The French Embassy echoed with excitement on Saturday, March 18, 2017, as contestants, dignitaries, family, and friends waited in anticipation for who would be crowned the next Mrs. District of Columbia America. The evening was dubbed, “a night of beauty, fashion, and philanthropy”, and that it was indeed!
The Mission of the Mrs. DC America pageant, “publicly recognizes beautiful married women, living and/or working within a 25-mile radius of Washington, DC, who have obtained personal, professional, and community achievements. An official preliminary pageant to Mrs. America and Mrs. World, the Mrs. DC America Pageant welcomes women from all ethnic backgrounds to compete in a yearly pageant for the title of Mrs. DC America”. The Executive Director of the Mrs. DC America pageant, Raquel Reily Thomas, along with her executive team selected nine women to share in the 2017 pageant experience.
Representing several areas of the Washington, D.C. community; nine women graced the stage that evening:
- Mrs. Capital Hill: Kristal Quarker Hartsfield
- Mrs. Downtown DC: Farzaneth Seifi
- Mrs. Dupont Circle: Leaiah Rocheleau
- Mrs. Georgetown: Natalie Caprano
- Mrs. Kalorama: Treava Hopkins Laboy
- Mrs. Near Northeast: Mara Teresa Duvall
- Mrs. Northwest: Joyce Vializ
- Mrs. Penn Quarter: Julie Cangialosi
- Mrs. Petworth: Chananuch Podaras
The hosts for the evening were Renee Allen and Rick Bernstein.
Queens from all over the East Coast came to support their fellow sister Queens as the competed for the Mrs. DC America crown.
A special treat for the evening was the crowning of Little Miss DC America.
The ladies competed in three categories: the Parade of Costumes, Swimsuit and Evening Gown. Of course, we can’t forget the Question and Answer portion of the program also.
For the parade of costumes, contestants were asked to showcase a costume that reflected “something emblematic” of Washington, D.C. From the American Dream Eagle costume to the African America History Museum, these ladies represented DC well!
The ladies wowed during the Swimsuit portion of the competition.
The ladies looked dazzling in the evening gown portion of the competition.
The Top 3 Contestants for the evening were: Mrs. Petworth, Chananuch Podaras; Mrs. Dupont Circle, Leaiah Rocheleau; and Mrs. Penn Quarter, Julie Cangialosi.
Julie Cangialosi, Mrs. Penn Quarter, was crowned Mrs. District of Columbia America 2017 before the night was over!! Julie will use her platform to bring awareness to pregnancy loss and support survivors of miscarriage. As winner of, Mrs. D.C. America, her year will be filled with appearances, promoting businesses in the DC area and much more. She will represent the married woman of Washington, DC in the Mrs. America pageant in August, and if crowned Mrs. America, she’ll move on to compete for the title of Mrs. World.
With family being the fuel that runs this pageant train; husbands, children, family and friends of contestants were all in attendance!
It was a wonderful experience and so much fun to be able to dress up and celebrate these married women who are making a difference in their community! If you are a Mrs. and want to know how you can compete next year, visit the Mrs. DC America site for more information. Who knows, I might be one of the faces on stage one day 🙂 Don’t forget to follow along on FB and Insta and never forget, no one compares to you!