More than just a 'pretty face'

Rotterdam resident captures Miss NYC title

Capturing the first Miss New York City competition went to a local resident and she said it takes more than just good looks to come out on top.

Brittany Jasenski, a 22-year-old Rotterdam resident, was crowned the first Miss New York City during the competition held the weekend of Feb. 5 to 6 in Manhattan at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. The pageant is also unofficially being considered a preliminary pageant to the Miss New York USA Pageant. In winning the crown, Jasenski won a gift and prize package including paid entry into the upcoming Miss New York USA Pageant, a 1-year modeling contract, a trip to Las Vegas to watch the Miss USA Pageant in June, as well as other various prizes and sponsorships.

To be named Miss New York City 2011 is such a prestigious honor, and to be the first, that's just unreal, said Jasenski. "There's so much hard work and preparation that goes into competing in a pageant such as this, this is so very rewarding. I look forward to representing New York City the best I can. It's going to be lots of fun."

She said the judges look for contestants to demonstrate beauty, confidence, enthusiasm, communication skills and intelligence. The first day of the contest had judges interviewing the women, while the second day featured the swimsuit, evening gown and on stage questioning. There were more than 30 contestants in the final round of the competition.

"It was a huge adrenaline rush and it kind of got me addicted in that way," said Jasenski.

During her senior year at Mohonasen High School she received something in the mail about competing in a pageant and she decided to enter on a whim. In her first pageant, Miss New York Teen USA 2006, she came in third place runner up out of 163 girls.

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