Caressa Cameron’s life changed for the better earlier this year when she won the title of Miss America. The Virginia Commonwealth University student has since traveled around the world and cross country championing for her platform of HIV/AIDS education, awareness and eradication. The Fredricksburg, Va native lost an uncle to the disease and has since made it her mission to educate America about AIDS prevention.
Caressa served as guest judge at the Joseph Ribkoff Style Off benefiting Bottomless Closet, a program which provides professional clothing, job readiness, and post-employment training to low income women. Ribkoff, as some of you know, is the official clothier of Miss America. She was all smiles as she mingled with fashion insiders at the Lookbooks Lounge.
The question I had to ask her was “what do you get Miss America?” Her face lit up as she talked about coveting the brand new 11-inch Macbook Air, which will definitely come in handy when she goes back to school after her reign. She also wanted a gift card to a jewelry and accessories chain called Charming Charlie, which has several locations in Richmond, Va. Read on for more on her Christmas Wishlist and life after Miss America.
- Sequin Jacket in Black or Gold
- 11-inch Macbook Air
- Sephora Makeup Brush Belt
- Michael Kors Black and Gold Riding Boots
- Charming Charlie Gift Card
What have been some of your favorite cities to visit as Miss America?
I really love New York City and traveling through Philadelphia. I also love Indianapolis and Chicago. The cities I enjoyed the most during my overseas was Montreal and I really love regions of Germany.
What is the most rewarding thing you’ve done as Miss America?
Being able to work on a jewerly collection, the Knot Ribbon, with Fredericksburg designer Rebecca Worth, for my AIDS platform. It’s being sold online at the National AIDS Fund.
What’s next after your reign ends?
I’m going back to finish my degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. I have one more year left.
Who are your favorite designers?
On a student’s budget, I love Guess by Marciano and Armani Exchange because they are fashionable and affordable. I also love Joseph Ribkoff, who has dressed me as Miss America. BCBG also makes really beautiful dresses for every occasion.
Can you give us some beauty tips?
- You have to drink a lot of water and make sure you moisturize. I use moisturizer religiously because of altitude changes during my weekly travels. It can wreak havoc on your skin if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
- You should take a break from heavy make-up once in a while. You don’t have to wear foundation everyday. Sometimes applying just a loose powder or bronzer is just what your skin needs to glow.
Any advice for aspiring Miss Americas?
Keep trying. It took me four tries to win Miss Virginia. If you really want to be Miss America, you have to work hard towards your goal and don’t get discouraged if you lose a title. Also you have to remember that whatever is meant to be will be.