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Miss Virginia finishes Top 10 in the Miss USA pageant!

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-05 21:17:05-04
Dr. Desiree Williams

Dr. Desiree Williams visited the News 3 studios in April!

HAMPTON, Va. – Dr. Desiree Williams, a Hampton University Professor and the reigning Miss Virginia finished in the Top 10 in the Miss USA pageant!

Dr. Williams is the Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute and an assistant professor of physical therapy at Hampton University.

She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from HU and a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education with a minor in leadership studies.

Miss Virginia, Dr. Desiree Williams

Miss Virginia, Dr. Desiree Williams

Williams served as Miss HU 2010-2011, and, in 2011, was featured in Ebony magazine as one of 10 Historically Black College or University Campus Queens.

Williams is the fourth African-American to serve as Miss Virginia.

This year, the Miss USA organization created a fan vote initiative to help contestants secure a spot in the Top 15.

Williams moved on to the Top 10 but was not selected to move on to the Top 5.

We are so proud of our Miss Virginia!