Daja Dial was Miss South Carolina 2015 and placed in the top 7 at Miss America 2016. She also won a preliminary lifestyle and fitness award. During the final question round, she was asked about banning military-style assault weapons, "America loves our 2nd Amendment, but gun violence continues to be a tragic problem. Do you support a ban on military-style assault weapons?" She said, "I don't. But I think it's because we need to increase education. We have to go back there. If we teach people the proper way to use guns then we will reduce the risk of having gun-related ... gun-related accidents. It starts with education."
During college, she studied health administration and was a Clemson Tigers cheerleader. She was also the first African American to win the title of Miss Clemson University.