Some Jovani glam and some models that Dazzle


There was a lot of Jovani style and a lot of “Dazzle” on Jan. 21 in Oxford, Conn.

Dazzle Boutique, owned by Laurye Natale, held its first ever “Dazzle Girl” contest as a way to showcase local models as well as the latest designs by Jovani, which is known for prom, pageant, and formal gowns.

Ten finalists wore a variety of Jovani designs and walked before judges from Jovani at the event, which also served as a Jovani trunk show where guests could buy the gowns they liked on the runway.

Alyssa Anderson of Wolcott was selected as the first-ever Dazzle Girl. Among the prizes she received was an opportunity to model for Jovani at the brand’s New York City showroom.

Kaitlyn Dupont was selected as first runner-up.

“I am so excited and thrilled (to win),” said Anderson after her selection by the representatives from Jovani. “I’ve been shopping with Laurye for as long as I’ve been competing in the Miss division in the Miss America Organization. To be her official Dazzle Girl is an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m super excited.”

As for getting a chance to model for Jovani in New York, Anderson said, “I am thrilled. Jovani is truly a brand I’ve been following. Their designs are incredible. I’m looking forward to working with them.”

The participants in the Dazzle Girl contest were as follows:

Contestant 1: Karla Aponte Roquer

Contestant 2: Alyssa Anderson

Contestant 3: Ava Onofreo

Contestant 4: Olivia Burt

Contestant 5: Kaitlyn Dupont

Contestant 6: Brooke Cyr

Contestant 7: Lauren Molella

Contestant 8: Kaitlin Moreno

Contestant 9: Lindiana Frangu

Contestant 10: Jo Jo Shields