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 where she finished first runner-up.
This allowed her to compete at the National Sweetheart 2012 pageant. She went on the win the National Sweetheart 2012 title that was affiliated with the Miss America before they parted ways in 2016.
Desiree Williams then won her way back to the Miss Virginia 2013 stage where she competed as Miss Arlington 2013. Williams would go on to win the Miss Virginia 2013 crown and advanced to the 2014 Miss America pageant.
In 2016, Desiree 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 and has appeared on "Survivor".
Miss Virginia USA 2016, Desiree Williams, appeared on the reality TV show, Survivor, which will begin its season this fall on CBS. The show had a "Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers" theme with 18 contestants participating and the filming taking place in Fiji.
The 18 contestants were divided into three tribes for the season: Levu ("heroes"), Soko ("healers") and Yawa ("hustlers"). Williams was a member of the Soko tribe and said, "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."
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.
Williams made it past the team-centered portion of competition, but on Wednesday, her place in the competition came to an end as the other competitors voted her out for being too much of a threat. Another contestant immediately identified Williams as a threat and said, "Desi, she’s physically strong. She’s mentally strong. And she’s going to compete with the best of ’em." She was the eighth person voted off of the show this season.
Her exit interview was emotional and she said, "It didn’t go as I’d hoped or planned. It’s truly heartbreaking. I’m certainly not used to losing. It’s not part of what I typically do." As her competition torch was extinguished, she said, "I guess in this game, I wasn’t part of anybody’s plans to move forward. I have to realize that it’s part of the game. Somebody had to go home."
While her time competing may be over, Williams did get the first spot in the "jury box." The jury box is a group of former contestants who ultimately vote to determine the winner of the season.
About Williams' pageant career
Williams has had an extremely successful pageant career by most standards. In 2012, Williams represented Virginia in the National Sweetheart Pageant, which was tied to the Miss America Organization at the time. In 2013, Williams went on to win the Miss Virginia title and the opportunity to compete at Miss America 2014. Her most recent title was Miss Virginia USA 2016. When she competed at Miss USA 2016, she earned herself a spot in the Top 10 contestants on final night.
Congratulations Desiree on your success throughout pageantry and on "Survivor!" We can't wait to see how the results come out this season!