A native of Anchorage, Lissa McKinney was crowned Miss Alaska USA on 1 December 2012 and represented Alaska at the Miss USA 2013 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before winning Miss AK USA she had been to 5 continents, advocating for health and education for those less fortunate in over 15 countries.
Melissa (Lissa) McKinney can be best described as being goal oriented. She has been to 5 continents, advocating for health and education for those less fortunate in over 15 countries. In South Sudan, she started a Children’s Home and Elementary School.
Lissa loves children and enjoys spending time with her family. She currently is the Marketing Coordinator for a local Insurance Brokerage Firm. As an experienced model, she hosts a fashion training event called “Fashion Boot Camp”, for models and industry leaders alike. Her biggest aspiration is to become a U.S. Ambassador and one day represent her country as Secretary of State. She is returning to school for International Law and Foreign Policy.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Lissa’s state pageant photos.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
All beautiful things must come to an end. See Lissa’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Kendall Bautista as Miss Alaska USA 2014.
Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are Lissa’s “after the crown” photos.