Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Ava Schaaf, 7, participated in the Arizona’s Little Miss and Master Spring Pageant on Sunday, April 14, at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. Schaaf was crowned Little Miss Spring Queen 2013 in the Young Miss Division for seven-year-olds and won the Prettiest Hair Award. The judges and pageant director also awarded her the title of Arizona’s Little Miss Elite Queen.
Sixty contestants competed in the pageant overall, divided into 15 age divisions for girls and four age divisions for boys. No more than six contestants are in each division.
Schaaf has been competing in pageants for less than a year. Last June she entered the Arizona’s Little Miss and Master Fourth of July Pageant, and in October she competed in the Third Annual Native Health Children’s Pageant, which is part of the Native American Recognition Days events. There she finished second in her division, performing an O’odham dance, “What Kind of Flower?” She competed in two other pageants along the way, placing in the top two in each one.
Schaaf has been working with a pageant coach Princess Theanna Classic Models and has improved by practicing at home with her mother, Yvonne Schaaf. In her most recent pageant, Mary Andrews and Vanessa Manuel were in charge of Schaaf’s award-winning hair and outfit. Her sponsor was Tyler Bristol Photography.
Being a titleholder comes with greater responsibility, as the Arizona’s Little Miss pageant winners are encouraged to participate in an assortment of public appearances and volunteer projects. Schaaf has participated in many of these events with the rest of the Arizona’s Little Miss and Master Pageant family since her first pageant with them last June. “Who knows how far she will go? All she knows is she is having fun and enjoys being a part of pageants. On the Monday after she was crowned Little Miss Elite Queen, Ava kissed her crown goodbye as she left for school, telling it she will be back,” said her mother Yvonne Schaaf, laughing.
For any families interested in pageants, the next event in the Arizona’s Little Miss and Master series is the Fourth of July Pageant on June 30. For more information or to register, visit www.azlittlemiss.com