Rowena Karmy has everything you’d expect a pageant queen to embody: beauty, grace, and a killer smile. But she has much more than that—She is is ambitious and she could be a role model to all the young girls out there who want to be a queen.
In her junior year, Rowena started to become more involved with humanitarian causes around her. She became deeply involved in initiatives to aid refugees, orphans and foster children. For example, she designed her senior project to help kids in orphanages learn about eating a balanced diet by performing cooking lessons - "I now know I have the power to change lives" - she added. She also traveled to Sri Lanka where she helped build homes, bathrooms and gardens for unprivileged families for 3 weeks.
Rowena would like to be the next Miss New York USA to gain an even greater leadership role in her community and is hoping to become a reference point for young, courageous women - "Being a beauty queen is not just a walk to show off your body or your face or what you have on, it is a walk towards an influential position of responsibility, to have a louder voice and a larger role to play in the world. It was the perfect combination for me."
If she wins the crown she will have the opportunity to represent her state at Miss USA 2018. New York is one of the most successful states at Miss USA, and is ranked third in terms of number and value of placement across all years of competition. New York's strongest run was an unbroken string of placements from 1957 to 1966. New York also had a streak of 3 consecutive 1st runner-up placements from 1972 to 1974. If Shanna Moakler is counted, New York has the third (equal) highest number of Miss USA victories. They also have the third highest number of semi-finalist (or better) placings (33).
I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Rowena a few days before the Miss New York USA Pageant. Lets know a little more about her below!