Nigerian-American Derby Ozioma Chukwudi, an investment strategist, author, and beauty queen has won the Miss New Jersey 2023 crown, beating several other contestants in the process. This victory puts her in a strong position to compete for the Miss USA crown later this year.
The 25-year-old Hoboken resident was crowned Miss New Jersey USA 2023 on March 19 at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey. The ceremony was hosted by former Miss Earth USA and Miss New York USA Andreia Gibau.
Chukwudi is an international banker who currently works at JP Morgan. She has been a trailblazer since her secondary education at Louisville Girls College in Ijebu Itele, Nigeria, where she graduated as the valedictorian in 2014. She spent a semester at the University of Lagos before moving to Berea College in Kentucky to continue her studies where she bagged a first-class honours degree in business administration and economics
She competed in the state pageant for the second time, having previously failed to make it to the semifinals in 2021.
Chukwudi’s victory showcases her exceptional beauty and intelligence. She is among the many women achieving great things in various fields, proving that beauty and brains can coexist and lead to remarkable accomplishments.