Miss Texas Teen USA

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Chanel Williams

Age 16 | San Antonio | Facebook | Instagram

Beginning at age 15, but wise beyond her years, Chanel Williams chose the crown of Miss Texas Teen USA as the surest way “to make a difference” and let her light shine. Voted upon by her peers, Chanel received the Miss Congeniality award at Miss Texas Teen USA 2022. Chanel also received the Activewear Award. It was her first pageant—and, as Miss Alamo City Teen USA, she was the first contestant in each phase of competition—but Chanel came in first, as judges picked her to represent the Lone Star State at Miss Teen USA.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,” she says, quoting from Colossians 3:23. “This is my favorite Bible verse because I believe that you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you work hard!”

At her high school in San Antonio, Chanel is skipping her junior year and going straight to being a senior who is taking all advanced classes. “I enjoy doing homework—I do—because it is an opportunity to learn that should not be taken for granted. Education allows for the exposure of endless possibilities which ultimately leads us to finding our purpose in life.”

Chanel found a purpose in her volunteer work at Haven for Hope, a transformational campus in the Alamo City that serves men, women, and families, who are experiencing homelessness, and it helps launch their new beginnings. Responding to their testimonies of faith over fear, Chanel is persuaded that everyone’s story is worth hearing. Chanel founded Smiles Behind Goods, a community organization that provides goods to those in need while spreading smiles.

Chanel plans to study political science at the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a career in Criminal Law. “Being a voice for those that do not have one and helping others is one of my true passions” she says.

At 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with dark blonde hair, Chanel is multicultural with German, Spanish, and African American. Through pageantry, her support system has grown from her mother and grandmother to a “triple family now” that includes the team of passionate consultants she’s been blessed with through Miss Texas Teen USA.

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