I had occasion to meet with Katrina Spagnoletti, a 56-year-old Ruskin, Florida resident. What is unique about this wonderful, high-spirited woman is at that age she competed against women 30 years younger than her and won the title of Mrs. Florida American 2020. After talking to her about her life and career, her resilience amazed me. Regardless of what she encountered, she stayed on the path to become a strong Black woman.
The Lyfe Magazine: Tell us where you are from originally.
Katrina: I’m originally from Virginia. I was born in Washington, D.C. at Howard University Hospital, previously known as Freedmen’s Hospital. When I was seven, my mother uprooted us to Loudoun County, Virginia. After some time there, she moved us to Sterling Park, Virginia. Living in Sterling Park was interesting for me.