Longo com­pet­ing in Ital­ian pageant

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL NEWS - KENNEDY GOR­DON Ex­am­iner Staff Writer kgor­[email protected] peter­bor­ough ex­am­iner.com

Peter­bor­ough’s Theresa Longo is head­ing to Italy in June to rep­re­sent Canada at the Miss Italia del Mondo pageant — so she’s work­ing on her Ital­ian.

“Un­for­tu­nately, no­body in my fam­ily speaks Ital­ian,” says Longo, who is of Ital­ian de­scent.

“Speak­ing Ital­ian will be part of the competitio­n, so I’m work­ing hard on learn­ing it as quickly as I can.”

The pageant is aimed at the Ital­ian di­as­pora, women of Ital­ian ori­gin liv­ing in coun­tries around the world. Longo was crowned Miss Italia North Amer­ica at a pageant in Hamil­ton and will com­pete against about 60 other young women from around the world.

Longo, 24, is a model and events plan­ner who spent 2010 as Miss Bud­weiser Honda Indy. She has also been the Toronto Sun’s Sun­shine Girl more than once.

The 2009 grad­u­ate of Trent Univer­sity’s busi­ness pro­gram was born and raised in the city, and is the daugh­ter of Chris and Ger­rine Longo.

Longo said she heads to Italy June 8, with the pageant hap­pen­ing June 25. The weeks prior will be spent re­hears­ing and tak­ing part in tele­vised ac­tiv­i­ties, as the pro­gram will be broad­cast on Ital­ian TV.

Founded in 1991, the pageant is held each year in Italy. Last year ’s win­ner was Kim­berly Castillo from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. Other win­ners have come from Switzer­land, the U .S . , Ethiopia, Aus­tra l ia , Brazil and Ger­many; no Cana­dian has ever won.

Theresa Longo

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