Jesse Ladoue was crowned Miss International 2013 at the annual Miss International Pageant in Skokie, Ill.
LANCASTER - Miss New York International, Jesse Ladoue, 25, was crowned Miss International 2013, Saturday, July 27 at the annual Miss International Pageant in Skokie, Ill. The three-hour event, held at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, featured nearly 50 contestants from around the world competing in four categories, including interview, fitness-wear, fun fashion and evening gown.
A committed community volunteer, Ladoue, will spend her year as Miss International promoting her platform of the importance of volunteerism and volunteer recognition through VolunteerMatch.org and her own initiatives, “V for Volunteer” and “Volunteer of the Month” award.
VolunteerMatch.org is a global organization that matches individuals with volunteer opportunities through their partnerships with more than 90,000 non-profit organizations. Ladoue began promoting VolunteerMatch.org in 2011 and in the past year alone has traveled 10,000 miles promoting volunteerism.
Founded upon being crowned Miss New York International, the “V for Volunteer” campaign engages the next generation of volunteers through social media and other digital means to prove that modern day service is accessible to all ages, schedules, and skill-sets. Ladoue’s “Volunteer of the Month” award is sponsored by VolunteerMatch and recognizes every day heroes and existing volunteers to show that their contributions are not only important, but appreciated.
In addition to her charitable platform, Ladoue also supports Special Olympics, International missionary work (Kenya), and International Pageants’ national partner, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.
“I am so honored to represent the International Pageants system in my exciting new role as Miss International 2013,” said Ladoue. “Through my work on behalf of my platform this year, I’ll also be able to showcase the amazing deeds of the countless strong women with wonderful hearts who participate in International Pageants each year.”
Ladoue is a 2010 graduate of Iona College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication and currently operates her own company, JL Presentations Consulting Co., which specializes in helping individuals create their personal brand. A resident of the greater Buffalo area, she is an avid lover of all New York sports teams and enjoys graphic design, arts and crafts, emceeing events and spending time with her family.
The Miss International Pageant is the only platform-based system and is owned and operated by Roanoke, Va.-based International Pageants, Inc., which also operates the Miss Teen and Mrs. International competitions. Miss International showcases the professional and civic achievements of single women between the ages of 19 and 29. For more information, visit miss-international.us.
In 2014, the International Pageants system will move its final competitions to Jacksonville, Fla. Follow the International Pageants System on Twitter (@intlpageants) and Facebook at International Pageants, Inc. You can interact with Miss International 2013 on Twitter (@jesseladoue), Instagram (@missintl2013), and Facebook.
• First runner up: Charity Bess, 28, of Minnesota. Her Platform is “Changing lives through Girl Scouts mentoring.”
• Second runner up: Jan Humphrey, 24 of the Netherlands. Her platform is providing equine assisted activity and therapy programs to veterans and individuals with disabilities through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.
• Third runner up: Mollie Parker, 20, of Arkansas. Her platform is the Make a Wish Foundation.
• Fourth runner up: Lauren Stopher, 19, of Idaho. Her platform is domestic violence through the Children’s Alliance of Idaho.