What It's Like to Be Miss New York USA

Joanne Nosuchinsky on being an unconventional beauty queen.

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From the documentary series New Yorkers comes a short profile of a rookie contestant who entered the 2013 Miss New York USA pageant as "Miss Hell's Kitchen" and won. Moonshot Productions, the filmmakers behind the ongoing portrait series, interviewed Joanne Nosuchinsky on the set of a glamorous photo shoot to hear what it's like to be a newcomer to the world of beauty competitions. This short is just one of many about the diverse cast of characters that populate New York's boroughs, including a locksmith, a Shaolin monk, a gospel singer, a street pianist, and more.

For more work by Moonshot Productions, visit http://moonshot-productions.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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