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The Reigning Queen Alexandra Nicole Lakhman Miss New Jersey USA 2022 has just crowned her successor, The Winner Against 126 Contestants, Derby Chukwudi as Miss New Jersey USA 2023 at the end of Grand Finale and Coronation in Hilton Parsippany The 4-Star Hotel at 1 Hilton Ct, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Jew Jersey 07054 today on Sun, Mar 19, 2023 which started at 5:30 EDT LIVE at Viewstub.

The Newly Crowned Derby Chukwudi Miss New Jersey USA 2023, the 72ND Miss USA 2023 Contestant will represent her NJ State at the upcoming Miss USA 2023 Pageant where the reigning queen R'Bonney Gabriel Miss Texas USA 2022, Miss USA 2022 & Miss Universe 2022 will crown her successor at the end of Grand Finale in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. New Queen Derby Chukwudi is The First Miss New Jersey USA in Dr. Anne Jakrajutatip Miss Universe Ownership.

Full Name D. O. Chukwudi aka Derby Chukwudi has contested in three equal phases of preliminary competition namely Interview in Private, Swimsuit Round, and Evening Gown Parade which weighs ⅓ Fitness, ⅓ Evening Gown, ⅓ Interview. The results from these preliminary phases of competition are weighted equally, and she scored composite highest to become winner. The pageant has No performing talent competition and No previous pageant experience is necessary to contest.

Derby Chukwudi is a Nigerian-American woman in Finance who works with the Global Investment Strategy Team at JPMorgan Private Bank in New York City.

Born in Dallas, Texas, raised in Lagos, Nigeria Derby believes in living a limitless life, filled with purpose to elevate others; the catalyst for her leaving home at age 16 to pursue her college education. Derby was named a 2023 finalist for the She Inspires Rising Star Awards for her exceptional leadership, responsibility, and impact in her field.

Derby’s mission is for schools in all 50 states of the United States to require financial education and she partners with national organizations as an advocate.

Her approach to life is one full of gratitude, hard work, and resilience. Derby is honored to compete in Miss USA 2023 and hopes to inspire others to recognize that their differences are their greatest asset, and everyone should have a chance to fulfill their dreams.

Contestant's Statement: It takes a village to go far and achieve your goals: D. O. Chukwudi

This post is dedicated to my sponsors who have invested their time, talent, and treasure into my journey to Miss New Jersey USA for the past few months.

Ken @kenpilates - it has been a joy to take classes with you while also stretching myself to go above and beyond. Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging along the way.

Matthew @itsmatthewc - thank you for writing my story in the recent feature of Hoboken Girl @thehobokengirl . Your persistence to see everything go well is admirable.

Jamez Eli (the E that’s doesn’t like IYKYK) @jamez.eli - you are one full of diverse talents and are rare to find. Thank you for seeing the vision of what could be and bringing it to life.

Alvin @dollowproductions - thank you for capturing various aspects of my essence and style.

@suitetee - thank you for a tailored experience and taking good care of me during our session.

Krystal @vigorouslylashedup - you are amazing and you excellently took care of my skin to make it glow all weekend

Valerie @mintmarket - you have been a definition of joy and excitement. Thank you for bringing me into your incredible vintage store and creating some magic that we will both remember for a long time.

Vision Room @_thevisionroom - thank you for having such an incredible studio and making space for us to create art through pictures.

To all the individuals not mentioned who made my journey to Miss New Jersey USA possible - thank you for believing in me and giving me a shot.

Now it’s game time and I’m ready to let my light shine throughout the entire weekend.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Williamson

Styled by @mintmarket
📸: @richpolio

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