Get To Know Miss Westchester

Nadia Manginelli

Age: 22

Lives in:
North White Plains

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Has lived in Westchester for:
6 years 

What she loves most about the county:
Everything you can think of is right near you—restaurants, shopping, train stations, parks. It makes for perfect access, without the overwhelming feeling of the city.

Has been competing in pageants: Since I was 17. My first pageant was a small, Italian one that represented my father’s home region—Puglia, Italy.

Favorite thing about wearing the crown: The little kids’ reaction to it: Their faces light up. If I can make someone smile, then I feel complete. 

Why she thinks she won: My platform, which is the American Cancer Society. I lost both of my parents due to cancer when I was 16, and that is a society that is close to me and has given me hope and strength.

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A lot of negative, tragic things occurred in my life and that of my family’s. But I believe everything happens for a reason, and we have the ability to turn negatives into positives. I like to think that the judges really saw that about me and chose me for these characteristics.

Plans for after giving up the crown: I think I’m going to retire from competing. I’d like to focus on my career, perhaps learn some architecture and business.

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

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Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

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Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

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Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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