Miss Virginia Wants Girls to Love Science

Miss Virginia 2019 nixed singing or dancing and displayed a science experiment for the talent portion of the competition. The Pharm.D candidate spoke to Brut about breaking pageant stereotypes and advocating for STEM education for girls. 🔬

Empowering her in ways that the previous pageants never did.

Miss Virginia 2019 Camille Schrier is showing young girls that science isn't just a boy’s club. She's currently a Doctor of Pharmacy Student at Virginia Commonwealth University. After a hiatus from competitions, she found an innovative way to showcase her love for science on the pageant stage. In June 2019, Schrier won the Miss Virginia title beating out 24 other contestants who showcased traditional talents such as singing and dancing. Upon hearing her name announced, Schrier fell to the floor, overcome with tears. Schrier says she never dreamed of the surreal moment because she never thought it was possible.

“For me I never thought I would even be a candidate for a Miss America type competition because I didn't want to be in a swimsuit. So, when they changed the organization to getting rid of that swimsuit competition. I took that as a challenge to figure out a way to make my science and the academic talents that I do have to make them engage. And it also gave me a really great opportunity to inspire young women to go into STEM careers and kids to get them excited about science. I've had children and parents and people that I've never met reach out to me on social media and tell me that they're excited that I can be a role model for their young girl or son and. I never expected to be able to make this kind of an impact”

She says the new format of the Miss America Competition empowered her in ways that the previous pageants never did. Women account for less than one-third of scientific research and development staff across the world according to Catalyst. Schrier says the chance to be the scientist role model she never had is more important than winning. Schrier says she will spend the next year traveling the Commonwealth and advocating for STEM education, drug safety and abuse prevention as well as visiting schools and children’s hospitals. Schrier will compete in the Miss America pageant on September 9, 2019.


07/23/2019 11:48 AM


  • Mansi R.
    01/23/2020 12:06

    Miss virginia no more virgin :P hahaha

  • Anshika G.
    01/21/2020 18:30

    But that upskirt tho 💣

  • Vinod V.
    01/03/2020 08:18


  • Vanitha I.
    01/03/2020 06:10

    Superb and God bless your wisdom in the right direction. Blessed New Year and hoping for more of your kind. We women are not objects of external beauty !!

  • Papan P.
    01/03/2020 01:25

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  • Dhaya L.
    01/03/2020 00:39

    Something EVERY PAGEANT ANYWHERE...SHOULD CONSIDER...wen i had joined a local pageant many years ago...there were few instances in wic i felt ditched also commented sarcastically upon bcos i had highest educational qualification n so if i had showcased my talent wic was academic in format...besides my acting pretty sure i wld hv not made it as a finalist. 🙄 in fact...even wen we hv natural talent in flaunting d catwalk...dancing...wateva d othr preferred formats are...u get "hurt for bein pretty" (beyonce has a song on this). It's high time for revamp. Change in formats for talent swimsuits...selectiobs shld be made based on more pure talent than something bimboish la...🙄

  • Vinod K.
    01/02/2020 16:44

    Something pageant should consider...

  • Sonya S.
    01/02/2020 13:50

    Water , gas , oxygen and heat. Got it. Three things.

  • Brandon B.
    12/29/2019 18:51

    Whaaat? Who the hell said women cant like science?

  • Mikal A.
    12/29/2019 16:46

    I see she can't count says 3 but names 4 I guess she didn't win off of intelligence. Ppl are easily fooled

  • Salvino S.
    12/28/2019 04:22

    Its was never for boys, it's for any is science.

  • Kenyon B.
    12/27/2019 21:37

    “Produces 3 things” and proceeds to say 4🤦🏼‍♂️

  • JB S.
    12/26/2019 22:30

    OF COURSE she's in the pharmaceutical industry... 😆

  • Robert N.
    12/26/2019 21:06

    Produces three things: Actually says four.

  • DA R.
    12/26/2019 01:15

    That was 4 things

  • Michael G.
    12/23/2019 17:13

    How any 8th grade can do that

  • Josh W.
    12/23/2019 14:23

    using science to make chemical rainbows shoot across the sky = girls interested in science now

  • Renga S.
    12/21/2019 08:14

    Thank you

  • Mahmudul H.
    12/21/2019 06:36


  • Tara D.
    12/21/2019 05:53

    Instead of getting rid of the swimsuit routine, they should have required the contestants to look fit with a lean muscles. Most of the contestants are skinny fat and no role model in physical education. Their skinny fat look gives young girls a wrong impression about miss contestant type bodies.

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