2022 Miss Illinois

Monica Niá Jones

Miss Illinois 2022

School: Arizona State University

College Major: Interdisciplinary Studies – Business and Special Events Management

Scholarship Winnings: $16,350

Scholastic Honors: Arizona State University – Black African Coalition Presidents Council Award

ASU Convocation Speaker

Career Ambition: To be an Area Developer for HOTWORX, opening two more locations in Chicago and to have my own Public Relations / Image Consulting Firm.

Talent: Violin

Social Impact Initiative: My Social Impact Initiative is an initiative that brings people together of all backgrounds through music. It promotes the value of music education, exposure, and diversity. By providing resources and opportunities for people to be inspired and cultivated in the classical music industry, M.U.S.I.C can truly be all around us. I plan to bring classical music to underserved communities, having hard conversations with the industry’s greatest, creating scholarship fundraisers, and implementing workshops.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I have received was from my parents which is ” do what you have to do now, so you can do what you want to do later”.