Arianna Afsar

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Arianna Afsar
Arianna Ayesha Afsar

(1991-10-22) October 22, 1991 (age 27)
TitleMiss San Diego's Outstanding Teen 2005
Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2005
Miss San Diego County 2010
Miss California 2010
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2006 (1st RU)
Miss America 2011 (Top 10)

Arianna Ayesha "Ari" Afsar (born October 22, 1991) is an American beauty pageant titleholder and actress from San Diego, California who placed in the top 10 at the Miss America 2011 pageant.

She was in the Original Chicago Cast of Hamilton playing the role of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton in the Chicago production of Hamilton,[1] with performances having begun in late September 2016.

Early life[edit]

Afsar is from California and has a Bangladeshi father and a German American mother.[2][3] She attended Westview High School where she opened Adopt-a-Grandfriend in 2005, to fight loneliness of senior citizens.[4][5] After graduating Westview in 2009 she attended the University of California, Los Angeles.[6][7]



Afsar won the Miss America's Outstanding Teen title for California in 2005[8] and represented California in the inaugural Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Florida in August 2005.[9] As the youngest contestant in the competition, she won a preliminary talent award and placed first runner-up.[10]

She was the winner of Miss San Diego County in 2010.[11][12]

In 2010 Afsar competed in the Miss California pageant for the first time and won the Miss California 2010 title.[13][14] She competed in the Miss America 2011 pageant in January 2011.[15]

American Idol[edit]

In 2009, Afsar was a contestant on American Idol 8. She auditioned in Phoenix and sang "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae.[16][17] She was one of the final 36 contestants.[18] Afsar progressed to the live semifinals but failed to make it through her group and was not selected to compete for a wildcard by the judges.[16][19]


In 2001 she appeared in a production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical as Cindy Lou Who.[20]

It was announced on July 13, 2016, that Afsar would portray the role of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton in the Chicago production of Hamilton beginning performances in late September 2016.[21][22][23][24] Afsar left the Chicago production on March 25, 2018, but briefly returned to the role for the 2nd National Tour's stop at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the weekend of May 19, 2018.[25]


Afsar played the role of "Ellie" in the direction-to-video science fiction action film Martian Land.[26]

Political views[edit]

Ari Afsar is an activist fighting for women's rights. She is on the board of the ACLU of IL Next Gen.[27] She spoke at the youth reception for the ACLU national convention.[28] She is an avid supporter and vocal advocate for Planned Parenthood, USOW, and the Women's March.[29] Ari opened for Michelle Obama at the United State of Women [30] at the Shrine Auditorium. Her father is an immigrant from Bangladesh and her mother is German-American.


  1. ^ "Chicago - Hamilton Official Site". Hamilton Official Site. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  2. ^ ‘Hamilton’ Star Ari Afsar Dares to Be a Voice. TruthDare Podcast, hosted by Toan Lam (podcast). 2017-04-18. Event occurs at 00:02:13. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  3. ^ Zouves, Natasha (13 July 2010). "New Miss California Against Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants". NBC Southern California. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  4. ^ Union-Tribune, San Diego. "Miss California Arianna Afsar shines in the spotlight". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  5. ^ "UCLA student Arianna Afsar crowned Miss California 2010". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  6. ^ "Ari Afsar - Singer/Actor". Sunnynook Drive. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  7. ^ Union-Tribune, San Diego. "San Diegan Arianna Afsar competing for Miss America crown". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  8. ^ "Arianna Afsar | Miss California". Miss California. 2015-04-22. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  9. ^ "2005 Contestants - Miss America's Outstanding Teen". Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  10. ^ "PQ's Arianna Afsar Makes Top 10 in Miss America Competition". 92127 Magazine. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  11. ^ "Miss Yorba Linda third in Miss California pageant". Orange County Register. 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  12. ^ "Past Winners". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  13. ^ Vanessa Rakis-Garabedian, Vanessa (2010-07-10). "Miss S.D. wins Miss California in Fresno". Fresno Bee.
  14. ^ "UCLA students juggle their academic workload with pageant competitions". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  15. ^ "Miss California History". Miss California. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  16. ^ a b Clifford, Jane. "Westview High School student makes the 'American Idol' cut". Signs on San Diego.
  17. ^ Interactive, Tribune. "American Idol Top 36: Arianna Afsar". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  18. ^ "American Idol Audition of the Day: Arianna Afsar". The Hollywood Gossip. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  19. ^ Rushfield, Richard (2009-03-05). "Nine down, now let the wild cards roll". Los Angeles Times.
  20. ^ Phillips, Michael (2001-12-04). ""Grinch" entertains without stealing heart". The Los Angeles Times. p. 190. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  21. ^ "Casting for Chicago's 'Hamilton' announced". Chicago Sun-Times. July 13, 2016.
  22. ^ "UCLA alumna Ari Afsar lands role in Chicago production of 'Hamilton'". Daily Bruin. September 16, 2016.
  23. ^ Nitschke, Emma. "Helpless for 'Hamilton'". Marquette Wire. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  24. ^ Nguyen, Minh (14 July 2016). "Chicago Run of 'Hamilton' Announces Opening Leads". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
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  26. ^ Miller, Thomas Kent (2016-10-31). Mars in the Movies: A History. McFarland. p. 215. ISBN 9780786499144.
  27. ^ "The Next Generation Society". ACLU of Illinois. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  28. ^ "Ari Afsar on Instagram: "The ACLU needs us now more than ever. I had the honor to share my story last Friday for the @acluofil Luncheon. Always Speak Out, Stand Up,…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  29. ^ "Full List of Speakers at Women's March in Chicago". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  30. ^ ja-gaciak (2018-05-05), Ari Afsar performing "We Won't Sleep" at The 2018 United State of Women Summit, retrieved 2018-10-23
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kristy Cavinder
Miss California
Succeeded by
Noelle Freeman
Preceded by
Elizabeth & Isabella Tang
Miss California's Outstanding Teen
Succeeded by
Summer Clark