Ms United States and sister Miss New York, Liana Baratta embark on a their mini tour to Washington DC & RIchmond Virginia. The sister queens visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, visit with designer Michael Taylor in Richmond, and take in the sights of the nation's capital.
Visit to Saratoga Springs Elementary School and Middle School to present her B.Youneekly Balanced workshop and do some reading with the first- graders.
Graziella was a "character" at the very first 140 Character Conference on New York City. Graziella, known as @MsUnitedStates and @GraziellaB on Twitter, was able to meet friends she has tweeted and networked with for over a year in person.
Ms United States goes on a mini- tour to Virginia for a number of appearances. Upon arrival, Graziella was interviewed by Annie Tobey of V Magazine for Women. Next, Graziella visited with designer Michael Taylor in Richmond, who is designing her walk- away gown for the 2009 pageant, then followed by a mini- photo shoot by Corey Daniels. Ms United States was also treated to a beautiful stay at the Wintergreen Resort where she was an honored guest at the concert of Jonell Mosser, and had the honor of interviewing her.
Graziella & her sister queen Brittany Wilians made a dual appearance at the Virginia National Teenager Pageant.
Graziella attended the Mom It Forward The 12 for 12K for Kenya Fundraiser in Soho, New York with fellow "Twitterers."
Graziella and sister Liana made an appearance at their alma mater, the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, NJ to present B.YOUneekly Balanced, a workshop for teens on how to be their best possible selves based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
Appearance at the Ms. and Mrs. Delaware United States 2009Pageant
Ms United States and Miss New York, Graziella's sister Liana appeared at McArthur High School in Long Island, presenting B.Youneekly Balanced, a 45 minute interactive presentation on Healthy Habits for Life and I am For Women.
Feb 22- 28
Graziella meets with Gary Vaynerchuk internet TV celebrity and social media guru to get some sound career and personal- branding advice. Read the post on her trip. Graziella begins to get involved with multiple projects including expanding her internet TV shows Graziella TV and Pageant Chat TV. Graziella also became a part of The Digital Collective, a web TV project that will be launched very soon!
Graziella attended Digital Moda by the Style Coalition during New York City's Fashion Week.
Graziella did some microblogging on Twitter during the Digital Moda event and got some insider views on 2009's upcoming fashion trends.
Interview on Graziella TV with NYC designer, Tamara Pogosian
Graziella spent a busy January choreographing & editing music for all the dance classes she teaches, filming new episodes of Graziella TV, and new episodes of Pageant Chat TV, where she regularly covers her platform messages: "Healthy Habits for Life" and "I Am For Women."
Graziella is spending some much needed quality time with family and friends during the holidays after a busy several months as Ms United States 2008. :-)
Graziella attended the Comedy Cures Laughing Lunch
Graziella attended the Q-Scan Annual Banquet along with G-Volution (her dance company) who performed three numbers for the event.
Ms United States had an impromptu New York City photo shoot with her sister- queens, Miss United States 2008 Brittany Williams (visiting from Las Vegas) and Miss New York US 2009 Liana Baratta.
Graziella is featured in the Supermodels Unlimited Magazine"Most Beautiful Edition- Power Women" along side 21 other celebrities including Daisy Fuentes, Kristen Haglund the current Miss America, former Miss USA Shandi Finnessy, Giuliana Rancic E- News host, former Miss USA Chelsea Cooley and Haylee Duff just to name a few... Magazine is on stands now through December.
Graziella appears in Pageantry Magazine for a dreamy 3- page recap of the Ms United States Pageant. Magazine is on stands now until end of Winter 2009.
Ms United States is the celebrity spokesperson for Q-Scan (The Queens Sickle Cell Anemia Network). Graziella participated in the Q-Scan Walk-a-thon and spoke on behalf of the organization in Queens, New York.
Graziella met with national sponsor Lia Sophia's regional unit in New Jersey, where she was presented with a beautiful gift!
Graziella took some time to see the sights of Las Vegas, and then traveled down the Nevada/ California coastline to arrive in Los Angeles for a little vacation.
After the big win, Graziella has a mini- photo shoot with her sister Queens, and around the Orleans Hotel.
Graziella Baratta, (Ms. New York) is crowned Ms. United States 2008 on July 17, 2008 at the Orleans Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada! *See the Gallery page for official competition photos
After some more rehearsals, the Games began! Today, the official Ms. United States competition began with Personal Interviews.
July 14- 15
After hours of rehearsal for the national pageant, the girls kicked off their competition spirit in the "Supermodel With Style" Fashion Show Contest. Graziella won 1st runner up in her division for Supermodel With Style!
July 13- 14 Evening
All the United States contestants wore red outfits to support the American Heart Association's Go Red Campaign, and traveled to the Fremont Experience in the heart of Las Vegas to greet fans.
July 12- 13
Graziella arrives at the Orleans Casino/ Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the Ms. United States Pageant 2008, as Ms. New York 2008.