Meriden hosts pageant next month

MERIDEN — The city will host a pageant next month that emphasizes more than appearance.

Maricela Herrera, of West Haven, is the director of Mrs. Señora New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The Connecticut pageant contestants, who are from Waterbury, New Haven, West Haven and East Haven, will compete on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m at Silver City Ballroom at 16 Colony St. in Meriden.

During the ceremony — which will be in Spanish — the Connecticut contestants will model in three outfits: cocktail dress, national custom and evening gown. Candidates will be judged on personality, including how they express and conduct themselves.

The event will also feature musical performances and a local motivational speaker.

The state winners will go to New Mexico in August 2022 to compete for the Mrs. Señora United States crown.

Prior to the competition, Herrera is planning on preparing the candidates to help

them feel more confident.

“All these women that are going to compete have a story,” Herrera said.

Her goal is for each candidate to walk out of the event feeling “empowered.”

Laura Cuadriello-Arreguín, a local psychotherapist and life coach, will be the motivational speaker for the event. Things that complement a person’s appearance include preparation and personal development, Cuadriello-Arreguín said.

She is interested in informing participants about the importance of each part of human development, including how individuals evolve physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. She said academic preparation and life experience are also an important part of human development. Herrera decided to start the competition locally after she won the Mrs. Senora Bonita competition in 2018.

“It impacted me so much,” Herrera said. “I felt that I evolved. I felt so full and complete.” She said that through the competition she faced her own fears and insecurities.

“It caused a revolution inside of me, in my personal process that I was living and I said, I have to bring that to Connecticut,” she said. Tickets are available at

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