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2024 Miss Washington USA Contestants

Aishwarya Kumar

Aishwarya Kumar

TUKWILA

Aishwarya is a multitalented and dedicated student of life. At the age of 16, she started college and graduated Pima Medical Institute with honors at the age of 18, successfully making the Dean’s List. Her voice in the medical field is used to advocate for the voiceless. Aishwarya serves her community at the food bank, toy drive, and planted 150 trees with EarthCorps. She is a model with SMG inspiring others to follow their dreams.

Alexis Muwanguzi

Alexis Muwanguzi

DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

Introducing Alexis Muwanguzi, a beacon of grace, intellect, and charm. Hailing from Bellevue, this poised individual epitomizes elegance and resilience. With a heart dedicated to philanthropy and a mind keen on innovation, Alexis Muwanguzi strives to empower others and make a positive impact. A true embodiment of beauty with purpose, Alexis Muwanguzi shines brightly on stage, captivating hearts with her presence and inspiring minds with her vision for a brighter tomorrow.

Amanda Hoang

Amanda Hoang

BELLEVUE

Amanda’s resilience story began with her premature birth on a Manila refugee camp. After emigrating to Seattle, she conquered cultural challenges as a biracial Vietnamese and Black child in the 90s. Amanda’s passion for Breaking the Stigma of criminal defense work is what drives her decade-long career at the Public Defender’s Office. She’s a union representative for SEIU 925, advocating for fair workplace practices and also co-hosts a women’s empowerment podcast called “Beyond the Beauty.”

Anne Fombu

Anne Fombu

DOWNTOWN BELLEVUE

Dr. Anne Marie Fombu FNP-DNP is from Cameroon and owner of AnneMarie Aesthetics a premier medspa that embodies the essence of beauty and healing. With a passion for integrative medicine, she combines her expertise in both traditional, mindfulness and modern practices to offer holistic wellness solutions. Dr.Fombu’s principle on healthcare is that “people are always going to remember how you make them feel”. During her freetime, she plays sound bowls and loves to travel.

Athena Miller

Athena Miller

PULLMAN

Athena knows that self-confidence is the key to success. As a child of divorce, Athena moved to Pullman in 1995. Traveling between OR and WA she developed a love for music, dance, skating and fashion. Athena encourages everyone to believe in themselves. A member of the Klamath Tribe, she placed 2nd runner up in the Miss Native American Oregon organizing a fashion show as her talent, an experience that made her who she is today.

Carisa Erickson

Carisa Erickson

COLUMBIA BASIN

Born into a backdrop of adversity, Carisa has risen as a symbol of strength & resiliency. Today, as a married mother of three, she also serves as a community leader, proving women are multi-dimensional. A certified crisis counselor and founder of Women Rising, she provides a safe space for women & offers critical resources at no cost. By sharing her life lessons, she proves triumph arises through authenticity; Carisa is a fierce advocate for change.

Carmen Ellrodt

Carmen Ellrodt

GREATER SPOKANE

Carmen is a six-time achievement award recipient and is soon to graduate with two National Honor Society memberships. Her journey has shaped her into a personal trainer, health coach, photographer, teacher, and actor. As a Renaissance woman, she is always learning and setting new goals and accomplishments. Her name is one you will want to remember, and her journey is just beginning.

Destiny Tran

Destiny Tran

KING COUNTY

Destiny, a Vietnamese American who immigrated from Vietnam, graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University. As a data analyst, she founded Beyond The C.L.O.U.D, empowering women in STEM and Business. Destiny established a scholarship, alleviating tuition burdens for females in those fields. As the former Multicultural Representative of Alpha Phi Gamma sorority, she passionately championed diversity and inclusion. Destiny’s remarkable journey showcases her achievements and unwavering dedication to fostering positive change.

Elle Duncan

Elle Duncan

WEST SEATTLE

Elle is an attorney and owns a law firm located in Renton, WA. She practices Criminal Defense, Business, and Estate Planning Law. She was born and raised in West Seattle. She attended Washington State University, Johns Hopkins, and Seattle University School of Law. She has used her position to promote, support, and provide access to justice to those who cannot typically afford essential legal services.

Feddie Young

Feddie Young

VANCOUVER

Upon graduating with a Bachelor in Sociology, Feddie combined her research skills and interests in data analytics to land her role as Research Associate at Clark College. As founder and host of the Real Tea on Real Housewives podcast, Feddie highlights the experiences and destigmatizes the myths associated with being a Stay-At-Home-Mom. Recognizing the importance of a healthy community Feddie volunteers with Clark County Nutrition Education, teaching others about nourishment and how to cook.

