AIRPORT–Posh Productions Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder Anna Rabess-Richardson has been inducted as a Director for Miss Teen International and looks forward to hosting the Miss Teen St. Maarten International Pageant in Spring 2018 via Posh Productions.
International Pageants CEO Mel Richardson and Executive Director Mary Richardson were welcomed at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM on Wednesday and thanked by Prime Minister William Marlin for this great milestone and opportunity to promote St. Maarten.
This pageant system has three different levels – Teen, Miss and Mrs. Posh Productions has been awarded the Teen level and once successfully held, will proceed with the Miss and Mrs. pageants.
Being inducted as a Director means that St. Maarten is the first Caribbean island, with the pageant being based in the Caribbean, that will be taking part in this pageant. The pageant has about 90 contestants from the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa who are sent annually to compete for the crown.
This pageant can be compared to the Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. “This is very big for St. Maarten, St. Maarten has been only competing in regional pageants in Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis and Antigua, but now has the opportunity to compete on an international platform” stated Rabess-Richardson.
This connection was made possible by Hilary Grant, a former queen herself who was a guest judge at this year’s Posh Productions pageants. Through her experience she felt that Rabess-Richardson and Posh Productions were capable of handling the international pageant system.
After the introduction and recommendation, Mary Richardson and Anna Rabess-Richardson held discussions and handled the paperwork necessary to be a part of the pageant. Richardson also added that she took the time to “Google” Rabess-Richardson.
The connection and excitement from both the International pageants and Posh Productions is mutual. Mary Richardson stated “We are super excited. We feel that it’s a good fit. Anna’s passion for the scholarship and the importance of these young women growing is exactly what we are looking for when we are looking for a director, plus we love the island. We have been coming to St. Maarten for over 10 years, it’s our second home.
“Anna has the vision that we have, she understands the importance of the platform, the importance of the microphone we are giving these women.”
“International Pageants’ mission is to make a difference. At the end of the day, we all leave this place and the question is, did you leave it a better place?” Mel Richardson asked.
“One of the beautiful things about this is that when we host our Miss Teen St. Maarten International pageant, the winner stands a chance with a 3.2 GPA [grade point average – Ed.] (equivalent to 80+ average) to win US $17,500 annual tuition to the prestigious Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia in the United States for four years” said Rabess-Richardson about the scholarship opportunity.
“Making a difference is in line with the mission and vision of Posh Productions which is to promote philanthropy through strong community-based services and to foster good-will ambassadors by encouraging individual growth, personal platforms and community involvement.”
Following the induction, Posh Productions will be hosting the inaugural Miss Teen St. Maarten International Pageant in St. Maarten in Spring 2018 and the winner will go on to the USA to compete in the international competition.
Once launched, Posh Productions is seeking to have the pageant as a district pageant in comparison to the United States where various states compete for the crown. “I would like to truly thank Prime Minister William Marlin for the continued support of Posh Productions and our efforts to elevate St. Maarten on the pageant platform. I’m truly grateful that the Prime Minister sees the vision and supports the mission.
“Thanks to Keoma Hamer of the Marketing Department at SXM Airport, DComm [Department of Communication – Ed.], St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Hilary Grant and Chiaira Bowers. Thank you to each of you for your role and support in making today possible and a success,” added Rabess-Richardson.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68654-posh-inducted-as-director-for-miss-teen-international