Lily is the daughter of Jeff and Robin Starnes from Unionville, NC. Lily is the current 2019 USA Ambassador Miss North Carolina Preteen. She will compete for USA Carolina Heartland in March 2020. She loves art, fashion, and modeling and wants to be a fashion designer one day.
Crowns Magazine in Charlotte NC, featured Lily on their cover in their 2018 August Edition, featuring National Queens Title Holders. Inside this edition, Lily and ANSB Organization were featured. Crowns Magazine also features Lily as one of their VIP Models. She was also on the cover of ALM Child Teen Magazine December 2018. Recently she travel to New York City to participate in a NYWF Photoshoot where her picture was selected for the cover of a local magazine.
When Lily is not involved in pageantry, she is working on her family farm caring for the Llamas, Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, and chickens. Her National Platform is "Nourishing Lives" fighting against hunger world wide. She loves partnering with Rise Against Hunger a organization striving to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life changing aid to the vulnerable in the world. One of her favorite platforms is collecting items for our activewomen through Military Missions based in Kentucky.
She is also very active in her school serving as a delegate on the Global Schools Committee. Lily was questioned, by the State committee, about her school's diversity and how her school honors her Chinese Culture. After the interview with many students and staff, Unionville Elementary was named a North Carolina Model Global Ready School. She also participates with Girls on the Run, which inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. This organization teaches girls to get up and be active.
Lily believes pageants give girls confidence and helps them set goals for their future. “If you walk away having learned one new thing, you are a winner”. “Never let anything or anyone prevent you from fulfilling your dreams”. She hopes to one-day walk the runway in New York wearing a dress designed by Sherri Hill, who is one of her favorite pageant dress designers. But, ultimately, Lily wants to have her designs showcased on the runway. Until then, she will still be a farm girl at heart, giving back to her community, continuing to strive to be her very best self. She wants every young girl to know that hard work and dedication does pay off. "Be the Jewel on the Crown while striving for Success". Lily Starnes.