Lisa Opie is a swimsuit designer and model probably best known for her titles of Miss Nationwide 2014 and Miss Virgin Islands 2013. Her measurements are 32C-22-32.
Lisa Opie was born in Denver, Colorado, but traveled a lot and lived in places such as Japan, Barbados, Spain, California, Illinois, Texas and Virginia. She is half-Japanese and half-Caucasian and can speak English, Japanese and Spanish.
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As a kid, she dreamed of being a flight attendant, but said, “I’m scared of flying.”
Growing up, Lisa Opie was homeschooled for elementary school, but attended a private Christian school for middle school, and public schools for high school. She was bullied, however, in school for how she looked. She turned to beauty pageants, which helped her overcome the bullying. “I was bullied and wanted to build confidence. I thought [pageants] would help my self-esteem. I think pageants are important for women to build skills that can be applied to the real world like interview, public speaking, poise, confidence and community involvement.”
She has been modeling since she was 14. “I went to a casting call at 14 to see if I had what it takes to model. Luckily, I was chosen…I love it and I hope to stay in the industry for a while.”
Lisa Opie has a degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in history. She said she is most proud of her education.
She has since gone on to design the swimwear brand Vizcaya Swimwear. “I draw all of my inspirations for my designs through my travels around the world.” She decided to launch her brand as she realized she didn’t want to “work for someone in an office job for the rest of my life. I love the fashion industry.”
Lisa Opie also started the “Lade Code,” which is an anti-bullying campaign. “We want to put an end to bullying and we believe that by ending bullying, we can eliminate many problems the youth face today such as self-confidence issues, eating disorders and drug abuse.”
In the future, she saw herself “graduating from law school.” Lisa Opie is currently single and resides in Miami, Florida.