Montgomery Village woman crowned Miss Maryland USA 2021

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Montgomery Village resident Layilah Nasser was recently crowned Miss Maryland USA 2021. On July 25, she soared above 102 contestants to win the coveted title. Nasser will represent Maryland at the Miss USA pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 4-day Miss USA pageant culminates in an FYI channel broadcast on Monday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. The winner will represent USA at the Miss Universe Pageant in Israel this December.

Upon graduating from Spelman College with honors, Nasser became a recruiter coordinator and staffing channels specialist at Google. She now is the Diversity Talent Acquisition Programming Leader at Adobe, wherein she created many internship opportunities for students. Her career highlight includes having several companies adopt programs that she developed globally for attracting underrepresented talent.

Her company “Queens in Tech Connect” trains women who aspire to have technology-based careers. As Miss Maryland USA, she provides resources to young Marylanders through hands-on-experiences and skill building workshops. Moreover, Nasser has awarded many national scholarships to deserving young women.

As a member of Girl Scouts of America since the 1st grade, Nasser learned the virtue of community service. She completed over 1,000 hours of community service as a Girl Scout, and as an adult she has served as troop leader in two underprivileged communities in the greater Maryland area and overseas in Denmark. In addition, she addressed 250,000 attendees at the 100th year Girl Scout Anniversary celebration in Washington, DC.

As an educational and service-oriented travel enthusiast, Nasser has lived in Denmark and explored Iceland, Japan, England, Thailand, Cuba, Haiti, Morocco, Paris and Spain, just to name a few countries on her travel list. Lastly, she enjoys volunteering with Ronald McDonald House, community outreach programs and other women’s empowerment groups.

Congratulations, Layilah, and best of luck in the Miss USA competition!

For more information about the Miss Maryland competition, visit