Meet the New Miss New Jersey, Augostina Mallous

I don’t know about you, but the world of pageants has definitely not been on my radar for some time. However, more than 2.5 million people participate in contests each year. One of them being Miss New Jersey, who crowned a new winner just days ago.

Dennis and I always hold a special place in our hearts for Miss New Jersey. First because, of course, New Jersey. But also, we’ve been lucky enough to have a few Miss New Jerseys on our show over the years, and we’ve always been impressed with their intelligence, poise, and of course, their beauty. As we all know, there’s something about a Jersey girl that gives her a little something extra, in a good way.

The Miss New Jersey pageant dates back to 1933 and has continued to crown winners every year since.

Augostina Mallous, who placed second last year, returned to compete this year and eventually won the title of Miss New Jersey as well as a $19,000 purse. It seems Middletown High School has a secret sauce in its water supply because Augustina graduated from Middletown in 2019, which is also the same school last year’s winner graduated from.

Mallous is now a student at Hofstra University and plans to compete in Miss America next year following her victory in NJ this year. After taking second place last year, Augostina has worked diligently throughout the past year to ensure she takes home this year’s crown. With a solid dance background, she participated strongly in the talent round and received the talent award with her routine on the song “fame”.

Augostina also had very strong interview responses, when asked about sensitive topics such as Roe v. Wade, his answers only impressed the judges. As the winner of Miss Jersey, Augostina will continue to promote her initiative to prevent human trafficking and serve as a role model for young girls her age in New Jersey as well as wider areas.

New Jersey adults can certainly look forward to the positive impact it will have on younger and growing communities.

The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Judi Franco only.

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