Miss Teen Texas International Advises Safety for our Furry Friends this Halloween

Saving Our Best Friends, Savannah's platform, encourages a safe - not scary! - Halloween for our best friends.

Saving Our Best Friends, Savannah’s platform, encourages a safe – not scary! – Halloween for our best friends.

Halloween is an exciting holiday for more than just children.  It can also be a fun night for your furry friends by dressing them up and having them be a part of your Trick or Treating escapades.  When coming home from a fun night of filling your candy bag, please be sure to not feed your pets any candy, especially chocolate. Chocolate can be poisonous to dogs and cats.  Halloween treats containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also harm them.

Be sure to put your animals up and don’t leave them outside in the front yard. Younger children have been known to pull  pranks and tease any animals that are outside.  You should also be extra careful to keep your black cats in the house during Halloween festivities as they have been known to be taken on occasion.

Dogs can be territorial so it would be good to put them in a safe room to protect them while when opening and closing your door to give candy to trick or treaters.  Kids like to dress up in unusual and sometimes scary costumes and your dog may feel threatened by a child that doesn’t mean any harm.

Another good tip is to not keep lit pumpkins around  your pets — they may not realize what it is and could possibly knock it over and start a fire or get hurt.  Lastly, please be sure to verify that your pet has an ID tag on its collar. If they happen to squeeze out the door at some point during the evening and run off to celebrate their newfound freedom, your chances of getting them returned to you are a lot higher than if they don’t have a way to locate their owner.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Savannah Wahrer

Miss Teen Texas International 2015


$70,000 Scholarship for Miss Teen Texas International 2016

Just a friendly note from your director…..

College is not cheap. Right, ladies?? Well, if you are interested in competing for the title of Miss Teen Texas International, one of your many prizes will be something very special: a $70,000 college scholarship to Hollins University, with a minimum 3.25 high school GPA and a minimum 24 ACT composite score or 1100 SAT total score (critical reading and math only).


And it gets even better.  Could there be anything better than $70,000 in scholarship?  Well, yes.  Our next Miss Teen Texas International has the opportunity to represent her cause, travel the state, become the best version of herself while making a difference AND she gets to represent Texas at the Miss Teen International Pageant in Florida in July 2016. That is an incredible opportunity — an honor that will stay with you throughout your life. Whether you place or not, you get a scholarship simply by winning Miss Teen Texas International 2016. Now, if you place at Miss Teen International, you get even MORE scholarship.  And if you win the title of Miss Teen International 2016?  You get a FULL scholarship to Hollins.  As in, all of your tuition is paid. Paid!!!

Talk about being the best, most educated version of yourself!

If you know the International Pageant System, you know it’s about uplifting women and helping them to become even better versions of themselves. What better way for the crown to help you than to give you a life-changing education?

Read this post on the International Pageants blog for all the details: http://theinternationalpageants.blogspot.com/2015/05/miss-teen-international-pageant-hollins.html

Sign up today for your chance to become Miss Teen Texas International 2016!

This beauty can help get you a college education.

This beauty can help get you a college education.

Sparkle and shine, ladies!


Executive Director, Texas International Pageants


Staying True to Yourself: Thoughts from Mrs. International Farabe’ Algor

Hey Texas! Are y’all busy preparing for Mrs. Texas International 2016? You are one month closer to walking on that great stage in Garland, Texas, and one of you is one step closer to joining the Mrs. Texas International sisterhood. With that being said, it is important that you not only stay focused on you and your goals, but also remember to be you and not to try to fit into one of the past queen’s shoes.

You are each unique and you each have an amazing story to tell (and remember that regardless of your placement). Don’t mold yourself into my look, Whitney’s, Rachel’s, Suzy’s, or any of the past fabulous queens that represented our great state. Each one of us are so different, yet we all had the same drive and goal in mind when we walked into the interview room.

Don’t change your look, the way you wear your hair, or your platform because you think you should pick one that was a “winning platform” in the past. Be YOU! Be the queen that is already representing her town, county or area with style, grace and beauty. Our system truly is one that has a different look each year. Not every system can say that, and you can clearly look back at previous winners and see that for yourself.

