Filipino-American Emily Rio Barber was crowned Miss Seafair 2013 during the Torchlight parade July 27. She is the second Filipino-American Miss Seafair in a row, following Miss Seafair 2012 Veronica Asence.
Barber is currently a junior at the University of Washington majoring in communications and English with a minor in music. Her professional aspirations are to work in the media as a television producer and newscaster.
Barber volunteers with the Washington State C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors) and the Behind the Badge Foundation. These two groups are near and dear to Rio and her family because of the help they provided after Rio’s older brother Seattle Police Officer Joselito Barber was killed in the line of duty in 2006. (end)