Miss New York USA Advocates for Domestic Violence Awareness
Miss New York USA Hannah Lopa says her personal definition of success was finding the motivation to escape a physically, mentally and emotionally abusive relationship and regain control of her life.
Throughout her year as Miss New York USA, the 25-year-old says it's her personal mission to help raise awareness about domestic violence and dating violence, because of the abusive relationship that she endured. As part of this mission, she's involved with various women's shelters in her community.
"There's a lot more notoriety there that comes with being the title holder now. So, I like to use that power for good to bring awareness for different causes. I've been working with Willow Domestic Violence Center here in Rochester [and] Best Buddies of New York," Hannah recently told Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle. "It's definitely cool to have everyone's attention, but I'm still just Hannah, so I guess if I have that attention I might as well use that momentum for something good, for something positive."
As far as her reign as Miss New York USA so far, Hannah says she's constantly been on the move since receiving the title.
"It's definitely been a whirlwind. A lot more community involvement for me which is really, really cool to be able to more involved in the Rochester community and to help bring everyone together under a common goal. A lot of traveling," Hannah told Democrat & Chronicle before heading to Las Vegas for the MISS USA Competition. "I'll be boarding my 30th flight this year this evening to head down to New York City to shoot a commericial for the live [Miss USA] broadcast."
The 2017 MISS USA® Competition will air live on FOX Sunday, May 14th at 8pm ET from Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA.