In a nod to tenacity and the power of never giving up, Victoria Wiggins was crowned Miss Kansas USA earlier this year. After unsuccessfully competing for six crowns, the seventh time was the charm.
Wiggins, 25, who represented Milford Lake in the state pageant, was the pageants 2nd runner-up in 2015, and 1st runner-up in 2014. Add in two semi-final finishes in the Miss Missouri USA pageant, and a couple of semi-final finishes in the Miss Teen USA system and you might think the stunning beauty would have given up.
“You just have to keep pushing,” Wiggins told the Lawton, OK newspaper. “You’re going to hear ‘no, no, no’ a thousand times, but your ‘yes’ is right around the corner.”
Wiggins is the daughter of Army Master Sergeant Jeffrey Wiggins and nurse Ellaleilani Wiggins. She has a tri-state history – and has competed in pageants in all three states. When her parents separated, she moved from Kansas to Oklahoma, where she graduated from high school. She attended Lindenwood University in Missouri, obtaining a degree in business administration, by way of pageant scholarships.
Victoria currently works as a fashion merchandiser and has viewed fashion shows from the audience and the stage, where she has been a runway model for 10 years. Her long term plans are to own her own boutique.
Wiggins will compete in the Miss USA pageant this summer. The pageant will air on FOX TV on June 5. The competition consists of four segments: private interview, swim wear, evening gown, and on-stage question and answer.
In the state pageant, she wowed the judges with the answer to her on-stage question, “If you could be anybody else in the world, who would you be and why?:
“I answered, ‘No one else.’ I wouldn’t want to be anybody else. Nobody is Victoria Wiggins and I don’t think I should deprive the world of that,” Wiggins continued, elaborating on the beauty of every individual’s particular story and personal characteristics. “You should be proud of your uniqueness and your individuality, always. That is something that I’m going to promote during my reign.”
The pageant veteran comes from a line of beauty queens. Her mother Ellaleilani Wiggins was Ms. Oklahoma Plus America 2009, and sister Leilaninicole Wiggins, Miss Lawton 2007.
If Wiggins wins the tile of Miss USA, she will be only the second Kansan to secure the title.