CLEVELAND, Ohio – Odds are you haven’t heard of the Miss Supranational pageant. But if Kent State student Angela Ritossa has her way, you’ll be very familiar with it in the next few months..
Ritossa was crowned Miss Ohio Supranational earlier this year and will compete later this month to become Miss U.S. Supranational. That would earn Ritossa a trip to Poland for the an International competition that will stream live to more than 100 million people in 120 countries worldwide, according to the pageant’s website.
Miss Supranational is relatively new in the pageant industry. The first contest was held in 2009 in Poland. The annual event focuses on women with natural beauty and grace.
Ritossa, 19, has been a fashion model for various retailers for five years. But Miss Ohio was her first major pageant.
“I just wanted to try something new,” says Ritossa, a junior fashion merchandising major at Kent State. “I don’t seem like a pageant girl, because I don’t like getting all dressy or talking in front of people. But I loved it and just wanted to more.”
To earn the title of Miss Supranational, Ritossa will have to excel in all three of the pageants categories: Swimwear, fancy evening wear and a questionnaire, the latter of which she says she most intimidated by.
But Ritossa is no dummy. She made the Dean’s List at Kent State University last fall and hopes to work for a major fashion company after college.
“I really want to travel the world,” says Ritossa. “I’d be on top of the world and I’d get to go to Poland.”