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Juliandra De Jesus representing community as Miss Cape Coral

By KATIE EGAN - | Mar 18, 2021

Photos provided Juliandra De Jesus is Miss Cape Coral.

Meet Juliandra De Jesus, the new Miss Cape Coral.

She’s been selected to represent Cape Coral at the Miss Florida USA/Miss Florida Teen USA Competition.  

The city hasn’t had a Miss Cape Coral for a while, and you may be hearing from De Jesus soon.

After earning her makeup certification at age 15, she began her six-year career as a professional makeup artist, which eventually led to her interest in content creation.

De Jesus is fully committed to launching her platform, Everybody Eats, and running her business, Waste Free Universe.

Juliandra De Jesus

Her selection as Miss Cape Coral was based on her academic and professional interests, involvement in her community, her passion for the pursuit of excellence and her interest in empowering other young women to follow in her footsteps.

In her free time, De Jesus runs an Instagram account dedicated to spreading information about climate change. She champions food security and has been volunteering at the Adventist Community Services Pantry of Cape Coral for three years.

De Jesus hopes to expand her efforts throughout Lee Country and eventually the state of Florida to ensure that everyone is able to put food on the table.

The July 2021 competition will qualify two women from Florida to advance to either Miss Teen USA or Miss USA and ultimately to Miss Universe.  

 The sponsored prize package includes over $100,000 in gifts, cash and scholarships for both Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida Teen USA, including the official crown and sash, round-trip airfare to Miss USA/Miss TEEN USA, an official competition evening gown, official crown portrait, fitness coaching, skin care and hair care.  

The coronavirus has made it more difficult for De Jesus to get her message out.

Due to the pandemic and events being canceled, she said it’s been hard to track down who is in charge and sometimes events don’t go through as planned.

But, De Jesus is here, she wants everyone to know it, and she’s happy to help.

“I know Cape Coral hasn’t had a Miss Cape Coral in a long time,” De Jesus said. “I feel like I’m starting this all over.”

She’s lived in Cape Coral for five years.

She realized about a year ago that she wanted to run for Miss Cape Coral. At the time, De Jesus was attending college in Fort Lauderdale.

Before entering, she did makeup backstage for pageant contestants.

She saw what the system was like and the women who were a part of it.

They inspired her and De Jesus said she felt compelled to apply.

“When I worked as a makeup artist backstage, I could have conversations with them about their achievements and that really inspired me,” she said. “I realized that if they could do it, I could do it, too.”

In August, De Jesus found out she got her title.

“It worked out well and I’m so grateful to represent Cape Coral,” she said.

De Jesus had been around the pageant world as a makeup artist and she knew what it entailed, but this was her first time competing herself.

One of her goals for the platform is to help with food insecurity in Cape Coral.

“Get the word out and help as many people as I can,” De Jesus said.

She also wants to prepare herself to be able to take on a much larger platform for other possible future roles, like Miss Florida USA.

When asked why she chose food insecurity, one of the reasons De Jesus mentioned was because she’s experienced it herself.

De Jesus has also volunteered with various organizations for years.

“I think most of us have suffered from food insecurity without maybe realizing it,” she said. “And if we’re privileged enough, I think we should lend a helping hand if we can.”

De Jesus is fully committed to launching her platform, Everybody Eats, and running her business, Waste Free Universe.

She started it when she lived on Florida’s east coast.

“I realized how much trash there was all over the city,” De Jesus said. “But we experience it all over Florida. Some people have a litter problem and it’s really bad. Not only for us, but for animals as well.”

“I’m passionate about the environment. I think it affects all of us.”

De Jesus wants people to know that she’s here, that there is a Miss Cape Coral.

“I’m approachable and people can talk to me,” she said. “Hopefully, this opens the door and I can talk to more people from the city and hopefully this leads to more collaborations.”

To contact De Jesus, please email her at juliandradejesus@gmail.com.