SHELTON Local tot the new National Baby Miss
SHELTON — Dyani Sanders of Shelton has been named the East Coast USA National Baby Miss, winning the title over more than 300 competitors, including 20 in her age bracket. The competition and crowning were held on July 27 in Parsippany, N.J.
The little girl will turn two in November. Her mom, Michel’le. said that Dyani’s favorite part of the competition was walking down the runway.
“She became a little impatient when she had to wait to get on the runway,” she said. “But afterwards, she was just a regular kid again.”
Michel’le said that Dyani will have a busy year, appearing in a number of events throughout the Northeast. One of these will be a fashion show and luncheon to benefit the Diane Stroman Warm Hearts Fund on Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Assumption Church Hall, 51 North Cliff St., Ansonia.
Dyani’s road to royalty began earlier this year with the preliminary competition where the toddler was named Overall Runway Supreme for Connecticut, moving her into the finals.
The competition finals included multiple components held during a three-day event. Dyani first completed an interactive interview in front of a panel of judges before taking the runway to model her dress, outfit of choice, swimsuit and patriotic wear. The final outfit was made by her mom.
The little girls were treated to a Disney princess party and got to meet their favorite Disney princesses: Belle, Cinderella, Moana, Arielle, and Tiana.
East Coast USA is a pageant that holds preliminaries in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.