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Miss New York 2016

Camille Sims won the title of Miss New York 2016

May 29, 2016 – Camilla Sims won the title of Miss New York 2016 during a spectacular production at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY. Camille will represent the State of New York and compete for the title of Miss America 2017, airing live on ABC on September 11, 2016 from Atlantic City, NJ.  Camille was 2nd runner up in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in 2010.

During the Saturday preliminary competition Camille received the Talent Award and on Sunday received the Overall Interview Award. For the talent competition Sims sang a jazz vocal to “Sway”. She has written and has produced two music CDs and speaks four languages.

Camille Sims, is a 23 year old graduate from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development. A four year recipient of the Meinig National Merit Scholarship and recipient of the Iconic Woman of Cornell Award.

Encouraging Wellness and Fostering Food Justice is Camille’s personal platform.
As Miss New York 2016, Camille publicizes community initiatives to maximize accessible produce, promote and develop relationships with corporations interested in philanthropy and equality. As the Editor of a Food Justice Newspaper, “Hot Potato Press”, Camille continues to foster Food Justice.

Camille Sims, Miss New York 2016 lives in Ithaca, NY and works in Human Development with an emphasis on youth social and personality development. She graduated from Cornell University with a major in Human Development and a minor in Inequality Studies. Her platform is Ensuring Wellness and Fostering Food Justice. 

Since 2008, Camille has trained in Youth Organizing, Racial Justice, and Food Justice frameworks with pedagogy in experiential learning and cultural competency. The communities she has worked with include low-income and racial/ethnic minorities in Brazil, Ecuador, Turkey, and communities in Upstate New York and throughout Tompkins County.  Her interests have been rooted in nutrition and exposing the diversity as well as the inequality within our food system. Agriculture is an essential portion of the food system and she strives to promote the importance of celebrating indigenous farming practices. Camille works to highlight and celebrate the voices of the food system that are often missed, such as farmers. She serves on the Tompkins County Food Policy Council as a Food Justice chair. Also, she is an Underground artist passionate about Social and Food justice. As a Melungeon, she is dedicated to bringing awareness to under-represented people's struggles and needs.

Media requests for Miss New York 2016 Camille Sims

All media inquiries for  Miss New York should be directed via email to the Miss New York State Business Manager Office or the Executive Director:

Business Manager Office, Linda Carbo,

Executive Director: Debra Cantoni/718-354-0530,


About the Miss New York Organization

The Miss New York State Organization is an official state licensee of the Miss America Organization. As the official preliminary to the Miss America pageant, the Miss New York Pageant’s shares the same objectives as its parent licensee. The organization partners academic scholarships with hands-on leadership to provide New York's brightest women the platform to expand their personal excellence and societal impact. Through our organization we are creating social change across New York State through expert advocacy, encouraging creative arts and physical health for well-balanced women. We are building a community of female ambassadors across the Empire State.

We are certain as titleholders these women’s lives are forever transformed as each woman works her platform to reach the lives of others in hopes of making a difference. The Miss New York Board is solely of a volunteer organization that is committed to recognizing and supporting the intelligence, talent, moral character and personal commitment of its exceptional participants as they demonstrate excellence. To learn more about the Miss New York State Organization and Camille Sims visit



About the Miss America Organization

Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. 

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available millions in cash and scholarship assistance. 

Developed by the Miss America Organization, the Miss America program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women and to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. The program provides a forum for today's young women to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences during the telecast and to the public-at-large during the ensuing year. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. 

In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, which requires each contestant to choose an issue about which she cares deeply and that is of relevance to our society. Once chosen, Miss America and the state titleholders use their stature to address community-service organizations, business and civic leaders, the media and others about their platform issues. Since 1989, Miss America titleholders have appeared at thousands of public speaking engagements and charitable events to generate awareness for a variety of causes, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, diabetes awareness, character education, and literacy.