Doral is the “new beauty capital of Florida” according to Miss Florida USA pageant contestants.
On Thursday afternoon, pageant officials announced that for the next two weeks the Provident Doral at The Blue Miami will be hosting the 59 Miss Florida USA contestants who will be competing for the crown on July 11.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the uniqueness that is Doral and Miami-Dade County,” said Miss South Miami Idelys Martinez, 24, calling the municipality a “multicultural oasis.”
The pageant at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale begins 6:30 p.m. July 11. It will be aired on ABC 90 minutes later, from 8 to 10 p.m.
“We see this as the most exciting city in the entire state,” said Grant Gravitt, Miss Florida USA executive producer. “We are about embracing wonderful new things, culturally diverse things. That’s what truly makes this a 21st century city. We’re about the excitement of everything being built around here. Just the absolute fabulous story of Doral.”
Miss Florida USA was last held in Doral in 1999 at the Doral Country Club (currently the Trump National Doral), back when it was unincorporated Miami-Dade County. It was later moved to Hollywood.
Shayra Medal, Miss Miami, told the Miami Herald Thursday she is eager for July 11.
“Representing my fellow competitors from Pensacola to the Florida Keys we all want to tell the world ‘Welcome to Doral,’” Medal, 25, said.
The Miss Florida USA pageant is a stepping stone to the Miss USA competition and ultimately Miss Universe, both co-owned by billionaire Donald Trump, who created a firestorm last week calling Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
On Thursday, Doral-based Univision — which attracts the largest number of Spanish-speaking viewers in the world — said it will not air the Miss USA pageant as planned on July 12.