Tonya Cooper
Personal Information
Full name Tonya Larissa Cooper
Age 27
Hometown Potomac, Maryland, U.S.
Residence Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Beauty pageant titleholder ∙ political staffer
Alma mater American University (B.A.)
Georgetown University (M.A.)
Beauty Pageant Career
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Height 5 ft 8 in (172 cm)
Titles Miss District of Columbia
Major competitions 1st Miss District of Columbia Competition
1st Miss USA Competition
Miss District of Columbia

Tonya Larissa Cooper is an American beauty pageant titleholder and staffer in the U.S. Senate. She is the current Miss District of Columbia, and will represent the District of Columbia at the 1st Miss USA Competition.

Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Cooper was born in Potomac, Maryland to parents Reginald and Denise Cooper (née Belcher). Her father is of African-American heritage, while her maternal grandparents are Haitian. Reginald works as an attorney, while Denise works for a non-governmental organization. Cooper grew up with two older brothers, Jeffrey and Owen, who are both lawyers.

Cooper attended private schooling growing up. She graduated from Bullis School, as her class's valedictorian. After graduating, she began studying political science at American University in Washington, D.C.. She later received her master's degree in political science from Georgetown University. Cooper works as a staffer in the U.S. Senate.


Cooper began her pageantry career while competing in the 1st Miss District of Columbia Competition. She went on to win the competition, becoming Miss District of Columbia, also winning Miss Congeniality. She will now represent the District of Columbia in the 1st Miss USA Competition.


Miss USAEdit

  • State: District of Columbia
  • Hometown: Washington, D.C.
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5 ft 8 in
  • Biography: Tonya was born to a politically active family in Potomac, Maryland. Her father escaped poverty by becoming an attorney, while her mother was born to Haitian immigrants. After graduating from the Bullis School as valedictorian, Tonya studied political science at American University. Afterwards, she received a master's degree from Georgetown University. For several years, Tonya has worked as a staffer in the United States Senate, and has aspirations to eventually serve as White House Chief of Staff.