Miss Hermosa USA Angel Reyes was crowned Miss Illinois USA 2022 on Monday, May 30, 2022, in the Braden Auditorium of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.
Angel was crowned by Miss Illinois USA 2021 Sydni Dion-Bennett and will represent Illinois in the upcoming Miss USA pageant.
The Miss USA Pageant System has been held annually since 1954. This globally-recognized pageant focuses on empowerment, confidence, and influence. The winner of the Miss USA pageant will represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.
Angel has been competing in pageants for over a decade, and every step of her journey has been filled with inspiration. Last June, she competed in the Miss Illinois USA 2021 competition and placed 2nd runner up.
"Last night I competed in one of the biggest and stiffest competitions I’ve had in my career," Reyes posted on Instagram. "I was 2nd runner up and I am honored and grateful to have been in the top 3 amongst 71 of the most talented, resilient, and fearless women I’ve had the pleasure to get to know."
Angel also placed in the Top 5 at Miss Illinois USA 2017, which took place in September 2016.
"I am so humbled to have been standing up in the top 5 with these absolutely amazing and gorgeous women," Reyes wrote on Instagram. "This past weekend has truly been a process in which I was able to see myself grow and push myself to possibilities I would have never imagined being possible."
Angel came back for the crown this year and took home the title. Her social media content leading up to the title were full of energy, grit, and poise.
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
Contestants from all over state competed in the Miss Illinois USA 2022 pageant, aired live on PageantVision.com. Contestants were scored based on their performance in swim wear and evening gown. There were also panel style interviews, which included two and a half minute interviews with the judges. The top 5 contestants answered questions during an on-stage interview.
Angel's preparation paid off. She won the judges over, and is now starting her dream job.
"Just wrapped up interviewing for my dream job to become the next Miss Illinois USA!"
She added, "Feeling so grateful I was able to share my heart & story with the judges!"
Now, Angel will share her platform with the world.
We look forward to seeing Angel compete at Miss USA.
Wishing you the best, Angel!
What are the benefits of competing in a pageant? Scholarships! All contestants who competed in the Miss Illinois Teen USA pageant will receive scholarships from Central Methodist University.
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