HARLINGEN — Anyssa Rivas will be competing today in the Miss Texas Petite pageant in San Antonio.
This will be the 19-year-old’s first state pageant, though she is not a stranger to them.
She started pageantry locally at the Miss Cinco De Mayo pageant.
“It was an amazing experience. I was awarded first runner up two years in a row,” she said.
“With those experiences in that type of organization it opened my eyes to helping the community,” Rivas said.
She is currently enrolled at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and is majoring in nursing.
Rivas said she remembers recruiters attending her high school where she was first introduced to pageants.
“The experience made me decide to look into it more and I found a lot of organizations in the community,” she said.
Because of COVID-19, the rules and guidelines for the pageants have changed. Rivas said every guest must wear a mask, sign a questionnaire asking if they have had symptoms. Also, the pageant will have to be at 50 percent capacity.
Rivas is the only contestant representing the Rio Grande Valley in the pageant.
“It is something different because it is a state title and I have only competed against local girls,” she said.
The pageant consists of a swimwear competition, interview and evening gown.
Rivas attended Harlingen High School. She said she would love to represent both her city and her state.