I'm Sonya Z. Phillips, a native of Virginia Beach, VA. I graduated from Old Dominion University with a BS in Biology and International Business. I am the Fashion Designer and Owner of Stretch Couture, a custom clothing & costume business that also teaches sewing lessons. l started my business as a self taught seamstress that needed something different that I couldn’t find in the stores. I have since studied under Marc Jacobs and have also showcased Stretch Couture during NYFW.
I spend a lot of time doing community service. I am a board member of the Hampton Roads Gazeti (a community service newspaper), the youth program coordinator for the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Norfolk Section, mentor with Envision Lead Grow, sewing club sponsor and volunteer with Willard Model Elementary School, volunteer with the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc., volunteer with Sickle Cell Disease Family and Peer Advocates and volunteer with many other organizations. When time permits, I love to travel and shop for books that I will someday have time to read on a tropical island.
I am currently your Ms. USA Culture Galaxy 2019, and I want to be the next Ms. Culture Galaxy International because I believe in building collaborative partnerships between diverse people and empowering youth through entrepreneurship in a global market. I know that as the next Ms. Culture Galaxy I could continue to do that on a larger platform and empower women everywhere to live their dream regardless of size, shape, color or culture!