A native of Barrington, Vivica Lewandowski was crowned Miss Illinois Teen USA on 28 May 2023 and will represent Illinois at Miss Teen USA 2023 in Reno, Nevada. Vivica is the daughter of Miss Illinois USA 1998 Mandy Lane, and says that playing with her mom’s Miss Illinois USA crown as a child created a desire within her to compete herself one day.
Vivica Lewandowski’s journey to Miss Illinois Teen USA began many years ago. Playing with her mom’s Miss Illinois USA crown as a child created a desire within her to compete one day.
Vivica is a founder of the nationally known charity, Chicago Charity Clays, which has raised over $2 million for veterans’ PTSD research, family therapy, and marriage counseling. This has turned her into a big advocate for mental health awareness and she enjoys sharing about her philanthropic efforts online, hoping to inspire others to get involved. Vivica is a driven person, and has been learning to speak, write, and read in Mandarin Chinese for eight years. She has great respect for Chinese people and culture.
This Fall, she’ll be a first-generation University student. Vivica was also a professional ballerina in Chicago throughout middle/high school, and a Presidential Scholar award recipient.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Vivica’s state pageant photos.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
There’s nothing better than watching a contestant progress from year to year! Here’s a look back at Vivica’s previous pageant photos.