Miss South Carolina USA
Age 23 | Lexington | Instagram
Miss South Carolina USA, Marley D’Lynn Stokes is a Lexington native and the 2016 Miss South Carolina Teen USA. A licensed phlebotomist, Marley has spent much of the pandemic administering COVID-19 antibody tests. In 2019, she attended the Makeup Forever Academy in New York City and now works as a part-time makeup artist.
Diagnosed in elementary school with learning disabilities, Marley has made it a life’s mission to share her story with elementary schools encouraging children to colorfully express themselves through her “Crayons for Kids” program. “Crayons for Kids” began as a middle school community service project and eventually was shared with children throughout the state of South Carolina.
Marley has modeled at the Atlanta Apparel Mart and the Chicago Merchandise Mart for the likes of pageant and prom designers such as Sherri Hill, Tony Bowls, and Jasz Couture. She has also been featured in ad campaigns within Seventeen Magazine and Teen Vogue Prom
In her spare time, she has found a new love for golfing, often playing with her father. She has also honed some backyard skills in ax throwing as well as archery. She also enjoys working out.
A dancer at heart, Marley trained in dance for more than ten years. She has studied dance in New York City with the Rockettes, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway.
As Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2016, she had an impressive 2nd place finish at Miss Teen USA…a feat she hopes to better when she competes at Miss USA.
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