BR-area girls compete in Junior Miss pageant _lowres

Photo provided by Erin Husbands -- Beauty queens with The Crowning Moment are competing at the International Junior Miss pageant July 20-25 in Virginia Beach, Va. Gathered are, front row from left, Kailah Fresina and Ailynn Fresina; and back row, coach Erin Husbands, Caitlin Hager and Layna Baker. Not pictured is Anna Claire Reily.

Five Baton Rouge area girls with The Crowning Moment are in Virginia Beach, Virginia, through Saturday to compete against 300 International Junior Miss contestants for six international queen titles.

Representing Louisiana are Kailah Fresina, of Zachary, IJM Miss Louisiana’s Junior Princess; Caitlin Hager, of Baton Rouge, IJM Miss Louisiana’s Princess; Anna Claire Reily, of Central, IJM Miss Gulf Shores Princess; Ailynn Fresina, of Zachary, IJM Miss Pelican State Princess; and Layna Baker, of Baker, IJM Miss Gulf Shores Preteen.

IJM pageants are for girls ages 4 to 24. Competition categories include interview, fun fashion and evening gown, with side competitions of talent, media correspondent, casual wear, spokesmodel, photogenic, photo shoot model, volunteerism, academics and more.

International queens can earn over $3,500 in scholarships, free trips across the country and abroad, designer endorsements, photo shoots and more.

They will promote the national charity, Ronald McDonald House, and their own personal platform.

The Crowning Moment offers youth mentoring and pageant coaching to girls across the Gulf Coast. For more information, visit