May 30, 2011 1:57 PM by KRTV
The Miss Earth Montana pageant was recently held in Missoula, and Melissa Gee of Grass Range was crowned Miss Earth Montana, and Lauren Scofield of Havre was crowned Miss Teen Earth Montana.
More than two dozen women competed for the titles at the sold-out event.
Prizes awarded include roundtrip airfare to Daytona Beach, full accommodations at the resort hosting the 2011 Miss United States Earth Pageant, a new gown for national competition, a crown and banner, professional make-up artistry as well as hair styling for competition, and a modeling contract from Jules Modeling and Talent Agency.
The United States Earth Pageants are designed to recognize and encourage excellence among young women who advocate environmental awareness.
Click here to learn more about the Miss Earth pageant.
The national Miss United States Earth Pageant will be held this coming August in Daytona Beach, Florida. Fifty ecologically-savvy women will participate in numerous public appearances, environmental and motivational seminars, and specially planned events.
The pageant will provide the opportunity for contestants to portray their Glamorously Green beauty through five elements of competition: Confidence in Interview, Environmental Awareness, Personality in Swimsuit, Elegance in Evening Gown and Overall Impression.
The United States Earth Pageants seek likable, approachable and personable young ladies, who are not only beautiful on the outside, but more so on the inside.
Titleholders are to radiate confidence, be self-assured and be able to captivate a crowd. Judges are instructed not to take into consideration height, hair color, eye color or ethnic background.
Past titleholders include Miss Earth United States 2005, Amanda Kimmel from Montana.
The winner of the Miss Earth United States title will go on to compete in a world competition to be held in Thailand.
NOTE: Melissa Gee was originally reported to be from Helena; we have since contacted her and confirmed that she is actually from Grass Range.