2013 Miss Virginia

Photo by Jeanna Beasley


Desiree Williams, Miss Virginia 2013


Newport News, VA


Hampton University Second Year Graduate

Scholastic Ambition:

Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Scholastic Honors:

Graduated Summa cum Laude; Recipient of the 2013 Dominion Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship, Lettie P. Whitehead Scholarship, Hampton University Trustee Scholarship, and the Lilly/UNCF Scholarship; Member of Golden Key International Honors Society, Hampton University Honors College, and Hampton University William R. Harvey Leadership Institute; received National Merit Scholarship Finalist Award


2013 recipient of Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award; recipient of the Mildred V. Brown Award for Excellence in Neurological Studies; featured in September 2011 issue of Ebony Magazine; completed Yoga Teacher certification; received certification as a K-12 Health and Physical Education Teacher

Career Ambition:

Physical Therapist



To request an appearance by Miss Virginia or have direct questions,  please contact the Miss Virginia Business Manager, MC Gravely at mcgravely@missva.org or call toll free 1-855-5MISSVA (855-574-7782).


Platform Issue: “Fit and Fun”

There is no debating that childhood obesity is a growing problem in America.  Obesity not only has social implications for overweight children, but also puts youth at an increased risk of certain health problems – some potentially fatal.  While there are many theories for combating this problem, Desiree believes that leading by example is the most effective way to bring about change and hopes to serve as a catalyst to bring awareness to this issue, both locally and nationally as Miss Virginia.

                Visiting schools throughout the Commonwealth to share her message will be a key part of this initiative.  Through her experience as a Health and Physical Education teacher, Desiree  developed lesson plans targeted toward students of all ages to encourage them to stay active and make smart food choices.  During her year of service, she hopes to inspire both students and their parents to commit to simple lifestyle changes that will improve their health and emotional well-being.


Desiree’s Miss America Experience

Link to Desiree’s CMNH Donation Page.

Link to Miss America 2014 Page.