What It's Like to Be Miss New York USA

Joanne Nosuchinsky on being an unconventional beauty queen.

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/.

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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