Australia Day One: Queen's International Trip

After being treated to a day at Disneyland, the International Queens were ready to make their way to the land down under to meet up with their little sister queen, Ayva.

From right to left: Blake, Lexi, A'Maiya, Alyssa, Ayva, Jasmine

The Queens arrive at at their host hotel. The Westin Sydney provided a 5 Star experience through sophisticated rooms, amenities, and services with access to 14 restaurants without leaving the hotel.


From right to left: Jasmine, Lexi, A'Maiya, Alyssa, Blake, Ayva

With a host of Sydney's attractions within walking distance, fun and adventure was right around the corner. First stop, the Sydney Opera House!

Posing on the steps of the Sydney Opera House

Winning the CROWN OF OPPORTUNITIES requires the need for a passport. This crown will take you places!

The IJM Girl Scholarship

For the 2017 International Finals, young ladies returning to COMPETE at IJM Internationals for their 5th Year will receive a $250 IJM GIRL CASH SCHOLARSHIP at Orientation. If this will be your 5th year competing at Internationals, please email

Rules and guidelines apply. You must have competed in your state pageant at least twice as long as there was a state pageant available. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 25th.

(The 5th Year Pin IS NOT the same as the IJM GIRL SCHOLARSHIP. The 5th year pin is for anyone that has attended an IJM International Pageant at least 5 times and includes contestants, parents, families, vendors sponsors and friends.

Half the Court, but a Whole Lot of Fun

Our International Princess, Pre-Teen and Miss travelled all the way across the country for the IJM Washington/Oregon State Pageant! Even though they are always up to travel, to spend time together and to welcome more girls to the IJM Family, we thought it would be grand to make it even more worth their while. 

First stop, the Space Needle! 

After enjoying the breathtaking views on the Observation Deck, the International Queens were treated to lunch at the SkyCity Restaurant, 500 feet in the sky! With SkyCity's rotating panoramic views, the girls were able to see downtown Seattle, home of the IJM International Office, from all sides. With bellies full, and taste buds amazed from a lunch prepared by Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield, it was now time for their next stop.

Pike Place Market

We couldn't take the queens downtown and not visit Pike Place Market. Pike Place Market is a very special community, comprised of hundreds of farmers, craftspeople, small businesses and residents. Well known for "throwing fish" along with a very specific chant, this stop was one of the funest! 

The First Starbuck Ever!

It's hard to picture that the coffee chain that we all love and see everywhere, all started with one coffee shop. When we think of Starbucks, we don't only think of that delicious, liquid energy, we think about how a small start can result in a huge success! Each one of our International Queens followed their dreams and went after the #CROWNOFOPPORTUNITIES. 

IJM Washington/Oregon State Pageant

What a weekend! This may have been the best part, welcoming new girls into the IJM Family is always a favorite. Eighteen girls were crowned and are headed to International Finals! Take a look at some of the fun the International Queens had during the pageant weekend. 

iFly Seattle

It's no secret that over at IJM we love surprises, spoiling our queens and adventure. And boy, did we combine all three in taking them to iFly Seattle. After their flight class and learning some very important hand signals, they were off to get suited up and FLY! Check back to the IJM Social Media Pages for video of their flying experience and be sure to search the hashtag #KUWTQ (Keeping up With the Queens) for a front row seat to their upcoming international travel. 

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