Mrs. New York America is a state preliminary to Mrs. America that serves to celebrate married women of New York, their families, and their communities. This year’s winner of the pageant, Chloe Rosen, is a Beacon resident who loves living in the Hudson Valley and giving back to her community through acts of service. Not only is she a longtime volunteer, but she is also a writer, comedian, actor, and marathon runner on a journey to empower women in her community.
Growing up, Rosen was surrounded by pageantry because her mother was involved with the production of the Miss Illinois and Miss America systems for over 20 years. Rosen, however, never took part in the pageants because she knew if she competed, her mother would have to step down from her position. The decision to start competing came after she ran the New York City Marathon and felt burnt out and in need of a goal that wasn’t related to running. Rosen was always inspired by the pageant girls and their amazing accomplishments, so, after she got married, she signed up for the Mrs. Central Park pageant for the first time. She was living in Manhattan at the time and won third runner-up.
For Rosen, who is a huge creative, having studied acting at the New School for Drama, the pandemic hit hard because it took away her ability to be on stage. Not only did pageantry give that opportunity back to her, but it also married her love of running, service, and performance. As someone who is often encompassed by all the good pageants do, Rosen found it disappointing that those outside of the competition world are still stuck in what she calls a “Miss Congeniality era thought pattern,” perpetuating negative stereotypes of pageants on social media and in real life.
To combat this issue, Rosen decided to build her own social media consulting company, Rosen Media, through which she promotes positive stories that make pageantry relevant to people who take it at face value or who may not know what it’s truly about. Although Rosen herself is not a pageant coach, her company seeks to inspire women and show them that pageants are not superficial and are not about looking a certain way but are rather more focused on being real and enacting positive change in our communities.
Aside from empowering women with her company, Rosen also motivates young girls to be the best version of themselves through her work coaching the Hudson Valley chapter of Girls on the Run. For Rosen, running was how she found her social group, but after running the NYC Marathon, her first post-pandemic race, she struggled on the course and was alone when she finished. This experience made her wonder where the support was for the back of the pack, and after that she knew she wanted to be involved in motivating impressionable girls to believe in themselves and give them a skillset that will follow them through life, not just on the track.
To Rosen, volunteer work is so important because she was given a second chance at life at a young age, when she overcame a rare and deadly form of meningitis. As she grew up, Rosen realized her passion for helping others who have been marginalized through no fault of their own and she has since volunteered in over 20 countries, most notably working with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Tanzania and South Africa. Then-Senator Barack Obama recognized her work with this foundation and nominated her for the Presidential Points of Light Award, which was presented to her by George Bush. Rosen laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington on National Purple Hearts Day to showcase New Windsor’s National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
In our community, she is focused on getting involved in the area’s history, like visiting America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery, and being a part of the Hudson Valley’s many Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5ks. Rosen is honored to be a part of and represent so many different organizations, and she believes that you do not have to be a pageant winner to use your voice for good.
Rosen’s parents taught her “Whatever you do, leave it better than you found it,” and this is what she hopes to achieve with her year as Mrs. New York. She wants to encourage people to do the same and use their voice for the betterment of the world, whether it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen or signing up for a pageant. Most importantly, Rosen wants to leave a positive legacy well after she no longer holds the title of Mrs. New York and plans to continue doing service that empowers and inspires more women like her in the Hudson Valley and beyond.