Jazell Barbie Royale rose from a field of 40 contestants to be chosen as Miss Continental 2016-2017, Monday, September 5. The two-night contest, which took place at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., was the crowning touch on an extended Labor Day weekend filled with pageantry.
Royale is pictured with Continental Pageantry System founder Jim Flint ( center ), Miss Continental Elite 2016 Teryl Lynn Fox ( left ), Mr. Continental 2017 Antwaun Steele ( second from left ) and Miss Continental Plus 2016 Natasha Douglas.
As a particularly emotional culmination of the night's events, Royale collpased on stage as she first learned of her victory. She was quickly helped up and supported by many others, including the new Mr. Continental.
Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ( www.MysticImagesPhotography.com ).