When Kirtland Hills 10-year-old Gracie Fusco learned she was named the December winner of TheCuteKid.com‘s monthly contest, the Notre Dame Elementary student was amazed.
“I was so excited when my mother told me I was chosen as the overall December monthly winner,” Fusco said. “I know how many thousands of children enter each month, so I felt very honored.”
Apparently winning photo competitions and beauty contests is nothing new to Fusco, who already has quite a resume.
“She does all natural pageants,” said her mother, Gina. “Being 10 years old, Gracie’s not allowed to wear any make-up but she does talent and modeling. She holds eight state titles and four national titles. She is currently the 2012 Miss American Sweetheart for the MAC Pageant System. What’s nice, she wins a lot of things but she takes it in stride and is very appreciative for what she wins. She has been a national photogenic winner but I think this is truly an honor because there are a lot of pictures involved.”
Of more than 4,000 submissions nationally, Gracie was one of six monthly winners. She received a $1,000 U.S. Treasury Bond and was entered into the running to become The CuteKid of the Year, which she didn’t win. Still, Gina feels getting noticed out of so many other submissions was something special.
“I was very excited to hear she won,” Gina said. “It was a really cute picture but all of those kids are adorable. Every child is beautiful. I knew they’d have a good panel of professional judges so that made me feel even more proud that they felt she was deserving of the win.”
CuteKid Casting Team Director Judy Goss said her organization, which boasts over 4 million members, acts as a modeling and acting resource for parents looking to get their children into the industry.
“Usually kids are picked based on their look as much as their personality in the photos,” said Goss, a former Ford Agent and model. “Now the CuteKid contest is a photo contest, so the photo has to be something that really represents the beauty that’s inside and out of the child.”
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