|Posted by Kristin Melton, Mrs. Illinois International 2009 on July 29, 2009 at 8:35 PM|
Saturday night, July 18th, marked the end of our week together. I was so honored to be named in the Top 10 finalists. There were so many beautiful and accomplished women there for the week and they all deserved a spot! After competing in on-stage interview, fitness wear, and evening gown for the final time, we all returned to the stage to hear the final decision of the judges. Mrs. Middle East, Armaiti Shihadi Fitzgerald was crowned the 2009 Mrs. International. She is a fantastic woman with such a heart for her platform. I am so proud to be First Runner Up to her. I feel very, very blessed to have placed -- what an accomplishment. I am so very excited for Bonnie - Mrs. Texas, Karen - Mrs. Southeast, and Randa - Mrs. Midwest, who were 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Runners Up.
Top 10 Finalists pictured left to right: Tammi Krause - Mrs. Minnesota; Melanie Demure - Mrs. Idaho; Randa Allen - Mrs. Midwest; Bonnie Hubert - Mrs. Texas; Armaiti Shihadi Fitzgerald - Mrs. Middle East & Mrs. International; Kristin Melton - Mrs. Illinois; Karen Bartosh - Mrs. Southeast; Adrienne Watson Carver - Mrs. Maryland; Michele Weeks - Mrs. Utah; and Melisa Zwilling - Mrs. Southern States.