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How did I prepare for my trip to Italy to represent North America at Miss Italy World?

-Boost immunity, eat well and hydrate

-Train hard and rest well

-Study and practice Italian Language!

I will fly to Calabria. Calabria is a beautiful city of approximately 2 million people located in the ‘toe’ of the Italian Peninsula located in Southern Italy. Calabria is famous for its mountains and its coastline. The sea around Calabria is clear; the temperature in Calabria in June is quite warm. It will be anywhere from 25-35 degrees Celsius during my trip!

Io capisco un po L’italiano addesso; ma Imparerò molto di piu per prepararsi al Miss Italia nel Mondo.
“I understand a little of The Italian language, but I will learn much more to prepare for Miss Italia nel Mondo.

The Winner of Miss. Italia nel Mondo remains in Italy for 3 months! I am so excited for this pageant. I am practicing and training exceptionally hard every day. Recently ‘The Wire’ did a really nice feature about my win and the upcoming pageant in Italy. If you are in Peterborough be sure to pick up the most recent copy of The Wire to read all about it. The Examiner also published a story about my win. I spoke with them again today actually. They will be publishing an in depth bio about me in the upcoming days. Be sure to keep an eye out for it. I will also be sure to post the links when they are available!

If you want to check out the original story they did, simply click here. A new window will open with the story available for you to read.

Learning Italian is surprisingly easy for me. I am currently finishing 2 -3 lessons per day of ‘Pimsleur Italian’ I have 90 lessons in total to have a good grasp on the language in its entirety. Today I am on lesson 13. I have a set schedule for learning so that I will be finishing this course during my first 2 weeks in Italy.
I will be able to apply the first two thirds of the coursework in Italy upon my arrival! Exciting!

Not only am I brushing up on learning a whole new language, I am also training 6 days per week. On the days that I am not running – I am boxing, and on days that I am not doing either of those: I am weight training or hitting the sauna. It is a lot of work to prepare for this pageant. Boxing professionally has been helping me get into the best shape of my life!

I could not have done any of this without the amazing ladies who run STRUTT Central – Thank you to Christina and Caroline. You make girls’ dreams come true! Be sure to check my blog often as I will be posting updates throughout the pageant. For the most up date information follow me on twitter!

Frequently asked questions about Miss Italia nel Mondo:
FYI – TWEET ME YOUR QUESTIONS AT @TheresaLongo & I will answer them!

Q- What is Miss Italia Nel Mondo?
Miss Italia nel Mondo or Miss Italy in the World is an Italian beauty pageant for women of Italian heritage which has been held since 1991. Dozens of countries from around the world send contestants.vie for the crown annually in the pageant held each year in Italy.

Q- Has anyone from Canada ever won Miss Italia nel Mondo?
No one from Canada has won the title of Miss. Italia Nel Mondo

Q- Who hosted the pageant last year?
Sophia Loren hosted the Miss Italia nel Mondo Pageant last year.

Q- Where can I watch the pageant if I live in North America/USA?
At this time, the broadcast information is unknown. The date will likely
be June 25, 2011 – Although I will confirm this information here when I
become aware of it.

Q- What are you going to have to do for your talent?
I will likely sing a song. If you have any Italian song suggestions for me,
be sure to Tweet them at me!

Q-What does the winner of Miss. Italia Nel Mondo receive?
Although these details are still fuzzy as well, rumor has it the winner
receives endorsements, modeling contracts, cash prizes, clothing,
scholarships, movie/tv deals, and full accommodations in Italy. Again,
as I find out this information I will be sure to add it to the Q&A

The ‘Miss Italy of the World’ competition will be hosted in Reggio Calabria. This year’s pageant is the 5th consecutive Miss Italia Nel Mondo Competition.

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Canadian Feature Film Actress & International Model. Qualifications include live television, feature film, radio experience, TV Host, event production, & PR. Theresa flexes her knowledge of brand development and marketing while pursing a career in the arts industry in the heart of downtown Toronto. Skilled as a strategic marketing & planning expert, Theresa Longo travels nationally and internationally as a Corporate Brand Ambassador and loves to write and record original music.