The search for Vizcaya Swimwear’s new spokesmodel featured some of the most beautiful women from around the USA. The luxury swimwear brand looked over hundreds of applicants to come up with their impressive roster of 21 finalists. As the competition went on, the top 12 were called and given their month for the annual Vizcaya Swimwear calendar. Mischaela Elkins was named “Miss September”.
She happily explained “I’m moved by winning Miss September because September has always been my “lucky” month. I met my fiance during September of 2016, and nearly every year – something really special and fated for me happens during this month.” Mischaela got engaged at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool to her now fiance Fabrizio Valerga Svagelj. The ring was a stunning multi-carat emerald cut verdant green emerald with a diamond halo and shank. The perfect turn of events for the modeling and pageantry veteran.
Mischaela began her pageantry career at age 18, entering the Regional competition for Miss USA during her freshman year at Indiana University. She came in second runner up and left pageantry to focus on her modeling career. Mischaela was one of 300 models who attended Elite’s 2009 New Faces Model Call and was 1 of 3 models who received a callback with an agency after. After this experience Mischaela began her modeling career officially, and entered a few more modeling competitions – always placing Top 12 or higher.
After modeling for a number of years, Mischaela entered the Miss Jetset Magazine modeling competition sponsored and hosted by ultra luxury and high net worth lifestyle magazine “Jetset”. She finished in the Top 5 and was inspired by her success to continue into pageantry. She represented the Lima Region in two National level beauty pageants: Miss Elite Beauty Peru and Miss Model Beauty Peru. Mischaela was able to clinch both top National titles and further boost her resume with more wins and more superlatives. Her additional titles, or subtitles as they are known in pageantry, included Miss Photogenic, Best in Evening Gown, and the Miss Supermodel title.
Mischaela was crowned Miss Peru 2021 for the 15th anniversary Miss World International and Ms. Universe pageant in Hollywood, Florida. A now three time “Miss Peru” titleholder, Mischaela is also the only Miss Peru in history to be a member of MENSA high I.Q. society. After taking home two Miss Peru National titles,and securing the nomination for Miss Peru on the International stage..she set her sights on entering Top Model in the hopes of taking the Top Model Peru moniker. Given her resume, runway training, and unique look – she was able to take the Season 14 Top Model Peru title and is set to walk in London Fashion Week in the finale.
After Top Model, Mischaela competed for the Miss Vizcaya Swimwear title and landed in the Top 12. No small feat given the hundreds of eager and qualified applicants that were vying for the crown and lucrative swimwear brand’s alignment. She will grace the 2022 calendar as “Miss September” – a month that will undoubtedly bring wonderful blessings and new opportunities into her life if the past is any indicator.
This November, Elkins is set to represent the Miss Indigenous Americas title on the Miss Global stage in Bali, Indonesia with 79+ other contestants from all over the globe. In yet another twist of fate and coincidence, she will walk the same stage that Megan Young was crowned Miss World on. Identified as one of Mischaela’s beauty queen inspirations, Megan Young is someone she looks up to for her grace and individuality. Representing the title of Miss Indigenous Americas is important to Mischaela as a woman of mixed European and Native American heritage who wants to see more representation of mixed race Indigenous people in the media and advertisements. She’s one of a handful of Indigenous models including Ashley Callingbull, Quannah Chasinghorse, and Mariah Watchman that are regarded by the media as Indigenous supermodels.
When asked what’s next for her after Miss Global, Mischaela shared “My dream is to represent Peru in a Mrs. pageant. I definitely have my eyes on Mrs. Earth as I’m building my platform around Ocean Conservation and it’s a natural fit. However, only time and fate will tell which system I am accepted into and which Directors I feel can help me build on my platform and take it to new heights. After all, that’s why I joined pageantry to begin with….it’s all about the platform and once a Miss, always a Miss. Formers are forevers as I always say!”