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2011 2013


Name
Erika Powell
Age
26
Hometown
Easley, South Carolina
Previous experience
Miss South Carolina (MAO) 2005 (Top 10 Miss America 2006)
Placement at Miss USA
Top 16

Biography

Erika Grace Powell is a Vocal Performance graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South. Erika was crowned Miss South Carolina 2005 and advanced to the 2006 Miss America Pageant, where she won the Bernie Wayne overall talent award and placed as a top ten finalist. In 2007, she was engaged for Lyrique en Mer/Festival de Belle Ile, the largest Opera Festival in Western France where she performed Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and Verdi's La Traviata. Erika won The Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the District of South Carolina and competed at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, GA as part of the Regional competition in 2009. Miss Powell was both the state and regional winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition for South Carolina and Southeast five different times. Erika was most recently seen in The New York Philharmonic’s 2011 production of Janáek's The Cunning Little Vixen.

Residing in New York City the last three years, Erika has continued to develop her career with a diverse engagement calendar. She received her SAG eligibility for work in the new hit movie, "Something Borrowed" featuring Kate Hudson. She is excited to further her pursuits of acting for film, television, and modeling. Erika has been spotted on television shows like "Ugly Betty," "White Collar," "Royal Pains," "The Good Wife," and in commercials for Kohl's, Lowe's, and many others.

Miss USA Competition Photos

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State Pageant Photos

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Professional Photos

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Appearance Photos

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Previous Pageant Photos

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Miss America 2006 (Top 10, Prelim talent award)





Erika won the talent award the same night Julia Bachison (UT USA 08) won swimsuit


Miss South Carolina 2005 (Winner)
















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