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Meet Mrs. Alexandria, Michelle D'Ettorre

Posted on Dec 10,2008
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photos by John Arundel/Local Kicks

For anyone who might have once imagined that the Mrs. United States pageant was reserved for older, more matronly types, meet Michelle D'Ettorre.
The 29-year-old D'Ettorre was selected last week by the regional pageant competition as its Alexandria winner and spokeswoman, and is now headed for the state pageant next May in Williamsburg. The winner of the "Mrs. Virginia" pageant will then be en route to Las Vegas, for a competition with prize money and national sponsorships.
"I've gotten great local support," said D'Ettorre, who lives in the Kingstowne area with her husband of two years, Stephen D'Ettorre, the director of government affairs for a DC-based non-profit.

photos by John Arundel/Local Kicks

Well-spoken and vigorously active in the pet adoption movement, D'Ettorre moves on to the state pageant with a serious mission to communicate. "My platform is Adopt a Pet," she said. "I want people to know that by bringing a pet into their lives by considering adoption, they enhance their lives several times over. There are so many pets who need a home."
Locally, D'Ettorre had the support of Lorraine Aprile Salon on N. Fayette Street in Old Town which  helped D'Ettorre with her overall appearance like hairstyle and makeup, and Alexandria-based Cascades Photography, which took her official headshots to help her win locally.
A native of New Orleans, D'Ettorre majored in Athletic Training at the University of Alabama and began her career in health club management at Sport & Health Clubs, before she found her "true passion" with helping pets. She now works as VP, Operations at Barkley Square Gourmet and Pet Boutique in Del Ray, where she manages the new boutique and makes dog-walking assignments for Karing by Kristina.
"I'm very honored and excited by this opportunity

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