By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Jan. 21, 2014
NEW YORK – Filipino-Dutch-American Candace Kendall was crowned Miss New York 2014 on Sunday night at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, New York.
The Rochester, New York native will represent New York in Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant this summer. If she wins the Miss USA pageant, she will go on to represent the United States at the 2014 Miss Universe competition.
Kendall, whose father is Filipino-Dutch, was also crowned Miss Teen New York in 2006.
The 25-year-old Kendall was a student accounting assistant at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
Since graduating in 2011, she has been working as a professional model.
In a previous ABS-CBN News interview, Kendall talked about her Filipino-Dutch roots.
“My father is Dutch and Filipino, my last name Kuykendall is Dutch, but my grandparents were from the Philippines, and I heard a little bit of Tagalog from them but I don’t now how to speak it myself,” Kendall said.
She said she dreams of being crowned Miss USA and then Miss Universe eventually.
Proud of her Filipino roots, Kendall said her unique mixed ethnicity is an advantage as a beauty queen and fashion model. It paved the way for a modeling gig in Singapore.
“I’m fortunate to have a Filipino background. It really helped me in Singapore,” she said. “It kind of gives a look where a lot more people can relate to it. It helps me in being in Asia to model there.”
Kendall said if given the chance she would like to visit and possibly model in the Philippines in the near future.
“I would definitely consider that,” she said. “I just want to pursue my dream first of becoming Miss USA. In the future I think that would be a great opportunity.”
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