The Massachusetts resident won a trip for two to the Super Bowl.
By BRYAN ROURKE
"Every little girl imagines herself in a pageant, Miss America kind of thing," Lori Sardinha-Costa said. "This is not quite the pageant I envisioned as a child, but that's OK. I'm fine with it."
More than 250 plumbers from around the country entered the contest, which was judged by a panel of people from American Standard and the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors National Association. Personality, professionalism and, of course, appearance were the criteria.
From all the entrants, the vast majority of whom were men, 13 finalists were chosen for the 2005 America's Sexiest Plumber calendar. (One month features two brothers.) Sardinha-Costa was selected the overall winner, receiving a trip for two to next month's Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
Sardinha-Costa's picture appears in the calendar for the month of July. "I say that's because it's the hottest month," she said.
Sardinha-Costa, who lives in Fall River, Mass., has worked for the family business, M. Sardinha & amp; Son Plumbing, for several years, the last two as a plumber.
"I just decided to get my apprentice license and basically get out there and get my hands dirty," she said. "My dad is reaching retirement age and so I need to secure my future."
The business has six plumbers, Sardinha-Costa the only woman. She's unusual in a male-dominated industry, not just for her gender, but her appearance.
"I still like to wear lipstick and do my hair," she said.