Who would have thought that in 2005, a Miss Deaf USA competition, spearheaded by Bonita Leek, in Las Vegas, NV would inspire the initiation of an international event where countless young women from around the world would compete to become a part of the first Miss Deaf International (MDI)!
In early 2005, Adam Smith discovered the Miss Deaf World Pageant, which was located in Prague, Czech. The 2005 Miss Deaf USA winner was the first USA participant in this competition. At this event, Tim Trotto and Bonita Leek met with pageant Directors from different countries. They expressed their desire to initiate and host a similar pageant in the USA as well as in other countries.
As countless world-wide fans have waited and anticipated, this home-grown contest has evolved into the powerful and inspiring Miss Deaf international,Inc., which advances and supports opportunities for young deaf women. Now, every participant country has the opportunity to host this world event.
As countless hours were spent in planning and developing Miss Deaf International,Inc, a golden opportunity knocked at our door in the spring of 2009. Deaf Nation, who believed in us, granted us permission to concurrently host our international event in conjunction with Deaf World Expo in July, 2010.
From July 2010 experince, we saw the great need for the Festival to appreciate the artists, fashion designers, musicans, dancers, performancers, and comedianas , we have incorporated the 1st Festival event in conjuction with Miss Deaf International pagent. Additional, we will include three different pageants, Miss Deaf Euro, Miss Deaf South America, and Miss Deaf Asia.
We will have savvy, goal-orientated contestants from all over the world competing to advance their personal,educational, career, and humanitarian goals. These women of character seek to improve their own lives as well as the lives and goals of others.
What a historical event for all over the world!