2022 Miss Arizona

Melody Pierce

Miss Arizona 2022

School: Arizona State University

College Major: Journalism and Mass Communications

Scholarship Winnings: $16,000

Scholastic Honors: Organizational Leadership Certification from Harvard Business School, Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapist Program Recovery Coach Certification, Confident Body Confident Child Course Certification, Magna Cum Laude Graduate, Arizona State University Dean’s List, Society of Female Scholars, Outstanding Student Leader Award at Arizona State University

Career Ambition: Publicist and Recovery Coach present in all 50 states.

Talent: Power Tap Dance

Social Impact Initiative: S.T.E.P.S. Toward Eating Disorder Recovery and Awareness has become a curriculum, a community impact presentation, legislation, my business as an eating disorder recovery and body acceptance coach and more. My social impact was created after I personally struggled with an eating disorder after being diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 10 after the loss of my father. Now, I use my story of hope to make sure that no one has to face their mental illness alone.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? I’ve received so many valuable pieces of advice but one that stands out to me the most would have to be from my best friend Lauren. She told me one day when I was stressed about school and life in general: “Believe in yourself to the degree that your younger self believes in you.” I always keep that image in my mind whenever I am going after new goals or trying new things to try them in a way that would make little me proud.