By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: July 17, 2018 | 12:15 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – The newly crowned Miss Virginia 2018 Emili McPhail made one of her first public appearances since receiving her title in Prince George County just after the July 4 holiday during Prince George Dairy Food Mart/Citgo’s Customer Appreciation Day, where Miss Virginia signed autographs and met and greeted customers and the public during the afternoon.
The event was part of the Customer Appreciation Celebration that lasted from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. that included over $500 in prizes and giveaways! The event was open to the general public. In addition to the opportunity to meet and speak with Miss Virginia, and a free spin on a large roulette wheel for a really great prize, a large flat-screen television was also given away!
Miss Virginia Emili McPhail greets Tracey McGregor of Prince George at the Prince George Dairy Food Mart/Citgo Customer Appreciation Event.
Prince George Dairy Food Mart Citgo, located at 6335 Courthouse Road recently became a Citgo-branded site in December 2017 and this event was to thank the community for the overwhelming success and support since the changeover.
Miss Arlington Emili McPhail was crowned Miss Virginia 2018 on Saturday evening, June 22, before a crowd of hundreds at Liberty University’s Center for Music & Worship. She was awarded a $20,000 scholarship and will travel to Atlantic City in September to compete in the Miss America Pageant. McPhail, who graduated in May 2018, from Hollins University, where she studied communication and psychology, originally hails from Roseboro, North Carolina. For the talent portion of the Miss Virginia competition, she very eloquently performed a piano number from her favorite Broadway musical, the Phantom of the Opera.
McPhail was asked what winning the prestigious title of Miss Virginia meant to her. She briefly hesitated, smiled, and said, “In the moment, I felt unspeakable joy. I worked really hard for this. I competed as an Outstanding Teen. I also spent my last four years in college and I used the scholarships I earned when competing for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen to get my education. I spent the last few months preparing for Miss Virginia, and there was a tremendous amount of preparation. To now be going to the Miss America pageant is probably the most exciting thing I can think of.”
The newly-crowned Miss Virginia waves to the audience with a radiant smile.
She was also asked about the new emphasis on inner beauty, as opposed to outward beauty. There will no longer be a swimsuit or evening gown competitions. “I have to say that I was originally pretty defensive, and I felt that it was a hard change to swallow since it has been a tradition in the entire history of our program. I now think it is a step in the right direction. If we are talking about fitness, you can’t judge a woman’s fitness based on what her body looks like in a swimsuit. I also love the idea of expanding the evening gown competition to something that is more red carpet and more inclusive to everyone’s style. So perhaps a hard change to swallow, definitely difficult, but exciting.
Emili McPhail, Miss Virginia 2018, very much looks, and sounds, like she could be the total package that might just be our next Miss America! Good luck Emili!