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Elli’s Got That International Smile

Photo: Ty and Cat Photography

Katy Perry wrote a song, International Smile, about Elli Gentile. Katy’s been quoted in the media saying the song is about one of her best friends, but we are convinced it’s about our own Elli. 

You see, Elli has a mega-watt smile that enters the room before the rest of her arrives. It’s a smile that starts at her mouth and radiates out through the corners of her eyes in a way that illuminates an entire space. 


But the sincerity behind the smile is what makes her a star. She sees the best in others and life. She’s a glass “all the way full” kind of person. But it isn’t a lack of adversity that fuels her optimism, it is an optimism earned in adversity that makes her the real deal. 

You see, in her early adulthood, Elli took up the shield and sword against a terrifying adversary: cancer. She beat it and it isn’t what defines her. Instead, the thing that defines her most is her reliability, professionalism, and desire to simply connect with and be good to people. It’s the reason she writes and works in social media. 

The St. Louis native earned her degree in Journalism, Advertising, and Strategic Communications and a minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri, better known as Mizzou. After several years of living and working in Australia, she returned to Pensacola where she spent her childhood summers. 

Outside of her work with Local Pulse and as the Social Media Team Manager for Red Iron Design, she is consumed by her wanderlust, her two doodles, and being good to herself and others. 

We are beyond lucky to know her and work beside her and I feel like I won the lottery to have her as my newest friend.  

Titles other than friend: Managing Editor, Local Pulse; Social Media Team Manager, Red Iron Design

Name one thing that dates you. The Backstreet Boys

Elli’s Favorite kind of music: Alternative Rock, Also, I love Fleetwood Mac

Favorite social media account: any food account

Place in the world you would love to go: Italy

What is an unrealized dream? To be a Game Show Host

Surf or skate? Surf

Favorite store in Pensacola: Sobo

Favorite food: Mac n Cheese

Who is the one person that means the most to you? My Mom

Are you always running late or just on time? A little bit early

How do you want to be known? as someone that was always kind to people

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Dana is an Arkansas native and a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast since childhood. She was a Pensacola resident for 13 years, before moving to Gulf Breeze. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. She earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!). In addition to writing, she loves photography, art, adventures in the great outdoors, and spending time with her three children.