Graceson Mahoney

Graceson Mahoney

HOBART

A 21-year-old second generation Hobart resident, Graceson Mahoney works alongside 4 different rare or chronic disease coalitions to advocate for better awareness of and treatment of rare diseases like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. A full-time student at Oregon State, she majors in range science and management. A world record holder, model, student, and advocate, she strives to show others that nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams.

Isabell Murray

Isabell Murray

GREATER TACOMA

Isabell Murray graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Law and Policy. After graduation, she pursued a career as a Juvenile Detention Officer and championed her personal platform, #KidsNotCriminals, which raised awareness about juvenile incarceration and advocated for criminal justice reform. Last fall, Isabell began her first year at Seattle University School of Law in pursuit of a Juris Doctor to further her advocacy and become an attorney.

Jesi Williams

Jesi Williams

MUKILTEO

Jesi is a versatile leader, who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. As a woman in construction, she hopes to inspire women to take on more leadership roles in male-dominated fields. Jesi also advocates for the homeless. Her non-profit, “Affordable Housing Connection,” links families to available resources around the community. She loves baking and cooking up new career opportunities for women. Plus, Jesi always makes time for her home team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Karley Kearney

Karley Kearney

PUYALLUP

This servant leadership award nominee completed a 4.0 in her Masters Degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership. Karley served as an NFL cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks which gave her a platform to give back as a community liaison. Having experienced loss and growing up with siblings with severe disabilities fueled her passion for dance and fitness as healthy coping tools. As a fitness professional, Karley leads others towards outlets for positive mental health.

Leslie Lopez

Leslie Lopez

CENTRAL SEATTLE

Coming from humble beginnings, Leslie is a proud Salvadoran, first-generation entrepreneur and PhD Student earning her doctorate in Cognitive Institutional Psychology. After earning her master’s from the University of Washington, she founded a global non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of mental health and a higher education specifically for the Hispanic community. She sees the power of representation and strongly believes that in order to see a change you must be part of that change.

Luxuria Bordeaux

Luxuria Bordeaux

BURIEN

Luxuria Bordeaux is an exceptional woman who advocating for environmental stewardship and health. She is paving an inclusive path as an African American and First Nation woman. Her passion, education and a decade of combined experience as a leader, planner, and organizer has made her a powerful voice in the field of environmental advocacy. Luxuria’s expertise led her to be Vice President of UW Nick of Time, advancing her medical education, and an emboldening platform.

Pandora Schaal

Pandora Schaal

EVERETT

Pandora Schaal, is a 31-year-old college graduate and manager for dominos. She is a wife and dog mom to two fur babies. In her freetime she likes to read, bake and relax with family/ friends. In the summertime her favorite activity is swimming. She has a Bachelor’s degree and is a first generation graduate. She was in several organizations during college. At Eastern Washington University she was an eagle ambassador.

Payal Karan

Payal Karan

CASCADIA

Payal is the first contestant to compete in the USA state pageant eight months pregnant. She spends her free time being a voice for her community and fighting for basic human rights while raising her children to have the same values. A full-time employee, Payal co-leads a diversity and inclusion team for the company nationwide.  Payal supervises a team of mechanics that work throughout the state keeping our schools, hospitals, and government building elevators running.

Rina Rai

Rina Rai

RENTON

Rina Rai is 26 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She also studied aesthetics and dermatology working under top Beverly Hills dermatologists in Los Angeles, California. She now owns a flourishing business with her mother called Rani Beauty Clinic in Renton, Washington where they serve beautiful people of all shades and ages with the most advanced beauty technology in the state. Her passions include reading,volunteering, fashion design, yoga, and family.

Samantha Buffer

Samantha Buffer

EAST SEATTLE

Samantha is a recent graduate of Ballard High School and was a member and Captain of her high school cheer team. Samantha is the founder of TH^3, Teens for Hope, Help, and Healing where she advocates for suicide prevention and mental health in young adults. This summer she will attend the Atarashii Apprenticeship program at Seaport Salon to achieve her cosmetology license, where she’ll get to bring joy too many!

Sendia Registin

Sendia Registin

EMERALD CITY

Sendia is a first-generation American whose family hails from the beautiful and resilient island of Haiti. Her life experiences have led her to advocacy, so she is pursuing a law degree to become an attorney to ensure corporations are ethical and fair in their practices. She continues her advocacy by volunteering and helping attorneys on cases related workers’ rights specifically gender and race discrimination. Sendia loves to stay active by attending Pilates classes, biking, and snowboarding!

