Last Sunday night, while we were all watching the conference finals for the Super Bowl or doing some other Lazy Sunday shit, Candace Kendall was crowned Miss New York USA 2014 at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, New York. The 25-year old Rochester native graduated from St. John Fisher College with a BA in accounting and has been a professional model since 2011. She will be representing the state of New York in Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant this summer. Whether she looks Filipina or not, she is proud of her 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.
“I’m fortunate to have a Filipino background. It really helped me in Singapore… It kinda gives a look where a lot more people can relate to it. It helps me in being in Asia to model there,” she said.