Northern Paiute Woman Pioneers United States’ First Appearance at Miss Humanity International Pageant

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Member of Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Christina Thomas to Compete in the 2012 Event; Seeks Involvement for People’s Choice Award

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“I am so honored to be selected out of many qualified applicants to represent our nation for the first time,” Thomas said.

Christina Thomas, a young Native American leader of Northern Paiute, Western Shoshone, and Hopi decent, will represent the United States in the 2012 Miss Humanity International Pageant. Marking the first time the U.S. has participated in the worldwide event, Thomas will serve as Ambassador of all Native Americans throughout the U.S. and Canada on the global stage dedicated to humanitarian causes in Bridgetown, Barbados, October 14-21, 2012.

“I am so honored to be selected out of many qualified applicants to represent our nation for the first time,” Thomas said. “I consider this an incredible opportunity to strengthen awareness about key humanitarian issues on a worldwide scale.”

Thomas will represent the event with a long history of community involvement supporting Native American issues. A recent graduate of the 2010-2012 class of Ambassador's for Americans for Indian Opportunity, Thomas was the first Nevadan to be selected for the prestigious international Ambassador Program, UpWithPeople.

Among Thomas’ other notable accomplishments:

  •          Founded the youth group Native Butterflies
  •          Youngest person on her Tribe's Language Advisory Board for Reno-Spark Indian Colony
  •          Youngest teacher of the Paiute Language for Washoe County School District
  •          Youngest person to be featured as an emerging leader at the Pyramid Lake Cultural Museum
  •          Personally asked to sing for Senator Harry Reid, Michele Obama, and Vice President Biden

Thomas will compete in the international event in various categories: Interview, Talent, Gown, Swimwear, National Costume, Dance, Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality and People's Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award will be decided through online voting, allowing viewers and supporters to participate in the selection of their favorite candidate. Please vote daily and often for Christina Thomas at http://www.misshumanityinternational.com/2012/delegate/miss-usa. Slide your mouse over the stars in the upper left and rate her 10.

Miss Humanity International is a pageant event to promote and raise awareness about humanitarian causes worldwide. The pageant is open to young ladies ages 16-27 who have a strong passion for community and humanitarian service. All national representatives are expected to engage in social activities with businesses and governments to benefit all of humankind through charitable causes. For more information about the pageant, visit http://www.misshumanityinternational.com.

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