Shavail Hayden

Shavail Hayden

RAINIER

Shavail, 32, is an advocate for domestic violence/fetal abuse and sex trafficking victims. Studying at Seattle Central Community College, she aims for a Ph.D. in behavioral/cognitive neuroscience at the University of Washington. As a Community Connector at Byrd Barr Place, she assists in combating homelessness for stability. Despite past adversity, Shavail remains unbroken, using her experiences to inspire others. She sees the Miss Washington USA competition as a platform to symbolize strength and hope.

Simran Sandhu

Simran Sandhu

WEST AUBURN

Simran, a University of Washington graduate and Marketing Specialist, is passionate about modeling and fitness. Born in California and raised in Washington, she embraces her bilingual, Punjabi-American heritage. Grateful for her diverse upbringing, she aims to inspire women to feel confident and stand up for their beliefs. Simran seeks to challenge outdated traditions and empower others to lead healthy, empowered lives.

Tatyana Grib

Tatyana Grib

WEST KING COUNTY

As a strong and inspirational leader, Tayana’s personal and professional experiences are vast and unique, ranging from Olympic-Level sports, arts, fashion, and film to over 20 years in business development. Passionate about empowering others, Tatyana inspires people to reach for their dreams, to realize that the most important thing as human to a human is love and acceptance, to understand deeply within yourself that you are ENOUGH- just because you are… YOU!

Taylor Loehner

Taylor Loehner

DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

Taylor, the 21-year old powerhouse is leading the charge in reducing the Pacific Northwest’s carbon footprint. Passionate to change the direction of our futures for the better, Taylor began her initiative, the “Renewable Revolution Program” advocating for clean-energy usage. As a first-generation college student at the early age of 16, she learned the importance of hard work and determination. Taylor is a singer/songwriter, classically trained violinist, and natural born leader.

Taylor Mann

Taylor Mann

SEATTLE

Taylor is a small business owner based in Seattle. Inspired by her personal experience with homelessness during her youth, she is passionate about empowering women and destigmatizing homelessness. Taylor’s advocacy led her to create an educational book, which facilitates strategic sharing with system partners for the importance of educating children about homelessness. Through this she shares her lived experience and story of resilience. She encourages children to embrace their potential with shared understanding.

Tiana Money

Tiana Money

CAPITOL HILL

Introducing Tiana Monét, a trailblazing representative for the MISS Washington pageant. As a proud black woman of trans experience, Tiana Monét embodies resilience and inclusivity. Hailing from Seattle’s vibrant Capital Hill district, known for its LGBTQ+ community, she advocates for equality and acceptance. Tiana inspires others to embrace their authentic selves and break barriers. With unwavering determination, she aims to make an impact on the MISS Washington stage, representing the spirit of diversity and empowerment.

Tiffany Rea

Tiffany Rea

CLARKSTON

This trailblazer two-time Presidential Service Award recipient holds a degree in Crime Scene Investigation and is becoming an expert in fingerprint analysis. As a service-oriented individual, her purpose is to protect and bring justice to our communities. This strong leader and mentor encourages our youth to pursue their passions through the MentoringMatters Project. She is a four-time honor society award recipient, has served for the Veterans History Project, and is devoted to her faith.

Vanilla Aiday Carter

Vanilla Aiday Carter

NORTH SEATTLE

Say hello to VanillaAíday Carter your Miss North Seattle USA 2024! VanillaAíday is an energized 28-year-old model, mogul, runway coach, entertainer, sister & healthcare assistant! She’s an inspiration, & influence; but above all a light! Being the first woman of trans experience to sign up in the Miss Washington USA organization, VanillaAíday hopes to continue to encourage youth of future generations! With her vivacious and opulent personality & attitude, VanillaAíday Carter is a force!

Vashti Breland

Vashti Breland

GREATER SEATTLE

Vashti Iman Breland is a musician, writer and evangelist who loves to uplift and inspire everywhere she steps foot. In high school, Vashti was diagnosed with Polymyositis, and though she had to give up her dream of college track, she never gave up on her passion of dance. At WSU, she became one of three founders of their first hip-hop/majorette dance team. She is now pursuing her dream to become an EGOT winner.

Zaneika Wint

Zaneika Wint

SPOKANE COUNTY

Zaneika is a Cyber Security professional in the United States Air Force, pursuing a degree in Cyber Security. Committed to continuing her education and advancing her career, she balances her service with a passion for providing transient housing support through her real estate business. Her personal journey of overcoming adversity has shaped her into a resilient and compassionate individual, passionate about advocating for female leadership, entrepreneurship, and sisterhood, fostering understanding & a supportive environment for all.