Miss Greater Sampson County, Victoria Huggins, recently became the 80th Miss North Carolina to take the crown. And this past weekend, she granted The Richmond Observer a live interview
Huggins said that growing up in a small town has helped her prepare for the platform as Miss America. The St. Pauls native of Robeson County is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and mass communications. She previously served as a producer and reporter for Carolina in the Morning at WECT in Wilmington, NC.
“The producer mind never stops, even as we’re doing this interview, I’m thinking about what I would be doing in the control room,” said Huggins.
Interviewing has always been major part of being a journalist, and Huggins said that by previously being involved in the field, she feels right at home. Through the use of her camera knowledge, she has applied the many skills to Miss North Carolina, which she says has made her job a lot easier. Things have not always come easy for the 23-year old woman, as she has tried multiple times to obtain the crown. A piece of advice that she offered is to “never give up on your goals and dreams.”
“When I got a ‘no’, I looked at myself and said,’you know, how can I make myself a better person?’ and I really strove towards being the best Victoria Huggins that I could possibly be, and who I wanted to be as Miss North Carolina and ultimately as Miss America.”
The crown may be on her head, but she says that she wants people to look beyond that. Above all else, Huggins wants people to be aware of her major platform, the fight against alzheimers. She is the first to advocate with the platform of Alzheimers, something that she says is very near and dear to her heart.
“Also, I want to be the second Miss North Carolina to achieve the title of Miss America. We have not brought that home since 1962 and I think it’s time to change that, and I’m the woman for the job!”
You can watch Miss North Carolina, Victoria Huggins, represent our state on November 10 at 8 p.m., but before that, she would like to gain your support for the Peoples Choice competition, which guarantees the spot of fifteen contestants.