Titleholder Interview: Li Ling Rivera

Titleholder Interviews


Who is Li Ling Rivera?

Currently Miss Queens 2016

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Fundraising: Miss America for Kids


Why did you begin competing in pageants? I have always been involved with public speaking. I have been a part of the National Forensics League for several years and strongly believe in the power of a single voice. For years I have recited original orations and spoken extemporaneously on many issues I believe we face in America – however, I have been speaking to the wrong audience. I began competing in pageants to help gain awareness to my platform and to connect to and reach out to my target audience, the future of this Nation, Young America.

What do you hope to gain, other than a title? My ultimate goal in all my aspirations is the obtainment of knowledge. Every single person I interact with, every single event I attend, every single movement I participate in will teach me something new about myself and/or the world around me. I hope to grow, to teach and to prosper in my endeavors, but most importantly I hope to experience and to learn. With a combination of the knowledge I have and the knowledge I will gain, I hope to change the way children look at their education. I hope to inspire Young America to express themselves with their most valuable instruments – their voices.

queensWhy is your platform unique? My platform was created before my initial entrance into the Miss America Organization. My platform is the foundation of who I am and how I see the youths in our Nation. I want to inspire Young America to aspire to have the admirable qualities of the women who represent the Miss America Organization. Titleholders must be strong, confident, intellectual, well-spoken, and inspirational. I want all children to understand their potential, capabilities, and to reach for their dreams.

Will you be attending Miss America this year? I definitely will! I have met so many beautiful women, inside and out – and I want to support all the talented, intelligent, and beautiful titleholders on their journeys to Miss America.

What appearance or service event would you like to do most before the end of your reign? Before the end of my reign, I want to participate in many events and also bring awareness to many causes and services. I was only crowned yesterday, but I am already looking forward to the soon approaching Alzheimer’s walk and Kidney Walk. However, before the end of my reign I hope to have organized many local speech tournaments in my local community. These speech tournaments will give youths the opportunity to create original orations and share them amongst a supportive audience. I hope to give many children the chance to gain confidence and knowledge.

12025584_10207683012058533_1364483697_nWhich is your favorite phase of competition? My favorite phase of competition is the Talent phase. During this phase we are able to see the essence of each performer’s character and their passions portrayed on a stage. I love seeing titleholders share a part of their lives and hearts with the audience. Of course, I love reciprocating the honor!

What advice do you have for a girl who thinks she can’t compete in pageants? There is no reason any girl should think they cannot compete in pageants. Pageants are not about winning – they are channels that help young women to grow in confidence, service, and intellect. Judges and contestants are always supportive. You are all beautiful, and you will gain experience and knowledge that will aid you in the world outside of pageants.

Why should you be Miss America? I would like to be Miss America because I know I can make a difference for young children in their emerging confidence and education. I want to be Miss America because I truly believe serving others is the fundamental base to serving oneself.

Miss Queens 2016

Local Competitions

The Miss Queens pageant held its second pageant this year, serving as a local opportunity for young women in the Queens Borough and Long Island. Like other autumn pageants, like Thousand Islands and Bluebird, holding the pageant early in the season gives a full year of preparation for the state pageant. It also allows titleholders to have nearly a full year as a local titleholder before potentially earning another full year as Miss New York.

This year eight beautiful ladies (and a handful of Princess Prospectives) made their way to the Secret Theater to compete in the 2nd Miss Queens Pageant.



  1. Kendal Collins
  2. Lauren Schwartzberg
  3. Sydney King
  4. Karen Shoker
  5. Paulina Renda
  6. Janette Sheldrick
  7. Alexandra Lefttridge
  8. Li Ling Rivera


  • Interview Award: Li Ling Rivera
  • Lifestyle and Fitness Award: Lauren Schwartzberg
  • Talent Award: Li Ling Rivera
  • Evening Gown Award: Li Ling Rivera
  • People’s Choice: Kendal Collins
  • Spirit Award sponsored by Pageantry Magazine: Li Ling Rivera


  • 1st Runner Up: Lauren Schwartzberg
  • 2nd Runner Up: Kendal Colins

Miss Queens 2016: Li Ling Rivera


Miss Queens 2015

Local Competitions

This year, the first Miss Queens pageant was held. Six contestants from across Queens and Long Island came out to vie for the crown. None of the ladies had held titles in the Miss America system before.

Claudette Gomez, Miss Heart of New York 2014, served as the emcee for the evening.  Jillian Tapper, Miss New York 2014, will be crowning the new winner.


Catherine performed a hoop dance.

Tiffany performed a contemporary dance.

Yolanda performed a monologue of spoken word.

Sydney performed a tap dance.

Dieusita performed a lyrical dance.

Lannetta performed a dramatic monologue.


*Evening Gown:

*Photos courtesy of Sarah Hreyo, Miss Empire Star 2014



2nd Runner Up: Tiffany Farrell

1st Runner Up: Catherine Mannett

Miss Queens 2015: Dieusita Jean