Evanstonian named Miss Wyoming Teen USA

A young woman from Evanston has been crowned Miss Wyoming Teen USA. Victoria Salas earned the honor during a May 14 pageant in Gillette. She will compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant scheduled in August at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

“I’m so thrilled to represent my state at Miss Teen USA!” Salas told the Herald. “I feel like people underestimate Wyoming, but Wyoming is an incredible state and I can’t wait to show it off.”

Salas is somewhat of a novice when it comes to pageants.

“This is my second pageant that I have competed in,” she said. “I competed last year for the first time ever and I came out as second runner-up. I thought it was so fun, so I tried it again and won. I have always loved watching beauty pageants, since I was a young girl, so that’s why I put myself out there and decided to compete.

The competition was held in conjunction with Miss Wyoming USA. Beck Bridger, Miss Sheridan County USA, won that pageant and will move on to compete in the Miss USA pageant in August.

The annual pageant consists of three proportional segments: evening gown, swimwear/activewear and interview. Eligible young women must be between the ages of 14 and 27 and residents of Wyoming to compete in the pageant.

Salas will graduate from Evanston High School next week, and she plans to go to an esthetician school to get her license in the fall or next spring. “But as of now,” she said, “my main focus is for the title of Miss Teen USA 2023.”

She said winning the competition last week means a lot to her.

“It means so much,” she said. “This title is going to help open so many opportunites for me — not just in the pageant world, but … in the real world. I’m still trying to collect my emotions from the past weekend, but words cannot explain how excited I am to start.”

Both Salas and Bridger will receive thousands of dollars in prizes and awards, according to a press release from Future Productions.

Salas has respect for pageant participants that came before her, saying the competitions aren’t as easy as she once thought.

“When I first started to compete, I imagined it was simple, just seeing all the women walk out and smile,” she told the Herald. “I thought to myself, ‘How hard can this be?’ But as I stepped out onto that stage, I realized how difficult it is to put yourself out there. Over time, as I started doing it more, it made me more confident about myself.”

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