Miss Virginia 2019 witnessed an uncustomary twosome of beauty and science at Liberty University on July 22 when the newly crowned Camille Schrier performed a science experiment in the talent round.
A personification of beauty with brains, the 24 year-old has mutiple academic accomplishments under her wing.
Apart from being a biochemist and a systems biologist, Camille Schrier is also pursuing a degree in Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
After quitting pageantry at the age of eighteen, Camille Schrier re-entered the beauty scene after Miss America rebranded themselves to shift the focus from exterior appearances to one’s initiatives for social change.
Shunning conventional choices of singing and dancing in the talent round, Camille Schrier paved the way for victory in a lab coat and heels by demonstrating the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.
The chemical reactions built up to a crescendo and exploded into a vibrant foam of colours.
“Now was the time for me to create a mind shift about the concept of talent by bringing my passion for STEM to the stage,” divulged the winner to a press release.
In just an instant, she redefined what constitutes talent and applied her knowledge of science in a field which typically values looks above all.
She also serves as an inspiration for many by rejecting the old dichotomy of career versus interests. She is a living example that one need not forfeit one for the other.
“I truly am a woman of science — that’s my career. So I want to be able to break those barriers and to really inspire young women and men to follow this path if that’s something that they’re passionate about,” she added.
Camille Schrier is going to spend the next year travelling across schools advocating for STEM, drug safety and abuse prevention.
She will next be seen competing for the Miss America title come September.
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