Influencer: Molly Andrade

Our Miss Rhode Island has an extended reign, her own ice cream flavor, and sights set on serving in public office


Your reign as Miss Rhode Island has seen our state through some of the most turbulent times in recent history, and due to COVID-19, you will be serving an additional year. How do you feel about the extension?

For the first time ever, I’ll be serving for two years in a row. Having the opportunity to represent our great state for an additional year is an incredible honor! This year will be dedicated to continuing my work with my social initiative SARA (Sexual Assault Resistance and Awareness) to empower women through the art of self-defense. I’m also looking forward to being out in the community again and plan on making the most of this extra year.


What are your favorite small, locally owned businesses to buy things like gowns, jewelry, and everyday clothes?

As Miss Rhode Island I love being able to highlight our incredible local businesses. For pageant/prom wear I always trust Infusion Boutique in Warwick. In Newport I love Groove for summer wear and everyday clothes, and Jason & Co. for jewelry.


What are your favorite Rhode Island summer treats?

Growing up on Aquidneck Island, I have gone to Frosty Freez in Middletown since I was a kid. Last summer I partnered with them to create Molly’s Mocha Chip, where a portion of every cone purchased goes to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!


Where do you find signs of hope in Rhode Island?

Our state motto of hope is truly fitting. No matter how small or grand the act of kindness is, Rhode Islanders show up and that’s what makes our small state so special.


What do you think is the most beautiful spot in Rhode Island?

Anywhere you can see the water and sunset make for some of the most beautiful moments that you can experience just about anywhere in our state. I encourage people to explore a different part of our small home and revisit what makes our state unique.


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