While many people think of the American people as descendents of northern European stock, millions of modern Americans are descended from Italian immigrants. In fact, Italian Americans are the fourth largest ethnic group in America. Overall, an estimated 6 million Italians immigrated to the U.S. between 1820 and 2017.
Over the last decade two women with Italian roots have won the Miss USA Pageant. Will she be the next ? The beautiful Gabriella Decologero will compete in Miss Massachusetts USA later this year and she's proud to be able to call herself an American-Italian - "I was born in Massachusetts but spent most of my childhood growing up Italy with my family where my mom was born. I am 100% Italian and can speak fluently in Sicilian. My double cultural identity has made me extremely blessed and grateful of my cultural background as for who I am today" - she explained.
As she competes for the title of Miss Massachusetts USA she advocates women’s equality and empowering young women to believe they are not inferior or less important than any other man - "I believe that true beauty is held within and by competing in the Miss Massachusetts USA pageant this November I will inspire many young women in our society to gain confidence and truly love them selves for who they are."
Gabriella is currently 19 years old and a sophomore student at Endicott College majoring in business marketing. I had the opportunity to interview her on her preparation for the Miss Massachusetts USA Contest. Lets know a little more about this beautiful and inspiring woman through this interview!