The inaugural MissInkAmerica.com Pageant comes to The Pool at Harrah’s Friday night
A common clamor in these challenging times is that Atlantic City has to diversify more and give visitors new and exciting entertainment alternatives to keep them coming back. Much of that has happened and continues to happen, and a primo prototype might be what’s going on at The Pool at Harrah’s Resort this Friday night, Feb. 19.
The inaugural MissInkAmerica.com Pageant is the concept of father-son entrepreneurs Michael and Cyprian Jennetta, and will involve 10 women with a variety of “body art” like tattoos and piercings competing in a format similar to the Miss America Pageant. The women will vie for approval from three judges in categories like lingerie, club wear and formal attire, discuss their personal platform issues, and answer randomly selected questions during their walks down the runway. Judging will be based on their personal platforms (issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, literacy and education, etc.) and question response, overall beauty and, of course, body art.
“We believe that body art is a beautiful thing, and we want to try to remove the negative stigma that it sometimes has,” says Cyprian Jennetta. “We don’t think that anyone in general, but in this particular case women with body art, should be shunned or denied any opportunities that those who do not have body art might get.”
MissInkAmerica.com bills itself as a premier outlet for women with body art to have fun, gain recognition and give back to the community. Recently the organization donated funds and volunteered their time at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, and has other charitable endeavors lined up for the future.
“We’re trying to show the masses that, look, just because these women may express themselves using ink on their skin, it doesn’t make them any different,” adds Jennetta. “They’re still intelligent, they’re still business women who act in a very professional manner — and they’re beautiful. That’s why we wanted to focus on the beauty aspect of the pageant first. It’s not a tattoo competition, it’s a beauty pageant for women with body art. It’s all about beauty, brains and body art.”
Guest judges will include former NFL (Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots) wide receiver John Stone, former Miss New Jersey (2008) Ashley Fairfield, and tattoo artist and A.C. Ink studio owner Frank Diamond. Sponsorship is being provided by Simply Fly Clothing of Northfield, Art Is salon of Brigantine, and Don Hellinger’s Inked magazine.
Live entertainment will be provided and the host for the evening will be Kim Merlino, a singer and TV personality from northern New Jersey (Rochelle Park), and a former Miss International Pageant contestant.
“We’ll also have a comedienne named Rock Angel performing, and we’re trying to diversify it so that a wide variety of people visiting The Pool will be sure to have a good time,” says Jennetta. “[The Pool]’s a spectacular venue with a great atmosphere, and we’re going to turn it into 13,000 square feet of madness.
“My father and I put something similar together a couple of years ago that was a lot of fun, but this really has a totally different spin on it,” he adds. “This is a true beauty competition. It’s like the Miss American Pageant but I would say with more sexiness, uniqueness and more of an edge to it. We want to bring beauty back to Atlantic City, where beauty was born.”
The pageant will take place from 8-10pm, and an after-party will be hosted at The Pool immediately following the event.
Where: The Pool at Harrah’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. in A.C.
When: Friday, Feb. 19, 8-10pm (doors open 7pm)
How Much: $20
On the Web: missinkamerica.com
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