With V-day right around the corner, the pressure to please your girl is at an all-time high. She’s got expectations; you’re lost in the candy aisle at CVS. Sound about right? No need to panic. We’ve got some advice on how to treat your lady like a queen—from a real one, Miss New York USA, Joanne Nosuchinsky. The 24-year-old, who is set to compete in Miss USA later this year, tells us the sweetest thing a guy has ever done for her, what makes a great date, and what women really want on February 14.
Men’s Fitness: What do you look for in a guy?
Joanne Nosuchinsky: I’m looking for a guy who works out and takes pride in his appearance. Fitness is a big part of my life, so I would need to have that in common with someone who I’m dating or could potentially date. You don’t have to have 4 percent body fat by any means, and it’s not a matter of being a Greek god, but you should be strong, healthy, and confident in your body. Your clothes should also fit well and you should know how to dress appropriately for different scenarios. Some might call this metrosexual; I just call it handsome.
Do you have any pet peeves?
One of my biggest pet peeves is when men spit. Seriously. I know you might need to do it, but when you are in the presence of a woman and you turn your head and spit on the sidewalk, it bothers me. It’s like there’s no chivalry. It’s gross.
If a guy saw you out at a bar, what could he do to make a great first impression?
I don’t really like cheesy pickup lines. If a guy is with his friends and he separates himself from the group and approaches me in a casual way, that’s probably best. And I love jokes, so anyone who can make me laugh and make me feel really comfortable usually attracts me the most.