Kaitlyn Monte is your classic, over-achieving, go-getter of a girl! She graduated college at the age of 19, she’s been performing with the USO as a Liberty Bell, was 1st runner up at Miss Sweetheart in 2008 and she finished as a preliminary swimsuit winner and 2nd runner up at Miss America. Probably a first born child as well (lol!) 🙂
Miss New York has come a long way in a short time… There’s a sort of ‘momentum’ that’s created when you have girls from the same state finishing strong in successive years. A girl who makes Top 10 helps the girl she crowns with her insight and ‘what i wish i would’ve known’ commentary, and the new girl finishes in the Top 5. We’ve seen it happen again and again in state after state. RARELY does a state come out of NOWHERE to win the crown… chances are, that state was at least a semi-finalist within a couple years of the state who wins it all. Given this info, we wouldn’t be surprised if Miss New York finishes with a Miss America sometime in the next 3 years. 🙂
Miss New York History: New York has had 3 Miss Americas… Bess Myerson in 45, Tawny Godin in ’76 and the infamous Vanessa Williams in ’84.
Items of Note: Miss New York head-shots are always, ALWAYS the best! Why? Hello – it’s NYC! Most of these girls have on-stage performance aspirations (be that acting, modeling or Broadway). You get good head-shots as a product of the environment!
Best Junkie Research Tool: Miss NY ’10 Claire Buffie has created a video series with each contestant called “What Do You Stand For?” Don’t bother googling “Miss NY”… you won’t find it… Start with this link here… and then you can see group 2, 3 and 4 on the right hand side. Group 5 hasn’t been released yet – so you can’t see all the contestants on video, but we’ll take what we can!
Who to Watch:
Maria DeSantis – Miss Americas Outstanding Teen (National Winner) in 07…Opera Singer
Mallorie Hagen – 1st runner up in ’11, tap dancer, 2nd time at Miss NY
Hannah Wright – 2nd runner up in ’11, ballet dancer, 3rd time at Miss NY
Desiree Wiley – 3rd runner up in ’11, lyrical dancer, 2nd time at Miss NY
Acacia Courtney – Connecticut MAOT contestant, interview winner, really long and tall 🙂
Shannon Oliver – extremely well spoken, 3rd runner up at Miss Virgina ’11
Whooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooo for the Empire State! Good Luck Miss New York 2012!!! 🙂