Miss Massachusetts USA Elia Gjanci Aspires To Be A Role Model On A National Scale

As a child, a role model can be one of the most important factors in shaping you into the person you will become. Often in today’s digital world, young girls choose their roles models not just from within their families or communities, but from the celebrities they see on glossy magazine covers, on television or on the pageant world.

Elia Gjanci, who'll be competing in the 2018 Miss Massachusetts USA Pageant, aspires to be a role model on a national scale - "I've always admired watching pageants. The women are beautiful and speak so eloquently. They do so much for the community. They have such high hopes and dreams. They are very passionate about their future. I realize that it's not just their outer beauty that they portray walking in pageants and it makes me want to be one of them" - she explained.

Elia currently works for the Department of Public Works in Framingham as a Program Manager. Although this is a job she never expected to get into, she quickly learned this is her passion - "I love to serve the public and help others. This field has been extremely eye opening and gratifying in the few years I have worked here. We all know how difficult the snow season can be in the New England area."

One major aspect in her work she is involved in is Snow and Ice operations - "I help organize and dispatch employees to quickly and efficiently clear the roads for the residents. Due to finding my passion, I am currently pursuing my Masters in Public Administration and will graduate in May 2018."

As many other girls, she has prepared the Miss Massachusetts USA Contest by maintaining a healthy diet, keeping up with her boxing workouts regularly and practicing her walk.

She also started a fundraiser campaign with Mass General Hospital in Boston, Ma for Scoliosis Awareness - "I am personally affected by this as a child and it is something close to my heart" - she explained.

If she wins the crown Elia will have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss USA 2018.  Check out my interview with her below!

What unique characteristics would you say you bring to the competition?

The unique characteristics I bring to my competition are ones of perseverance, dedication, and gravitas. Each one of these characteristics has allowed me to stand where I am today.

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

By competing in the upcoming pageant Id like to not only share my hard work and dedication with judges and other participants but also inspire young women who would one day like to join the sisterhood.

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Hair & Makeup: Seaglam - Photography: Justin Hammond

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Hair & Makeup: Seaglam - Photography: Justin Hammond

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?

I can't say that it was my dream as a child but I always enjoyed watching pageants. As I got older it became a passion of mine to compete one day and am so thankful for this opportunity. The young women that compete in pageants are held on a high standard and I like the challenge of being able to achieve and surpass that standard.

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

In my experience social media has helped promote the beautiful faces of all the women participating, regardless of their achievement in the pageant. It has created a community that we have much needed but were lacking in the past. Having shared a few of my pictures recently I have noticed an outpouring of love and support from that same community and knowing that we have each other's back, even virtually, is inspiring.

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

Having competed in the past I would say there has always been room for improvement. It is natural to feel disappointed to not place or be given the opportunity to show more of yourself but I have taken each experience as a steppingstone to the crown. It has made me a better participant and perhaps even Miss MA in November.


We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference?

I want to be able to spread confidence to all girls through my personal experiences. I came here at a young age and worked extremely hard to get to where I am now. I want people to know that you can do anything as long as you set your mind to it. There will always be tough times but you have to be tougher. I think that is very important in shaping a person. With media causing too much self-doubt in young women, I want to be the one to enforce that they are all beautiful inside and out and they all matter.

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Hair & Makeup : Beauty PaRLR - Photography: RLR Studio

What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?

Work hard, and never ever ever give up. Perhaps we may not all win the crown but a true queen lives within all of us. The best investment you can make is to find her.

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