Twenty month old Anniyah Hurd-Harders won Supreme Baby titles at the 2014 Kansas State Our Miss Diamond pageant, qualifying her to represent Kansas on the national level. Anniyah competed in McPherson over the weekend with other state preliminary winners in the 13-24 month old age category to capture the Overall World of Babies Supreme and the Supreme Sweepstakes awards. She qualified for the state pageant after winning the Supreme titles in a preliminary contest held in Great Bend last year.
As with the state competition, national World of Babies Supreme contestants present in a party dress and are judged on overall appearance, personality, presentation, and choice of garment. Supreme Sweepstake contestants are judged on the same criteria and will be required to present in five categories; party dress, Americana, black and white, sportswear and portfolio. Supreme WOB winners receive crowns, sashes and trophies, with the Supreme Sweepstakes Baby winning a $1000 savings bond. Contestants are escorted onto stage by their mothers and model in a traditional X pattern in front of three judges.
The national competition will be held in Chickasaw, Okla. in July.
The Our Miss Diamond pageant system is in its 29th year of operation. The premise of the pageant is every child should have the chance to be judged for their natural beauty by fair, impartial and unbiased judges on their own ability, talent and beauty. The pageant goal is to prepare every child, who has an interest, for the Miss America pageant system. The pageant also promotes family and community involvement.
Anniyah is the daughter of Alexis Hurd and Duncan Harders and the great-granddaughter of the late Calvin and Della Hurd, and Ron and Nikki Harders of Pawnee Rock. She is the great niece of Vincent and Gwen Caro, of Larned. Mrs. Caro is her pageant coach. Anniyah attends Tiny Tots Daycare in Great Bend.