BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Lights, camera and action, Bloomfield resident, Brittany Ann Cadet is a contestant for the 2017, Miss Essex County pageant.  The young 19-year-old is presenting a Salsa dance in custume  to the sounds of the Cuban song called, “Quimbara,” by DLG. 

The song was originally performed by Cuban recording artist Celia Cruz and Dominican recording artist Johnny Pacheco.  Released in 1974, it’s a salsa piece.

Both of Cadet’s parents are from the Dominican Republic, and the selection for the salsa piece was an easy choice.

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“Back in the fall, a friend of mother’s asked me if I was interested in competing in a pageant.  When I found out, it was scholarship, I wanted to do it,” Cadet said.

Cadet is a Sophomore at Essex County College studying Liberal Arts and is entering the scholarship pageant in hopes of transferring to Montclair State University where she will major in Public Relations and minor in Communications.

She graduated from Bloomfield High School in 2015 and moved to Bloomfield from Jersey City when she was seven years old.

“This is my first pageant, and my grandmother from Dominican Republic is here for my pageant.  I am happy that my family will be in the audience,” Cadet said.

Cadet’s mother, Anna Rodgriguez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, competed in pageants for 10 years in her country.  It’s like mother and daughter come full-circle with the pageantry circuit. 

 “There was the capital of Dominican Republic pageant, but then there were smaller ones from the cities.  My mother can’t wait to see me compete, it will bring back memories from her pageant years,” Cadet added.

The Miss Essex Pageant’s Director is Rosa Baez who is making her directorial debut as this year’s director. 

“I am excited about working the pageant this year.  My daughter competed in the past, and I wanted to keep the pageant going,” Baez said.

The pageant breaks down by the following: Talent portion is 30 percent and the running time is 1 minute and 30 seconds; Private Interview is 25 percent; Swimsuit is 10 percent; Evening Gown is 15 percent and Onstage Question is 20 percent.

There are a total of 6 contestants competing.  There will be one winner for the Miss Essex County crown and one runner-up.

The Miss Essex Pageant winner will be crowned on Sat., Jan. 28 at the Bloomfield Middle School. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 and $15 for Senior Citizens and students.  The pageant starts at 3 p.m. and kids under 3 are free.  For more information, visit Facebook: The Miss Essex County Pageant.

“This is the official local pageant of the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation and the Miss America Organization.”

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