My name is Annaliese Arena, and I am 15 years old. I am a ballet dancer, and I am on pointe. I am also a model specializing in print and runway work. I have modeled for PFW, NYFW, ACFW, FWR and Premier Philadelphia Hair Show with Clark Russell for Martino Cartier. I have worked with many couture designers and retailers in the Philadelphia/NJ Markets and consider myself very fortunate for the experiences I have had.
I am committed to volunteering and have won several national volunteer awards, Special Mayoral Recognition by Rochester, New York's Mayor Lovely Warren, and a Presidential Volunteer Service award. I have 1900 hours in the past 7 years and I am building on that all the time.
My platform is It's Not Their Fault - Advocating for Children in Foster Care. I have partnered with several organizations including my favorite Worth More Nation which offers a Miss Worth More Nation Pageant for Girls in Foster Care, for which I am the assistant director and also emcee. I love interacting with the girls and empowering them to know that no matter what happens in their lives - they are Worth More. I also work to provide comfort and joy items including Comfort Cases that we give to foster care agencies for the children to have when they are ripped from their homes in trauma, abuse and neglect circumstances. They are filled with items of comfort such as pajamas, a blanket, a book and hygiene items. I also work to collect holiday gifts during our annual holiday gift drive. These are just some ways we can all work together to help the more than 400,000 children in the US who are in foster care, 25,000 of which are in New York state.
I run track and am on the honor roll at Mendon High School, one of the top high schools in New York State. Prior to 9th grade, I was homeschooled in order to pursue my dance and modeling dreams which somehow I am still managing to juggle while attending a more traditional school setting.
I love shopping and coffee and spending time with family and friends. One day I hope to earn a degree in business with a concentration in the fashion industry. I also dream of walking the runway in Paris Fashion Week and
being a Victoria Secret Runway model!
I have won many titles and trophies in pageantry including the following:
2018 Miss New York Junior High School America (Top 15 at Nationals)
2016 National American Miss National Pre-Teen Third Runner Up Volunteer Service
2016-2017 National American Miss Pre-Teen Miss Rochester
2016 National American Miss New York Pre-Teen fourth runner up
2015 USA National Miss New York Pre-Teen Queen
2015 USA National Miss New York Pre-Teen Role Model
2014 - 2015 National American Miss National Jr. Pre Teen Volunteer Service Second Runner Up
2014 -2015 National American Miss New York Jr Pre Teen Queen
2013 National American Miss New York Jr Pre Teen Fourth Runner Up
I have also won many top five National American Miss New York Pre Teen and Jr Pre Teen optional placements in talent, photogenic, top model and caualwear modeling.