Miss Rhode Island USA 2023 is Mary Malloy

Cumberland's Mary Malloy was crowned Miss Rhode Island USA 2023 on Sunday, May 28 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS) in Providence.

The first runner-up was Katie Bergantine while Jesaura Peralta, Briana Vega, and Kaitlynne Santana were announced as the second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively.

No stranger to pageantry, the new Miss Rhode Island USA is a former Miss Rhode Island Teen USA titleholder. She also participated twice at Miss California USA where she placed first runner-up in 2021 and Top 16 semifinalist in 2022.

Mary will now prepare for the Miss USA 2023 pageant to be held in Reno, Nevada later this year and hopefully conquer the second national title for the state after former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo in 2012.

The 26-year-old is a journalism graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a mental health advocate who volunteers as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit that provides free mental health support.

For Miss Teen USA 2023, the Ocean State will be represented by Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2023 Lola Paolissi who was crowned by her predecessor Julia Potts during Sunday's event.

Sophia Pachis, Ocean Lombard, Paige Doyle, and Krisity Sanethavong were declared the runners-up for the teens' division.

Meet the new queens:

Photos: Daniel Gagnon, Miss Rhode Island USA / Instagram


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