Queen Azalea

Victoria Huggins is humbled and thrilled to return to her second home of Wilmington to serve as the 74th Queen Azalea! No stranger to the North Carolina Azalea Festival, Victoria returns as a former member of the Queen’s Court as Miss Wilmington 2016, Miss North Carolina 2017, and former emcee of both the Azalea Children’s Tea and Azalea Festival Princess Scholarship Pageant. As the first former Miss North Carolina to be chosen as Queen Azalea, she counts this opportunity as one of the greatest honors of her lifetime!

A resident of Vass, NC, Victoria has turned her passion into her career as the Manager for the Walks to End Alzheimer’s (Fayetteville and Moore County Region) for the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Miss North Carolina Organization, Fayetteville Urban Ministries.

Previously, Victoria served for three years as the Community and Media Relations Manager of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Class A Minor League Baseball Team), overseeing community presence and partnerships, the founder and director of the team charity, and coordinating media requests.

Victoria represented the Tar Heel State in 2017 as the 80th Miss North Carolina. Traveling over 30,000 miles with over 300 scheduled appearances, she served as a public speaker & philanthropist; from the floor of the legislature in Raleigh, to civic, educational, military, religious, and social groups across North Carolina. Her passion for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and music therapy captured the attention of local and national leadership, in addition to being featured on FOX News and PEOPLE Magazine. At the 2018 Miss America Competition, Victoria received the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award recognizing her efforts to raise over $30 thousand dollars to benefit her state CMN Hospitals.

Nurturing relationships that were cultivated as Miss North Carolina, Victoria continues to serve as a keynote speaker in Alzheimer’s and Dementia conferences across the state, including the launch of the North Carolina Brain Health Registry in conjunction with Duke University’s Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Prior to her year of service as Miss North Carolina, Victoria was the Morning News Producer for WECT/WSFX in Wilmington, NC. For two years, Victoria worked third shift on “Carolina in the Morning”, juggling her responsibilities behind the scenes in the control booth and in front of the camera as a reporter. In 2016, cheered on in the audience by her WECT & FOX Wilmington crew, Victoria was crowned Miss Wilmington and passionately served as an ambassador to the Port City.

As a singer and actress, Victoria has been honored to grace stages and television screens nationwide through a variety of opportunities: from Screen Gems Studio in Wilmington as a Principal Actress in commercials, traveling as a requested motivational speaker and singer, to being in the Top 100 on “American Idol” at the age of 16, to the stage of McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson starring as Belle in their sold-out production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” the Broadway Musical in 2018.

Victoria received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication with a double minor in Music and Religion from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration online, utilizing her scholarships earned through the Miss America Organization.

Victoria Huggins
2021

Anne Hawthorne
2020

Anne Hawthorne grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and is thrilled and honored to come home to be the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea 2020 to celebrate Wilmington and return to her roots. Always following her dreams and supported by her family and friends in Wilmington, she made the move to the Big Apple—NYC after graduating cum laude from East Carolina University, where she performed on Broadway in Fosse with Ben Vereen, Ann Reinking, and Bebe Neuwirth, Pajama Game, The Merry Widow with Placido Domingo, A Christmas Carol with Tim Curry, and as a Radio City Rockette.

Before her success on Broadway, she spent time on the road performing in CATS National Touring Company, Animal Crackers at Arena Stage, DC, where she was Assistant Choreographer to Baayork Lee.
She also performed in Street Scene with Wolff Trapp Opera Co., as well as other regional theaters. Her film credits include Tribal TV series, Realization Inc., A Miracle on Christmas Lake (nominated for AMPIA Best Actress), Dark Hearts, Flirting with Forty, Heart of the Country as actor/producer, Mutant World, Picking Up and Dropping Off, The Other Woman, Undercover Christmas, Hollywood Wives, Simple Revenge.

As a (FOUNDING) partner in Zak Barnett Studios—an acting school in Los Angeles that specializes in entertainment rooted in spirituality and activism—Anne is able to continue her life arts education and share her craft with others.

Although Anne lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband, three children, and golden retriever Jackson, she spends the summer months in Wrightsville Beach so that her family can grow up sharing the same North Carolina traditions and roots that nurtured her throughout her life.

Past Queens

Anne Hawthorne
2020

Briana Venskus
2019

Beth Troutman
2018

Kira Kazantsev
2017

Anna Kooiman
2016

Mallory Hagan

Mallory Hagan
2015

Kirsten Haglund

Kristen Haglund
2014

Jennifer Wayne

Jennifer Wayne
2013

Ericka Dunlap

Ericka Dunlap
2012

Heather French Henry

Heather French Henry
2011

Lindsey Shaw
2010

Amprapali Ambegaokar

Amprapali Ambegaokar
2009

Barbara Alyn Woods

Barbara Alyn Woods
2008

Amy Pietz

Amy Pietz
2007

Tanisha Lynn
2006

Kelly Packard

Kelly Packard
2005

2004-DariAlexander6

Dari Alexander
2004

2003-TraceyBregman6

Tracy Bregman
2003

Valerie Wildman
2002

Nikki Deloach

Nikki Deloach
2001

Nina Repeta

Nina Repeta
2000

Sydney Penny

Sydney Penny
1999

Alla Korot
1998

Lauren Roman

Lauren Roman
1997

Gina Tognoni

Gina Tognoni
1996

Laura Bonarrigo

Laura Bonarrigo
1995

Laura Sisk
1994

1993-KellyRipa6

Kelly Ripa
1993

Clare Carey

Clare Carey
1992

Tonja Walker

Tonja Walker
1991

Kate Collins
1990

Rebecca Arthur

Rebecca Arthur
1989

Kim Morgan Greene

Kim Morgan Greene
1988

Robin Greer

Robin Greer
1987

Kim Zimmer
1986

Phylicia A. Rashad

Phylicia A. Rashad
1985

Sharon Wyatt

Sharon Wyatt
1984

Laura Bonarrigo

Tina Gayle
1983

Lynda Goodfriend
1982

Maureen Teefy

Maureen Teefy
1981

Lacey Neuhaus

Lacey Neuhaus
1980

Laurie Walters

Laurie Walters
1979

Nancy Addison
1978

Francesca James

Francesca James
1977

Rita McLaughlin

Rita McLaughlin
1976

Stephanie Braxton

Stephanie Braxton
1975

Sharon Gless
1974

Joan Van Ark

Joan Van Ark
1973

Ann Elder

Ann Elder
1972

Phyllis Davis

Phyllis Davis
1971

Karen Jensen
1970

Chris Noel

Chris Noel
1969

Linda Cristal

Linda Cristal
1968

Melody Patterson

Melody Patterson
1967

Ulla Stromstedt
1966

Patricia Blair

Patricia Blair
1965

Abby Dalton

Abby Dalton
1964

Nancy Malone

Nancy Malone
1963

Whitney Blake
1962

Shelly Fabares

Shelly Fabares
1961

Linda Christian

Linda Christian
1960

Debra Paget

Debra Paget
1959

Esther Williams
1958

Kathryn Grayson

Kathryn Grayson
1957

Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen
1956

Sara Shane

Sara Shane
1955

Ella Raines
1954

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith
1953

Cathy Downs

Cathy Downs
1952

Margaret Sheridan

Margaret Sheridan
1951

Gregg Sherwood
1950

Martha Hyer

Martha Hyer
1949

Jacqueline White

Jacqueline White
1948