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Penn State alumna to compete in Miss PA USA 2018 highlights importance of body positivity

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July 21, 2017

Bertha Castaneda said she sees herself as spontaneous and adventurous.

So, when she decided to submit an application to compete in the 2018 Miss PA USA pageant competition, she had no idea the contest committee would choose her.

“It’s kind of a funny story,” she said with a laugh.

Castaneda, who hails from Washington D.C., said she tries to watch the Miss USA pageant every year. When she noticed Miss District of Columbia won two years in a row, she said she felt “inspired” and wanted to be like her.

“It was nice to have a winner that was beautiful on the outside but also on the inside,” Castaneda (senior—information sciences and technology) said.

Courtesy of Bertha Castaneda