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Former Miss Virginia USA to Compete on Survivor

The former state queen will compete on the 35th season of the hit reality TV show “Survivor” coming up this year.

About her premiere on Survivor

Miss Virginia USA 2016, Desiree Williams, is set to appear on the reality TV show, which will begin its season this fall on CBS. The show has a “Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” theme for this season with 18 contestants participating. The filming will take place in Fiji.

Photo: Miss Virginia USA Organization
Photo: Miss Virginia USA Organization

The 18 contestants will be divided into three tribes for the season: Levu (“heroes”), Soko (“healers”) and Yawa (“hustlers”). Williams will be a member of the Soko tribe and plans to focus on the silver lining of the experience. She says, “I think what gets to a lot of people is people are complaining about the conditions. Like, yeah, we’re living outside but, we’re also in Fiji.” (Read: How Pageantry Can Help You Develop As A Woman)

The show “Survivor” strands a group of strangers on an island and they must then learn to provide for themselves. Each week, at least one contestant is eliminated and sent home until there is only one survivor remaining.

About Miss Virginia USA 2016

Desiree Williams has an impressive pageant history starting in 2010 with the local title of Miss Hampton with which she went on to compete for Miss Virginia. She went on the win the National Sweetheart 2012 title that was affiliated with the Miss America pageant. She then won the Miss Virginia 2013 title and advanced to the 2014 Miss America pageant. (Read: 2 Questions You Must Ask Yourself to Succeed in Pageantry)

Photo: Joe Fudge
Photo: Joe Fudge

In 2016, she was crowned Miss Virginia USA and went on to place in the Top 10 at Miss USA later that year. Her impressive resumé extends far beyond pageantry. Williams is also an assistant professor at Hampton University and has a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education as well as her doctorate in physical therapy from Hampton University. (Read: Miss Virginia USA 2016 Evening Gown: HIT or MISS?)

We’ll definitely be cheering her as she competes in “Survivor” later this year!

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