Tonight, Miss New York Hannah Lopa will be vying for the title of Miss USA.
The 25-year-old hails from Rochester, New York, and been involved in pageants for years. She trained as a competitive dancer in her youth, and tonight, she’s ready to strut her stuff in Las Vegas in the hopes of taking home the crown.
Read on to learn more about Hannah Lopa.
1. She Works in the Motorsports Industry as a Sportscaster
Lopa currently works as a sportscaster in the motorsports industry, which requires a lot of traveling. In 2016, she traveled to 26 states for her job as a brand ambassador and spokesmodel for national and international motorcycle brands. Hannah is a huge racing fan, and plans to earn her motorcycle license one day. In her intro video for Miss USA, she says, “I love riding motorcycles. Really anything that goes fast– four wheels or two, but I definitely have to say that I prefer two wheels.”
After taking home the Miss New York crown, Hannah spoke to Democrat and Chronicle about what the win meant to her and how it changed her life. “It’s been overwhelming in the best way. It’s just really amazing that the Rochester community has come together to support me and congratulate me. People I haven’t talked to in a long time… everyone’s just coming out of the woodwork and I’m just excited to represent all of them at Miss USA this summer.”
2. She Is a Former Competitive Dancer
Lopa is trained in many styles of dance. Throughout her career, she has competed as a dancer, and continues to express herself through dance as a coach and member of sports teams in the Rochester, New York, community. She tells Democrat and Chronicle, “Always dance. I grew up dancing… all the way up until my senior year of high school.” Asked by the outlet how she maintains a healthy lifestyle, Hannah says that she loves yoga; it keeps her physically in shape, and also helps her stay calm and focused.
3. She Is a Former Makeup Artist
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Lopa is a former makeup artist at Scott Miller Salon in Pittsford, New York. She says that while she pays to get her hair done each year, she’s still committed to doing her own makeup.
Hannah may look different to judges this year because she recently dyed her hair from platinum blonde to red. She tells Democrat & Chronicle, “There were a lot of blondes competing. This is actually a lot closer to my natural color… I feel very confident and very empowered and I feel like this matches my personality a lot better.” Lopa later added “If that’s what my team thinks is going to help … and catapult me into being successful in this competition I’m willing to do whatever it takes.”
4. She Earned a Degree in Communications and Media Arts
According to Pageant Update, Lopa earned her degree in Communications and Media Arts.
While in college, she was chosen among thousands of applicants to be a part of the Disney College Program, where she played a Disney character.
5. She Won the Title of Miss New York After 7 Attempts
Lopa is no stranger to the world of pageantry. Her mother entered her in her first pageant when she was just four, and she won the title of Miss New York after seven attempts (including two as a teen).
Shortly after winning the title of Miss New York, Hannah told Pageant Live, “Just to be doing it for the fifth year in a row… I was a lot more calm this year than in years past just because of my experience from previous years. So I think that helped me a lot this weekend… Normally I’m much more nervous and anxious, and I was just super calm and excited and taking it for what it was.”