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September 11, 2010

Meet Desiree Wiley, Miss Buffalo

Lockport beauty in the running for state title

LOCKPORT — In 2009, she was crowned the World’s Universal Girl in Orlando, Fla. In 2010, the Lockport native is the new Miss Buffalo. In 2011, the Buffalo State student is eligible to be Miss New York State.

Desiree Wiley, 19, takes it all in stride. The personable beauty has been in the modeling and pageant world since she was 9 years old. She started as “Little Miss Sunburst” at the Lockport Mall and advanced to the nationals in Georgia and placed in the top 10.

Ten years ago, she was 2000 Child Model of the Year in New York City. In 2008, Desiree was the photo double for Kerry Washington in the Chris Rock movie, “I Think I Love My  Wife.”

“Washington was busy, so they take of picture of someone who looks like her — me,” said Desiree who was 17 at the time and is 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds.

“They put her face over mine, but it worked,” the daughter of Jon and Dianne Wiley laughed. “It was a very short part of the film, but definitely a big accomplishment, nonetheless.”

Jon, who holds a master’s degree from Buffalo State, works in a substance abuse program in Buffalo. Dianne is a licensed practical nurse at Beechwood Continuing Care. Siblings Deanna, 13, and Dakota, 11, attend Emmet Belknap Middle School.

Desiree attended Roy B. Kelley, Washington Hunt, Emmet Belknap and graduated from Lockport High School with an advanced Regents diploma in 2009.

She started dancing when she was 9 at the Dyan Mulvey Dance Academy and studied jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern dance. She has been at several recitals at the Historic Palace Theatre. In school, she took part in tennis, track and


“I like to get involved in a little bit of everything, so I never stuck to one sport to the varsity,” she said. “I feel like I am a very outgoing person. It (modeling and dancing) gave me a lot of confidence.”

Desiree said she gets her dancing ability from her mother, who competed in scholarship competitions as a child and won Our Little Miss titles at the local


Desiree enjoyed the Academy Award winning movie “Little Miss Sunshine,” a spoof on child beauty pageants. “That not exactly how it happens, but it was a good movie,” she said. “It was very


The International Model and Talent Association named her 2000 Child Model of the Year in New York City and she keeps busy as a commercial model for Exxcel Model and Talent Agency.

Recently, Desiree was an extra in a Reebok commercial and she auditioned for a spot at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships as a spokesmodel for Lacoste.

While going to school, Desiree works as a greeter at Heinrich Chevrolet.

The Miss Buffalo pageant was part of the National Buffalo Wing Festival last weekend at Coca Cola Field. “For the day, I was Miss Buffalo Wing, now I’m Miss Buffalo,” she said.

That is an official preliminary to the Miss New York State competition. There were four parts to the Miss Buffalo competition: A five-minute private judges’ interview, a 90-second talent presentation, physical fitness in swimsuit, evening wear, and on-stage question.

Desiree did an emotional and elegant lyrical dance to a Beyonce’s “Halo.”

While the seven contestants were on the main stage, folks on the Buffalo Bisons field were eating chicken wings. “I was pretty jealous, but after, I had my share,” she said. “Every wing I had was pretty good.”

Desire won a four-year scholarship to Buffalo State, which will carry her through to a master’s degree, $250 and an all-expense paid trip to Albany to compete for the 2011 Miss New York State title.

Desire is majoring in broadcast journalism. “I want to be a reporter some day,” she said.

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