beauty pageant by Julia Ismail January 22, 2018
With superstars like Cardi B and Amara La Negra all over our social media feeds, it seems like Dominican women are taking over, and doing it in the best way possible.
26-year-old Genesis Suero, who hails from the Dominican Republic, was named 2018’s beauty Queen of New York on January 14th.
Born in DR, Suero moved to Harlem when she was just a child back in 2005.
Years later, she is finishing her degree in business management and holding down a full-time job as a beauty contestant.
My support system I won’t trade none of you for anything in this world. You guys were my fuel, I am so grateful for you guys to see with your own eyes what God had in store for me! I will forever and ever I love you all so much. I feel like most luckiest woman alive. I get to represent the Dominican Republic the land that gave me birth and the greatest city in the world that gave me the opportunity to be where I am today….. I want all of you to know that your New York City candidate for Miss USA is vibrant, kind, strong and beautiful! #GenesisSuero
Suero only became an official American a short seven years ago. After working at a Bloomingdales store as a skincare specialist, she was able to strengthen her English.
Even though the American language and customs are not natural to Suero, ever since she could remember, she’d wanted to compete in beauty pageants. She tells The New York Post,
“I remember watching TV in the Dominican Republic in 2002, and I saw one of the contestants for Miss Universe, and I said, this is what I want to do. This is what I want to be. This is going to be my career.”
“ I am the American Dream” • • @aridio.garcia My mentor the person who saw me 7 years ago in a local beauty pageant with no experience and you pull me to the side and said to me if you don’t win this I already have a plan for you, I am going to send you to @missnyusa and I asked him what is that? and he started on explaining what was @missnyusa I said to him but Aridio, I am not financial capable of doing that and I don’t know the right people that can’t help plus my mother is back home. I need to take care of her first than me! Year passes Aridio never desisted of the idea of sending me to @missnyusa I was hired by @esteelauder which I am very grateful thand I was capable of helping my mother to come to this country while meeting also the right people that was seeing something on me that I never knew I had. Year passes I call Aridio and tell him I am ready he told me I wanted you to do this when you were 21 but you are still on time let’s do this because you have a big chance to win @missnyusa is not easy but you can do it. First attempt just him and I top 20 second attempt winner! I am so grateful that you are in my life seriously this was a vision that you had for me the best intentions of help me grow all the tears, hard work, arguments, re doing things are the fruits of who I am today right now at this moment. • • @rafaelalvarezny Rafael Álvarez wow I cant express how you believe in me since day 1 and didn’t hesitate to sponsor me because you also do something in me that others door that I knocked didn’t you are my accountant, my friend, a inspiration and a hardworking man and a very living proof that dreams do come true in America. • • @pageantsmart Jorge wow I never met you in person our coaching sessions are trough screens from our computers. I am so glad that @chantelmartinezz @taylorkessler13 recommended to work with you and I didn’t hesitate because I was able to accomplish what we put on top of the table that #smartgirlsrock even when they have a very thick accent you are part of me, Jorgeeeee I am your first @missnyusa and I am so glad God chooses me to be, because you really taught me a lot. • Alan, Morris, Frank, and Sireen I Love all of you!
Living in Harlem, Suero has been open about the fact that she’s dealt with financial issues.
“I really want to share the gift that God has gifted me. He hasn’t gifted me financially, but he has gifted me a very amazing personality. I can make people laugh and I can make them happy, and if you can do that you don’t need money.”
The NY queen shows off her best qualities by simply being herself, bringing her diverse beauty to the contest and inspiring women everywhere to reach for their dreams because no matter how far out of reach they may seem, they are always attainable.
This is the first step of Suero’s journey. The pageant winner has a long and successful career ahead of her.
We’ll just have to wait and see what else she has in store.