This lovely lady is the newly crowned Miss New York, Elisabeth Baldanza. The 23-year-old Mercyhurst College student is an aspiring motivational speaker who performed a dance routine to a song from Ragtime during the talent competition. Also, she's from Oneonta.
Yup, that's right, folks - the town Just Left of Nowhere produced New York's entry to the Miss America field. And since I'm a townie and have townie friends, I have an inside source (read: bus buddy) who revealed the following about Ms. Baldanza's childhood:
- She was a brown-nosing workaholic who never did anything besides schoolwork and dance (ballet).
- She was hot even then. "Oh yeah," said my source, giving a reverse head nod to indicate that there was no questioning this.
UPDATE: Fine. Fine. Here's the faraway shot: