Shana Silva Is Set To Represent The Portuguese American Community At Miss Massachusetts USA

The first recorded group of Portuguese immigrants arrived in the United States in 1820. The majority of these immigrants were Azorean men who worked on American whaling vessels. An expanding whaling industry and poor living conditions in the Azores increased the level of Portuguese immigration during the 1860’s and 1870’s, which was the heyday of U.S. whaling trade.

There are almost 250,000 residents in Massachusetts who claim Portuguese as their primary ancestry, which is 4.3% of the state’s total reported ancestries.

Shana Silva's grandparents immigrated to the United States from a small island located in the Azores of Portugal, in hopes to create a better life for their children - "I am very grateful to have grown up a first generation Portuguese-American. I I have learned many values by my immigrant Parents such as how to work hard and fight for everything you want in life. I want to inspire others to never settle for anything less then deserved, my families determination to work hard for better opportunities is proof of that" - she explained.

Shana is employed at a local Credit Union while studying at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in which she will graduate this December. Since the age of 16 she has been working and attending school full-time - "I am very thankful of the upbringing my family provided me. I have been able to mature and work diligently towards my dreams."

I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Shana about her preparation for the upcoming pageant. Lets know a little more about this beautiful and inspiring woman through this interview!


What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants?

What truly inspired me to walk the course of beauty pageants was the potential to have a positive impact on youths. I want to demonstrate to young generations that if they can imagine, they can reach their dreams. Regardless of what is going on or not going on, or what others might say, I want them to understand it must never define who they are, with hard work they have the power to change, to accomplish their every dream.

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Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). Is this your case? And if so, why?

When I was younger I did watch pageants and I truly admired them. I always thought about what it would be like to be a contestant and what it really took. Though I was always under the impression that those were girls who were afforded special privileges, different girls. I realized one day that I was different, I am special and I can do it. I began to see all that I can do in this world. I saw an open door of opportunities.


Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?

With everything in life there are pros and cons. I do consider social media advantageous to not only myself but also many women in pageantry. It is a large platform to showcase the many tremendous women who are in pageantry. They are able to gain followers through social media and many who want to follow their journey. Hopefully this can inspire many other women.

Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?

I wouldn’t call them major disappoints but I do find myself sometimes questioning if there is more that I could do. But then again I always strive to over achieve. Though stop and remind myself who I am and where I came from. I keep in mind why I enrolled to compete. The ability to inspire women, and to shine on that grand stage as my true self.

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Thanks to the beautiful Shana for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Massachusetts USA pageant.