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Meet Miss Massachusetts 2017

Justin Hammond

Last November, Julia Scaparotti took home the crown of Miss Massachusetts USA. On May 14, Scaparotti will be looking to drop the “Massachusetts” and beat out 50 other contestants in Las Vegas to become Miss USA 2017. It’s a daunting task, but the 25-year-old Peabody native isn’t afraid to put herself out there: She hosts NESN’s “Dirty Water TV,” has been a Patriots cheerleader for two seasons, and bungee-jumped in the Alps.

Q. What kind of prep did you have to do before heading out to Las Vegas?

A. I relaxed and enjoyed the holidays after winning Miss Massachusetts, but as soon as New Year’s came, I got right back into it. Everything from fitness to nutrition, walking, interviewing, and getting my wardrobe together. I did also get to travel to see New York Fashion Week.

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Q. When did you start your pageant career?

A. I grew up dancing and singing and doing theater. I did some pageantry when I was a little girl, but it was always smaller organizations and I never won. Later on, I thought I wanted to be a news broadcaster, and so I thought pageantry would be a great way to open doors. Now that I’m older, I don’t really want to do hard news. I’d like to be more on the entertainment side. But [pageantry] has given me so many skills for that that I didn’t think it would.

Q. What are misconceptions people have about beauty pageants?

A. I think people have a stereotype that we only care about what we look like. That’s not true at all. Some of the women I’ve met through pageantry have been some of the most inspiring I’ve ever met. They have a lot to offer other than their looks. The swimsuit competition, which some people don’t like, is actually so empowering because we are really like athletes. We train like we’re Olympians. That point where we can wear a swimsuit and walk out in front of millions of people, it’s very empowering to show off all your hard work.

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Q. What was it like cheering for the Pats’ Super Bowl win?

A. People always say that Miss USA is the Super Bowl of pageants, so I remember thinking, ”I’m going to the Super Bowl and the Super Bowl of pageants in the same year! There’s no way I can top this.” It was strange [during the first half] because we’re not used to losing! As a cheerleader though, our job is to never give up and to encourage people to keep on believing, and it worked out in the end.

Q. What would you like to be doing in, say, 15 or 20 years?

A. People always laugh when I tell them this, but I would love to be the female version of Billy Costa. He does radio, which I love. My first job out of college was actually at CBS Radio. He’s always working, always hosting an event, attending some sort of nonprofit gala. That would be my dream ultimate goal, to be a Boston figure like him.

Q. I hear you’ve done your share of extreme sports. What’s the craziest adventure you’ve had?

A. When I was a junior in college, I studied abroad in Florence. One weekend we traveled to Interlaken in Switzerland, and I bungee-jumped off a 300-foot cliff in the winter time over frozen water. I remember calling my mom and her being kind of freaked out, saying “I know you already paid for it, but if you have any doubts, don’t do it!”

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Q. Any predictions about the Miss USA competition?

A. I keep saying: I’m either going to win or I won’t even place. I’m just going to go out there and do the best that I can and hopefully they love me and  I win, or maybe they’ll hate me and I’ll finish last. I’m just going to be me.


Alex Frandsen can be reached at alexander.frandsen@globe.com.