Miss Virginia USA 2023 is Ashley Williams

Florida native Ashley Williams was crowned Miss Virginia USA 2023 on Sunday, April 30 at the Merchant Hall of the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.

The 24-year-old former NFL cheerleader for Miami Dolphins holds a degree in psychology from the University of Florida. She will now represent Virginia at Miss USA 2023 in Reno, Nevada.

"BLESSED is an understatement. What an honor it is to be the new Miss Virginia USA 2023! Thank you [Nicewonderful Productions] for welcoming this pageant rookie with open arms. I’m so excited for the year ahead," she wrote on social media after winning her title.

Rounding out the Top 6 finalists were first runner-up Mary McGeorge, second runner-up Justus Kelley, third runner-up Elizabeth McReynolds, fourth runner-up Gracyn Blackmore, and fifth runner-up Sarah Miranda.

Another Ashley, Miss Virginia Teen USA 2023 Ashley Wang, who will proceed to Miss Teen USA 2023, was also proclaimed during Sunday's glittering event. Emma McReynolds, Hulia Allen, Macie Ratliff, Amarisee Coward, and Grace Richmond were her court of five runners-up.

The winners from last year, Kailee Horvath and Hannah Grau, crowned their respective successors at the end of the competition.

Crowning moment:

Photo: Ashley Long Creative


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