Mrs. International 2014 Maggi Thorne and I are not what you would call

Mrs. International 2014 Maggi Thorne and I are not what you would call “twins,” but we share something very important: being true to ourselves as individuals, and to our commitment to serve others. Official portraits by Clay Spann Photography at Competitive Image.

Winning a state title pretending to be someone you really aren’t deep-down will make for a very long year. Compete as yourself. Remember, no one does you better than you!

Until the Mission is Complete,


Farabe’ Algor

Mrs. International 2015

Mrs. Texas International 2015

Traveling as a Pageant Queen! Tips from Miss International Elise Banks

Traveling is a way of life for Miss International Elise Banks!

Traveling is a way of life for Miss International Elise Banks!

For the last 6 months, I have been doing lots of traveling as Miss Texas International and now as Miss International! I thought I would share some of my tips for those of you making appearances around your city or state!

  1. Make sure to plan out enough travel time. One piece of advice that I received that I will never forget is “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, why bother showing up.” Always plan for potential traffic or lines at the airport. It’s better to be early and have time to adjust your crown, than to be running in late having to apologize!
  1. When traveling for appearances where you need to pack:
  • Make sure to pack your essentials and toiletries
  • Always bring an extra outfit (you never know if you’ll have a wardrobe malfunction or if an extra event is planned while you’re in that city)
  • Bring shoes that can go with several outfits to reduce how much you’re packing
  • Carry your crown/sash with you on the plane (just in case your luggage gets lost, you don’t want those two things to be in your suitcase)
  • Have all the contact information for the places you will be going while in town, make sure you know what type of transportation you will need (driver, taxi, subway, Uber), and again account for the fact that you are in a different city.. So leave early!
  1. Make sure to get plenty of rest, water, and vitamins! Traveling can take a lot of energy out of you. With the hustle and bustle of catching planes or a lengthy road trip, make sure to let your body recuperate.

    4. Travel safe! If you are able to, have your pageant director, family member or friend accompany you on the trip. If you have to travel alone, make sure that someone knows where you will be and where you are staying. Safety is always the priority.

    5. Capture the journey! Your year as Miss ___________ (fill in the blank!) will flash before your eyes. Make sure to take lots of pictures of the events that you attend. One of my favorite things to do is go back and re-live the appearances I have been doing. I also encourage you to journal about your experiences. You will meet so many people and have so many great opportunities during your year, writing about them is a great way to “pen” down how you were feeling during that moment!

    Wishing you much success and safe travels as you venture across your city, state or country spreading awareness to your platform!

    All my Texas love,

    Elise Banks
    Miss International 2015

Working your platform: Mrs. International Farabe’ Algor shares a few tips

Hi Texas ladies. I’ve been nonstop lately working my platform, Beyond Glory- Supporting our Veterans, and thought I would jot down a few things to help you prepare for the Mrs. Texas International pageant. With the interview portion being 50% of the score, you cannot neglect your platform work. It is so important to understand the WHY behind your platform, meaning why you chose it to be your platform in the first place. The judges want to see a personal connection. When you are passionate about something one can almost guarantee you will not neglect it in the future.

It is also very important to make meaningful appearances. Sure, anyone can throw on their crown and sash and take a picture, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to connect with influential organizations that fall within your platform and work together to make a positive difference. With that being said, don’t be scared to think outside of the box. For example, in regards to my platform work specifically with veterans with PTS (drop the D, people) I can work with an organization called Canines 4 Hope that provide veterans and their family members with assistance and hope to once again live a fulfilled life.

Begin preparing now for your personal interview. Google, study everything about your platform and start answering practice questions. When your official contestant handbook arrives in the mail, you will have more information available to you in regards to interview and who the official state sponsor is. Remember, the early bird catches the worm. Xo!

Until the Mission is Complete,


Mrs. International 2015/ Mrs. Texas International 2015

I enjoy working hard for many veteran support organizations. As an international spokesperson for Heroes on the Water, I get to spend a lot of time in canoes and kayaks as a peaceful activity for our veterans. It's my pleasure to serve!

I enjoy working hard for many veteran support organizations. As an international spokesperson for Heroes on the Water, I get to spend a lot of time in canoes and kayaks as a peaceful activity for our veterans. It’s my pleasure to serve!