REDWOOD CITY, California - Filipino-Dutch-American model Candace Kendall joins 50 other contestants from around the country to compete at the Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Kendall was crowned Miss New York last January.
"Being part Filipino, I've received so much support that I'm really grateful for," Kendall said in a phone interview with Balitang America.
If she wins, Kendall will go on to represent the United States at the 2014 Miss Universe competition.
Kendall said if given the chance, she would like to visit and possibly model in the Philippines in the near future.