Chiniqua Pettaway from Houston, Texas was crowned Ms. America® 2013 at the national pageant held Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa in California.
State and regional titleholders from across the United States competed in four categories including interview, sportswear, evening gown and on-stage question.
Ms. America® 2013, Chiniqua Pettaway walked across the stage to accept the crown marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing the American woman 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced, widowed or married.
Ms. Pettaway, a Houston, Texas transplant, is originally from Richmond, Virginia. She is an entrepreneur, model, fitness instructor and community leader. Chiniqua owns and operates six income tax preparation offices in Houston, TX. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and will complete her degree from Argosy University in March 2014.
A philanthropist, Ms. America® 2013 is especially passionate about her platform of service “Guard a Heart” a heart health awareness foundation. Guard a Heart’s mission is to fight heart disease with their campaign, "Know your Risk, Save a Life.” Heart conditions are the number-one killer of men and women in America. She enjoys traveling, dancing and mentoring young women through her platform and other community involvement.
Ms. America® 2013 first runner-up was Wendi Russo, Ms. Minnesota; second runner-up was Malinda Koncar, Ms. Pennsylvania; third runner-up was Stephanie Mills, Ms. New England; and fourth runner-up was Mai-Lea DeJong, Ms. Arizona.
Ms. America International® 2013, for women 40 years of age and up went to Robin Griffin, Ms. California Coast. Ms. International™ 2013, the “Judges and People’s Choice Award” went to Stacy Smith, Ms. Colorado. This prestigious title must not only represent the pageant but also the Ms. America® fans as well. Stacy Smith was chosen by receiving the most votes online, good luck wish ads and scores from the Judges.
2013 SPECIAL AWARDS:
Ms. America International 2013 (40 years of age & up) – Robin Griffin – Ms. California Coast
Ms. International 2013 (Judges and People’s Choice Award) – Stacy Smith, Ms. Colorado
Spirit of America Award – Heidi Burton, Ms. Southwest America
Power of the Crown Award – Malinda Koncar, Ms. Pennsylvania
Crown for a Purpose Award – Mai Lea DeJong, Ms. Arizona
Media Award - Dallas Teague, Ms. Alabama
Woman of Distinction Award - Stacy Smith, Ms. Colorado
Ms. Photogenic Award - Robin Griffin, Ms. California Coast
Ms. Congeniality Award - Carola Akins – Ms. Rocky Mountain States
Community Service Award - Tiffanie Manansala, Ms. New Jersey