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Miss Pennsylvania International™ 2019

Ashlyn Riccione


If you could teach a class in school, what would it be?
I would teach a course on budgeting and taxes. In todayís educational system Math, Literature and Science takes precedence over courses such Finance. As an older sister, I am able to firsthand see the unfortunate lack of knowledge the younger generation has on real world financial requirements and the basic concept of taxes. These few pieces of information can prepare our youth to be more successful in adulthood because knowledge is power.

Name one of your strengths and one of your weaknesses
I am an extremely passionate and driven individual. The desire to achieve my highest of goals, has led to overcoming obstacles and growing into a strong woman. Although this may seem as a strength, it is also a weakness. I tend to be head strong and think that plan A is the only plan possible. Its true that you donít have to see the whole staircase, but simply take the first step.

What qualities do you feel a titleholder should possess?
Miss International must be a well-rounded woman who is articulate, knowledgeable and extremely compassionate. She must uphold the value of service for others and empower those around her to do the same.

What makeup item could you not live without and why?
I could not live without proper skincare before applying any makeup. Suffering from extremely severe acne for most of my life, Mario Badescu Lavender Facial Spray has changed my skin immensely. I have gained so much confidence looking in the mirror and loving my smooth, glowing skin. Makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not cover it up.

Do you feel that beauty pageants help or hurt how society views women?
The beauty industry is rapidly changing as the biases of beauty pageants are as well. There are many stigmas of what a beauty queen looks like and sounds like traditionally, but as society is changing, so are those stereotypes. The beauty pageant community is exemplifying that women can be educated, established and beautiful. To be a beauty queen is to be more than a certain size shape and color.

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