A native of Anderson, A’Niyah Birdsong was crowned Miss Indiana USA on 26 July 2021 and represented Indiana at the Miss USA 2021 pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has a degree in Biology and works for Eli Lilly and Company.
A’Niyah was born and raised in Anderson, Indiana. She’s a salutatorian, military high school graduate. She attended Indiana University and graduated with a degree in Biology in conjunction with a Business Life Sciences certificate. After college, she decided to take up space at Eli Lilly and Company as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative and was recently promoted to a Sr. Associate Marketer. When she’s not strategizing to improve patient outcomes, she spends her time advocating for women’s involvement in STEM fields and empowering women to be DISRUPTIVE leaders in their networks.
All her life, she has earned the title of DISRUPTER by challenging the status quo, by inserting herself in spaces that lack diversity and representation, and by not being complacent with “no’s” in life. She challenges all women to #DareToDisrupt because the world needs to feel you. It needs your presence.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are A’Niyah’s state pageant photos.
Watch A’Niyah’s life change as she is crowned Miss Indiana USA 2021. Her first runner-up Samantha Toney had also been 1RU in 2020. She won the 2022 pageant.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
A’Niyah has competed in the Miss Indiana system for a number of years. Her first year competing in Miss Indiana USA she placed second runner-up to Alexis Lete in 2020.
All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See A’Niyah’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Samantha Toney as Miss Indiana USA 2022.
Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are “after the crown” photos, including the Miss USA 2021 reunion trip to San Diego.