Saturday, March 28, 2009

Welcome Home, Miss Brooklyn!

I live in an amazing neighborhood, located in an amazing borough full of involved, compassionate, generous and kind individuals.

I'm humbled to have been the guest of honor at this past Thursday's "Miss Brooklyn 2009 Homecoming Party" sponsored by my neighborhood, the NY Steakhouse, and the Be Proud Foundation. I was amazed at the fantastic turnout- guests included local politicians, media and press, local entertainers and my neighbors! Special thanks to the NY Steakhouse for kindly hosting this event, Galit Couture for providing a beautiful gown for me to wear as well as doing my makeup, Raisa Chernina for her tireless effort planning this party, and all of the amazing sponsors of the Miss Brooklyn Organization!

I've begun working out with the official fitness sponsor of Miss Brooklyn 2009- Ellen Stein (see my earlier post for all of her contact info and certifications)! The training we're doing together is primarily focused around Russian Kettlebells. We've only had two sessions, but I'm feeling the burn already, and Ellen promises to "toughen me up", so I can't wait to see what she throws at me next! (See the above photo of me doing a "windmill"- awesome for the obliques!)

I also had my first airbrush tanning session with the official tanning sponsor of Miss Brooklyn 2009- Pacific Tanning in Park Slope! Thank you to Maria for helping me achieve a healthy glow the healthy way! Pacific Tanning ( ) is located on the 2nd floor of 376 9th St. in Park Slope, and offers traditional tanning beds in addition to custom airbrush tanning and Mystic tanning. Pacific Tanning will be generously donating their services weekly from now until the Miss NY pageant. Their number is: (718)499-5274. Summer is just around the corner, Brooklyn- stop by and get glowing!

Congratulations to this weekend's new titleholders- Miss Sullivan County 2009- Felicia Ramos, Miss Southeast NY 2009- Melanie Hildebrant, and Miss Mohawk Valley 2009- Lynn Adele Tryon. I'm so excited for the opportunity to get to know each of you at Miss NY this year; and a special note to Lynn- you've got big shoes to fill (my amazing sister Kieren was Miss Mohawk Valley 2008), but I'm confident you're up for the challenge!

On a related note, congratulations to Kira Hirschfeld- Miss Sante Fe 2009! Kira's my best friend from acting school who moved back home to New Mexico but came all the way to NY to see me compete in last year's state pageant! After some convincing, I finally was able to talk Kira into competing in Miss NM prelims this year. This girl embodies the values of the Miss America Organization and truly LIVES her platform. She was obviously a perfect match for the program!

I can't believe the Miss New York Workshop weekend is only a few short weeks away! Although prep for the state competition is always on my mind these days, I'm sure attending the workshop will only amplify my excitement!

Each week as Miss Brooklyn 2009 brings a new surprise or opportunity, and I am constantly humbled by the amazing responsibility and honor I've been given as a representative for our illustrious borough. I promise to keep up the hard work!