Elizabeth Pierre’s first pageant was the Miss Boston/Miss Cambridge competition in 2020, in which she won the Beantown suburb’s title. After a 17-month wait, she was crowned Miss Massachusetts 2021 on July 17, and is aiming to take the Miss America title this December.
Twenty-three women from across the commonwealth competed in the two-day pageant, which was described as one of the most competitive in recent history.
First runner-up was Kristina Ayanian, Pierre’s “sister queen” and Miss Boston, and the two shared a couple of thoughts while they were waiting for that final announcement.
“We were just saying how proud we are, because we started the journey together,” Pierre said. “So, being on the Miss Massachusetts stage as the last two holding hands was such a full-circle moment.”
Pierre said she plans to spend her year promoting her social impact initiative, We Hear You, which empowers young people.
“It’s about empowering young voices,” she said. “I really want young people to become the leaders that they are, especially in this world right now, where we’re so divided and so polarized.”
The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Pierre is the first of her family to be born in the U.S. She said she is excited to visit Haiti one day.
She added that she wants to understand her family and their culture, and feels for the Haitians who are currently experiencing troubled times.
“I think the country is really struggling, and it’s really sad. As the first free black nation, we never really had the opportunity to celebrate that,” she said. “Moving forward, I hope we can find some stability, and be able to be a nation on its own.”
Pierre said she decided to compete in her first local almost a year-and-a-half ago, because she loved the Miss America Organization’s talent phase of competition. A classically-trained dancer, Pierre said she gave it a shot, just “for fun.”
“I ended up with the title and now, after a year of a lifetime, I’m excited to continue,” she said. “I’m so excited to go to Miss America. It’s the 100th year! I’m excited to be able to join the 100th class, represent the commonwealth, and hopefully be the first Miss Massachusetts to take home the crown.”
For more information, visit http://www.missmass.org.