The first ever Miss Dog Mom USA has been crowned in New York City, following a lighthearted competition in which women proudly promenaded, posed, and danced alongside their furry companions.
The pageant, which writer Rachel Syme described in The New York Times as “a live-action mash-up of Best in Show and Drop Dead Gorgeous, with a dollop of Dance Moms,” offered contestants the chance to win $1,000, a sash, and a yearlong contract to appear in parades and other events.
A dog lover and former Miss Teen USA contestant named Desh Valcin dreamed up the event a few years ago, and made it a reality in May.
After an opening dance number, contestants moved on to a costume competition and an evening-wear segment in which dogs and their masters dressed to impress.
Maria Ducasse, a 34-year-old professional dog walker, and Bella, her Shih Tzu-greyhound mix, ultimately took home the night’s top honor — despite an awkward moment when Bella got tangled up in her leash.
so ok I went to a dog mom beauty pageant https://t.co/xEpv4QsXnn
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) June 14, 2019
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