WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A biologist, chemist, wife and mother of two boys, Faudia Ali-Silletta, an Eastchester resident, is also Mrs. New York International 2016.
Crowned earlier this year, Ali-Silletta will next represent New York in her quest for the title of Mrs. International 2016 this summer in Jacksonville, Fla.
A native of Vreed-en-Hoop Guyana, Ali-Silletta has a master's in microbiology and chemistry. She became licensed as a medical technologist in New York just a few years after becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Growing up in a single-parent household with her mother, Shabeeba, and two brothers, Zaiyad and Frankie, Faudia honed the qualities needed to succeed in life all the while helping others, said a release.
“I’ve always been one to solve problems, and so the medical field, specifically clinical laboratory work with an emphasis in microbiology and chemistry, seemed like a natural fit for me," she said.
Being "striking in appearance" is only one factor of becoming Mrs. International. The annual pageant is for married women with exceptional personal and professional stories.
Faudia, is looking to represent all of New York, the Guyanese population at home, and the wide diaspora in the USA, Toronto and the United Kingdom, according to the announcement.
While traveling round the state, she will seek to raise awareness and funding for the fight against the homeless, orphans, battered women, drug abuse and teenage delinquency, depression, breast cancer awareness and autism.
Click here to support Faudia Silletta. Online voting began April 1.
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