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Ashley Cariño biography: 13 things about Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2022

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Ashley Ann Cariño Barreto is an Afro-Latina psychosocial rehabilitator, model and beauty queen born in Puerto Rico, United States and raised in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida, USA. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. Her mother Olga Arline Barreto participated in beauty pageants in Puerto Rico.
  2. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She is 5’11” tall.
  3. In 2000, she and her family moved from Puerto Rico to Kissimmee.
  4. In 2012, she graduated from Professional and Technical High School in Kissimmee.
  5. In 2015, she started working as a psychosocial rehabilitator at Insight Behavioral Health Specialists in Kissimmee.
  6. Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from 2020 to 2021, she worked as a social rehabilitator with a behavioral specialist while studying aerospace engineering at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. On October 31, 2020, she took to Instagram to encourage her followers to vote during the U.S. presidential election on November 3, 2020.
  7. On July 18, 2021, she represented South Kissimmee at Miss Florida USA 2021 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Coral Springs, Florida. She won the title, besting 70 other candidates. It was her first beauty pageant. 
  8. On November 29, 2021, she represented Florida at Miss USA 2021 and competed against 50 other candidates at the Paradise Cove Theater, River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. She was second runner-up to Ellen Elizabeth ‘Elle” Smith of Kentucky.
  9. On December 7, 2021, she was awarded a proclamation from Kissimmee at the city’s commission meeting for her Miss USA 2021 placement. She also rode along with Osceola County sheriff Marcos Lopez in the St. Cloud Christmas Parade.
  10. On May 2, 2022, she visited San Juan, Puerto Rico. On May 7, 2022, she took to Instagram to pay tribute to her mother who she described as a great mother, daughter, wife, friend and businesswoman.
  11. On June 23, 2022, she participated in an event in Fajardo, Puerto Rico where she talked to young people from the town and neighboring towns. She also gave them a copy of Rachel Ignotofsky‘s 2016 book “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World.”
  12. On August 11, 2022, she represented Fajardo at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2022 and competed against 27 other candidates at Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in San Juan. She won the title.
  13. She was 27 years old when she was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2022. She will represent Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2022.
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