Destiny Clark

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Destiny Clark
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Destiny Clark, performs at the preliminaries of Miss America 2016.
Destiny Joy Clark

1991/1992 (age 26–27)
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
TitleMiss Anne Arundel County 2015
Miss Maryland 2015
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss America 2016

Destiny Joy Clark is an American singer, songwriter, and beauty pageant titleholder from Gaithersburg, Maryland, who was crowned Miss Maryland 2015. She competed for the Miss America 2016 title in September 2015.

Pageant career[edit]

Early pageants[edit]

In October 2014, Clark was selected as a state finalist in Maryland's Miss USA pageant system. After raising the $995 entry fee through a GoFundMe campaign, Clark competed in the 2015 Miss Maryland USA pageant held October 31–November 2, 2014. She was the fourth runner-up to state title winner Mamé Adjei.[1]

Miss Maryland 2015[edit]

On January 11, 2015, Clark was crowned Miss Anne Arundel County 2015.[2] She entered the Miss Maryland pageant at Hagerstown's Maryland Theater in June 2015 as one of 24 qualifiers for the state title.[3] Clark's competition talent was singing an original song while playing a guitar.[2] Her platform is "Forge Your Own Destiny: The Importance of Self-Discovery and Mentorship for Our Youth".[4]

Clark won the competition on Saturday, June 27, 2015, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Maryland titleholder Jade Kenny.[2] She earned more than $10,000 in scholarship money, a fox fur coat, and other prizes from the state pageant.[2][5] As Miss Maryland, her activities include public appearances across the state of Maryland.

Vying for Miss America 2016[edit]

Clark was Maryland's representative at the Miss America 2016 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2015.[5][6] In the televised finale on September 13, 2015, she placed outside the Top 15 semi-finalists and was eliminated from competition. She was awarded a $3,000 scholarship prize as her state's representative.[7][8] In addition, Clark was awarded a $1,000 Non-Finalist Talent scholarship for her original vocal and guitar performance.[9]


  1. ^ "Official Results". Miss Maryland USA. November 2, 2014. Archived from the original on August 1, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Calhoun, Caleb (June 27, 2015). "Miss Anne Arundel County crowned Miss Maryland". The Herald-Mail. Hagerstown, MD: Schurz Communications. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Charlip, Rachel (June 28, 2015). "Miss Maryland 2015 crowned". Hagerstown, MD: WHAG-TV. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Introducing Our Miss Maryland & Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen". Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization. Archived from the original on August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Destiny Clark crowned Miss Maryland 2015 in Hagerstown". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, CA: Hearst. Associated Press. June 27, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "State Contestants: Maryland - 2015". Miss America. 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Miss America Show Scholarships 2016". Miss America. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "The 2016 Miss America Competition Scholarships & Awards" (Press release). Miss America. September 16, 2015. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, Crowned Miss America 2016" (Press release). Miss America. September 13, 2015. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jade Kenny
Miss Maryland
Succeeded by
Hannah Brewer