VIRGINIA AMERICA PAGEANTS
The Mrs. America Pageant is the most prestigious pageant for married women. Established in 1977, by David and Elaine Marmel, this national competition is devoted to proving that America’s 70 million married women are, beyond a doubt, extraordinarily beautiful, poised, articulate, and versatile. Each of the 51 Mrs. America candidates achieves the right to participate in the Mrs. America Pageant by winning her statewide competition (and the District of Columbia).
Mrs. Virginia America Pageant
The Mrs. Virginia America Pageant showcases the accomplishments of today’s married women, and gives titleholders the opportunity to showcase the causes they care about and volunteer in their communities.
Women ages 18 and older and married may apply to compete at the state pageant if they live in the commonwealth, or they or their spouse are active-duty military stationed in Virginia or
officially claim Virginia as their home of record.
Miss Virginia for America Strong
In 2019, the Mrs. America system added a Miss category for women ages 18 and older who are single, divorced, or widowed. They will compete for the Miss Virginia for America Strong title
and one winner from each state and the District of Columbia will go on to compete for the national title also held in Las Vegas in August. The same residency rules apply for the Miss
Virginia for America Strong division.
Mrs. Virginia AmeriCAN
In 2020, the system added one more exciting title: Mrs. AmeriCAN. The title is awarded in the married division and is given to the contestant with the second-highest score at the state pageant. The winner of this title will go on to compete for the Mrs. AmeriCAN national pageant the same week as Mrs. America.
Winners from both Mrs. America and Mrs. AmeriCAN will go on to compete at the Mrs. World pageant. The same residency rules apply for Mrs. Virginia AmeriCAN.
Kirby is a high school English teacher and part-time body builder. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education, and her Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist. She is married to Cody and a mom of three boys. She is the creator of the 45 by 45 bucket list challenge and the "Go After It" podcast. As Mrs. Virginia America 2022, she wants to equip others to fearlessly pursue their wildest dreams. She says a society with children who believes in themselves is a society with grit and determination.
Amanda is a lead trauma surgery physician assistant and classically trained ballerina. She has degrees from Baylor University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the University of Lynchburg, with a doctorate that officially makes her "Dr. Miller!" She is married to Justin and has a rescue dog named Claire. After an accident as a NCAA equestrian division I athlete, she advocates for patients whose injuries could have been avoided by educating others through her platform “Transcending the Trauma Table.”
FOR AMERICA STRONG 2022
Kelli is a U.S. Navy veteran and a professional welder with experience on nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines. She received her Associates in Business Administration and 4-year apprenticeship. She is a VT Level II Structural Certified Inspector; U.S. Navy ships don't go out to sea without her safety sign off! She is the author of the children’s book “Willow Discovers Welding.” Kelli is also a mom of five. As Miss Virginia, she wants to be an example of a woman in a male-dominated industry breaking gender norms.
ELIZABETH AUDREY PEACE
Elizabeth became the director of Virginia America Pageants in 2022. As a first-time pageant competitor and Mrs. Virginia America 2016, she experienced first-hand the sisterhood that pageantry brings into our lives. She also saw how many doors were opened for her social cause by having the title of Mrs. Virginia. That year, she was voted Mrs. Congeniality at the Mrs. America pageant. In 2021, she was crowned Mrs. California America after her husband was stationed at Camp Pendleton with the Marine Corps.
Elizabeth is the founder of Sgt. BARK and the Sgt. BARK coloring book series. As Mrs. Virginia and Mrs. California, she has championed for child sexual abuse prevention
and is certified to teach child sexual abuse prevention courses through Darkness to Light, an evidenced-based non-profit dedicated to protecting children.
Elizabeth is an Air Force veteran, Marine Corps Spouse, and worked as a civilian for both the Navy and the Army. She has worked as a TV news anchor and journalist, and Director of Communications for Congress. She now serves as a Senior Public Affairs Specialist for the Department of the Interior. She is the owner of Elizabeth Audrey Consulting and provides media training and press release writing to clients.
She's a mom of two boys, ages 22 and 14, and three rescue pups.