A native of Nashville, Elizabeth Graham Pistole was crowned Miss Tennessee USA on 13 March 2021 and represented Tennessee at the Miss USA 2021 pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Inspired by her sister, Natalie, who has Down Syndrome, Elizabeth created “Dancing Divas and Dudes”, a dance team for individuals with special needs.
Elizabeth Graham Pistole was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She still lives in Nashville where she is a fitness instructor at 2 local barre studios. She is also continuing her education by pursuing a master’s degree in marketing with a concentration of social media strategies online at the University of Alabama.
Elizabeth Graham was driven to pursue a master’s degree so that she could have the knowledge to grow and develop her nonprofit, The Dancing Divas and Dudes. The Dancing Divas and Dudes is a dance team for individuals with special needs and was inspired by her sister, Natalie, who has Down Syndrome. Elizabeth Graham wanted to offer her sister and her peers a team environment and teach them how to express themselves through movement. Elizabeth Graham started the Divas and Dudes at 14 years old and has grown it by over 600% over the past 7 years. The Divas and Dudes organization has had the opportunity to serve 45 families in the Southeast. Elizabeth Graham’s goal is to develop a way for chapters of the Dancing Divas and Dudes to be started all over the country. Elizabeth Graham knows the difficulties and obstacles that accompany enacting the change that one believes is needed. This has driven her to want to utilize her year as Miss Tennessee USA to be a resource and inspiration to young adults who want to make a difference.
Elizabeth Graham is honored to get to represent her home state. Her goal is to make the most of every opportunity, empower those that she meets, and be a source of light across the entire state.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Elizabeth Graham’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! Elizabeth Graham competed three times in Teen before winning the Miss pageant on her first try. She was first runner-up in both 2017 and 2019!
All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Elizabeth Graham’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her first runner-up Emily Suttle as Miss Tennessee USA 2022.
Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are “after the crown” photos.