Miss Iowa USA
Miss Iowa USA 2017
Kelsey Anne Weier was born on April 3rd, 1991 in Mason City, Iowa, just three minutes before her twin sister, Kayla. At the age of three, Kelsey and her family moved to Des Moines, Iowa where she was raised and currently resides. Growing up, Kelsey attended catholic school from the age of five where she learned many lessons about the importance of being a role model in the community and giving a voice to others. While in high school, Kelsey experienced many successes both in serving her community and on the athletic field. The Silver Cord Award was bestowed upon Kelsey for the 400+ hours she spent bettering her community through various charitable acts including efforts focused on ecosystem sanitation and nutrition drives for the homeless. Kelsey ran track in high school and was a key member of the distance medley team. As a unit, they posted the fastest qualifying time in the state, giving the team the highest seed for the championship meet. During her junior year, her basketball team won the Central Iowa Metro League and clinched a berth to state tournament. After a fruitful high school career, Kelsey took her talents to Iowa City to attend the Salon Professional Academy. While on her way to earning her professional license, Kelsey’s hard work and ability to connect with others propelled her to an early graduation. Following her success as a student, Kelsey accepted a job at Rick Mosley Hair where she has been repeatedly approbated for her ability to empower her clients. Through her established professional relationships, Kelsey has raised awareness for issues related to environmental sustainability and water quality through the Audubon Society’s “Trashion Fashion Show” as a model and costume designer.
Outside of her professional and philanthropic endeavors, Kelsey’s dedication to wellness keeps her quite busy. In addition to her daily morning workout, she enjoys researching and cooking more nutrient-sensible alternatives to her favorite dishes which include BLTs, pasta, and seafood. During the warmer months, you can find Kelsey outside appreciating the beautiful Iowa scenery on bike rides, while boating, or even laying out at the pool. Kelsey’s infatuation with foreign culture has already taken her to three countries and she plans to visit her fourth next year.
Kelsey’s ambitions as Miss Iowa USA are far-reaching and cathartic. Shriner’s Hospital is one of the many organizations Kelsey plans to give back to during her time as an ambassador for the state. The Shriner’s generosity has provided many necessary medical treatments for Kelsey’s youngest sister, Kalason, who was born with a rare congenital arm disability called arthrogryposis. Despite this condition, Kalason competed in the Miss Iowa Teen USA pageant in 2013 and placed in the top 15. Kalason’s performance and confidence were defining factors in Kelsey’s decision to get involved in the Miss USA organization. In addition to her promotion of charitable conglomerates, Kelsey’s main platform will be to champion against bullying. Growing up, Kelsey was subjected to harsh treatment by her peers and has experienced firsthand the negative impact it can have. As such, she will advocate for anti-bullying efforts and measures to help victims cope with the same problems that she had to overcome.
Kelsey is excited to represent the Miss USA organization as a delegate from Iowa. Through all of her life experiences, triumphs, motivations, learning opportunities, and aspirations, she embodies the spirit of what it means to be a role model in the community and looks forward to the year ahead.