Rochester native Candace Kendall won Miss New York USA 2014 title last night. She will represent New York in Miss USA pageant this summer.
Thank you so much everyone for the support!! I am truly honored to be your new Miss New York USA! ❤️
— Candace Kendall (@CandaceMarie3) January 20, 2014
Kendall is no stranger to pageants as was also crowned Miss Teen New York in 2006 and represented the state in Miss Teen USA that year. She is a professional model and holds a degree in finance and accounting.
“My father is Dutch and Filipino, my last name Kuykendall is Dutch, but my grandparents were from the Philippines, and I heard a little bit of Tagalog from them but I don’t now how to speak it myself,” Kendall said in a previous ABS-CBN News interview.