Miss Petite Wesley Chapel 2024 Aline Giampietro Trifonov will compete for the title of Miss Petite Florida in March. (Photos provided by: Georgi Trifonov Photography) 

Local music instructor Aline Giampietro Trifonov didn’t have to win a pageant to be named Miss Petite Wesley Chapel 2024, but she did have to apply to the Miss Petite Florida pageant with professional pictures. She says that candidates for the title are selected based on their contributions to their community. 

“Through my performing, teaching and work in the performing arts, I was able to demonstrate a significant contribution to Wesley Chapel,” Aline says, “and I had to show the pageant how my work has {done} exactly that for our community. In addition to being a performer and music teacher, I’m also an entrepreneur and I work as a freelance petite model, and I want to represent other petite women.” 

Aline says the Petite USA Pageant is the #1 pageant in the U.S. for petite women 5’6” tall and under. If you’ve ever watched a Miss America or Miss Universe pageant, it’s obvious that the contestants are tall and willowy. 

“So, the Miss Petite is a great opportunity for me to represent and inspire other women who wish to pursue modeling, regardless of their height,” Aline says. 

Aline is not only a music instructor, but also an aerialist who performed at the Whinge Festival in Ybor City in December.

The 5’-2” classical pianist, performing arts advocate and founder and executive director of the Piano Performance Arts Academy, LLC, in Wesley Chapel, who is originally from Brazil, was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2024 Florida Petite pageant, which is the official state preliminary pageant for the National Petite USA Pageant. The State Division will be held the weekend of March 8-9 at the Embassy Suites hotel on the USF Tampa Campus and, if Aline wins the Florida title, she will advance to the national Miss Petite USA 2024 pageant, which will be held in July 31- Aug. 3 in Chicago. 

Petite USA™ was founded in 2009 to be a platform for petite women who are 5’6 or less. According to PetiteUSA. com, it is the nation’s largest pageant system for petite women and is proud of its history and past queens. The pageant offers titles for five different divisions: Teen, Miss, Ms. Mrs., and Elite Ms., in more than 50 different states and regions across the U.S. The Petite USA pageant is the official preliminary to the Universal Petite pageant, where petite women from all over the world compete for the coveted Teen, Miss, Ms., Mrs. and Elite Ms. Universal Petite titles. 

“What attracted me to enter this pageant is the opportunity to represent my community, serve others through my leadership and have an opportunity to have a much bigger outreach,” she says. “I love the fact [the pageant] embraces a sisterhood attitude with a healthy competition, and they have their heart in promoting our personal platforms. This is much more than just a beauty competition. It allows women to speak of their leadership, service and how we can use our voices to make a difference. I would love to expand my voice in the performing arts, music education and champion other women’s beauty as well.” 

Aline, who also is the vice president of the Music Teachers National Assn. (MTNA) and an aerialist with the Aerial Dragons group in Ybor City, is seeking sponsorships to support her attempt to reach the national event. In addition to cash sponsorships, she is seeking a seamstress, pedicures, a photographer, help with wardrobe, shoes, hair extensions and more. 

“Help me extend my voice through performing arts, fashion and music!,” Aline says. “Together, we can do it!” 

To help or for more information, call Aline at (813) 528-3638 or email her at PianoPerformanceArts@gmail.com. 

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