserves. Being able to experience something like this gave me motivation and passion to keep striding for success. I say this many times in interviews, but it’s true that I was a shy person before doing this pageant. Confidence was my weakness, but this pageant had helped me achieve greater things I never thought I could have done. I was able to stand on stage, sing in front of many, speak to others, and do interviews. Those are goals I have achieved during my reign. If I could give one advice to any teenage girl like me, it would be to never underestimate yourself. I was known for being the athletic, “one of the guys” type of girl. Don’t let labels define you who you are because I learned I wasn’t just that, I was more complex. We all are complex in our own unique ways. Through this pageant, I grew as a person, and I’m still growing. As a 16 year old, winning the pageant when I was only 15, I see myself as an example that no one is too young to be successful. As the youngest girl in the pageant, facing these amazing and beautiful 18 year olds, if you put your mind to any task given, achievement is in your grasp. I am still learning and continuing to build myself as the years go by. I am thankful for the endless support from my family and friends. I am thankful for Annie, who created this pageant because if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am. Good Luck to all the girls tonight and I wish and wish them all the best!

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Emcees Bryan Chan His career as a professional Entertainer has spanned over 16 years, covering Realty Television as a start of ABC’s Making the band, lead singer of Atlantic Records boy band LMNT, and headliner for the Las Vegas and international tour of Chippendale.A Prolific Leader in the community his voice and presence have played a role in every major LGBT Organization, from AFAN’s Aids Walk, The Black and White Party, Golden Rainbow, NoH8, The Gay and Lesbian Center, and Southern Nevada’s Pride Parade. Chan, a full time public Speaker and Real Estate Agent, Has etched his mark into the community As a respected local media Personality. A role he says he enjoys the most, right behind being a dad.

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Renea Arroyo China / thailand 5’6 20 years old Hobbies: drawing and playing volleyball Platform: congential heart disease awareness Aspires to: Be a medical malpractice lawyer and founder of a non-profit children’s summer camp Sponsor: Great Grubbing

Esha Bajracharya Nepal 5’4 26 years old Hobbies: sightseeing, target shooting, & golfing Platform: raising awarness & Assisting the victims of nepal Aspires to: a top business woman and a respected daugther, wife, & mother Sponsor: Top Eye Brow Threading

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Philippines 5’4 23 years old Hobbies: fine dining, afternoon tea, arts & crafts, and learning new things Platform: development through higher education Aspires to: win a nobel peace prize and being a positive role model Sponsor: F45


Catalina Camacho Philippines 5’3 19 years old Hobbies: reading, being with family & exploring Platform: education in impoverished areas Aspires to: to Be a nurse practitioner

Renee Delos Angeles Philippines 5’3 23 years old Hobbies: watching movies, experiencing new things, and singing Platform: improving quality of life for elders in nursing homes & hospitals Aspires to: be a medical doctor Sponsor: Express Passport

Shelby Kanani Johnson Japan 5’5 21 years old Hobbies: dancing, baking, attending productions at the smith center Platform: Arts in education Aspires to: Be a successful & independent woman. Positive role model Sponsor: Crave, Las Vegas Body Works, Samurai Pest Management, Custom Upholstery, Stingray Instant Spot Remover, 808 Sushi 25 Miss Asian Las Vegas 2015


Amabell Lankford South Korea 5’6 20 years old Hobbies: Watching old movies, outdoor activities, & traveling Platform: environmental protection and preservation Aspires to: International business consultant or actress Sponsor: Min Seo, Island Style Restaurant, Las Vegas Korean American Professionals

Ashley Liu China 5’5 25 years old Hobbies: Painting, cooking, reading, Movies, & zumba Platform: Improving immigration policies & procedures for foreigners Aspires to: Professional graphic Designer & Owner of Art Gallery Sponsor: Bayer Realty, Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier, Studio Fuwafuwa, Regis Gallerie, & Nevada Comprehensive Pain Clinic

Daphnie Shoaf Philippines 5’0 22 years old Hobbies: Singing, Reading, swimming, and movies Platform: Prevention of Child Abuse Aspires to: to be a recording artist or broadway singer Sponsor: Utopia Cafe

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Darlina Tech Cambodia 5’4 21 years old Hobbes: Running, working out, makeup, fashion, & Hair Platform: Lung cancer awareness Aspires to: Be a spokesmodel

Joanna Vibas Philippines 5’4 24 years old Hobbies: Dancing, outdoor activities, cooking, and baking Platform: enhancing the future for the younger Generation Aspires to: Be a Nurse Practitioner Sponsor: Cleen Juice

Manee Zeigler Thailand 5’4 22 years old Hobbies: Dancing, makeup, & Piano Platform: Extracurricular actitivites for the youth Aspires: To be a Publicist Sponsor: Tingey Injury Law Firm

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On September 28, 2014, The 2nd Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageant was held Inside The Palazzo Theatre at The Palazzo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In our second year, we opened two more divisions for the Ms & Mrs Contestants. As the fastest growing population in the United States, our mission is to promote and inspire the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities

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Miss Asian Las Vegas delegates volunteered at Three Square Food Bank on July 18, 2015 to help with their Backpack for Kids program. Former Miss Chinese Las Vegas Elisa Chan, and reigning queens Mrs. Asian Las Vegas Esmeralda Gould, Miss Teen Las Vegas Rianne Lu, Miss Korea Christine Ko were also present to support this great cause.

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