About a month ago, I had the good fortune to photograph Miss America Nina Davuluri. A few weeks later, I found myself in the company of the lovely Yaritza Reyes, the current Miss Dominican Republic. Hey, I may be onto something here with beauty queens! Anyway, Yaritza was in the states for the first time to get her visa for travel to Moscow where she'll be competing in the Miss Universe pageant. After her day of interviews and such ended, we got to spend some time with Yartiza. We ate dinner and had a lovely time with her in our home. Later, we spent some time in our great city of New York where she had some fittings to attend for a fashion show the next day. Seeing this beautiful young lady, all of only 19 years old, her first time in New York was fascinating. She was mesmerized by the city and you could see the whole world in her smile as she marveled at everything around her. It was late by the time we returned from the city. We popped a bottle of Champagne to wish Yaritza well on her journey and to congratulate her on her success so far. Even though it was past midnight, she was gracious enough to me get a few photos of her. We truly wish her all the best! This year, will be the first time I actually tune into the Miss Universe pageant and watch with all eyes on and rooting for Yaritza to win! When she does win, of course I'm hoping to add MISS UNIVERSE to my portfolio!
Miss Universe contestants