Maya Youssef

Age: 17
Height: 5’4″
Date of Birth: Aug 28
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

I played soccer, as a goalkeeper, at the most competitive level for one of the top teams in VA, until this past year, when I decided to dedicate my time to following my true passion of singing. Though I miss playing soccer, I really enjoy singing, especially in front of audiences, and writing songs. Also, I greatly value community service and am an active member of Greenpeace International’s save the arctic campaign whose core goal is to protect the arctic for people, wildlife, and the planet. In addition, I enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community during my free time. I especially enjoy volunteering for a Rainbow Place, which provides winter emergency overnight shelter to women experiencing homelessness.

Favorite color:


What are you doing presently?

I just graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School this past May and will be working over the summer as a hostess at my favorite restaurant, Paladar.

Future Plans:

I will be pursuing a BS in Psychology with a minor in neuroscience as a Freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park this Fall. After I graduate, I plan on furthering my education by attending law school thereafter.

Why you entered The Miss India-DC Pageant?

I entered the Miss India DC pageant this year as a life learning experience and to represent my Indian heritage. Pageants are such and amazing way to showcase your talents and make new friends so I’m incredibly excited to be a contestant this year.

Talent you plan to do for pageant

I will be singing.

What 3 words sum you up?

Determined- I work very hard and do not rest until my goals are achieved.
I come from an ethnically diverse background and as such have learned acceptance and tolerance firsthand.
Compassionate- I love giving a helping hand to those in need. Giving back to my community through public service is what I love to do best.

What is an interesting fact about you that not many know?

I represent four different continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Though I was born in Rockville, Maryland, my mother was born in India, and my father was born in France to a French mother and Egyptian father. Not only am I multiracial, but I am proud to say that I am multicultural as well. The cultural traditions that my parents introduced me to greatly shape the person I am today. I am culturally open- minded, I am always willing to try new things, and I am not afraid to be different .

If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

My superpower would be to use my brainwaves to purge peoples minds from prejudices and racism so that people could see and treat others as equals.

If you could take three things to a deserted island what would they be and why?

I would take water, a fishing pole, and a GPS tracker. Water to keep me hydrated, a fishing pole to catch fish for my meals, and a GPS tracker that I could activate once I was ready to leave the island.

Most embarrassing moment:

My most embarrassing moment happened last year when I was at the mall. When I walked into my favorite store, Garage, I noticed a really funny poster on the wall so I asked my best friend Carly to take a picture of me in front of it. I went up to pose in front of the poster but lost my balance. I leaned back on the poster because I thought that the wall would catch me but to my surprise, there was no wall behind the poster. The entire poster came crashing down on me and I was buried beneath all of its debris.

Biggest inspiration:

My biggest inspiration are my parents. My mother encourages me every day to strive for the best in life, work hard at everything I do, to always stay positive, and never settle for something. My father also encourages me to always give it my best and be proud of the results no matter what they are. He also preaches that every experience in life is a learning lesson. His motto is “always a lesson never a failure”, which is how I try to live my life now. My parents are my biggest supporters and are the reason why I have been successful in achieving my goals. I’m blessed to have such wonderful and supportive parents.

Worst nightmare:

My worst nightmare is watching someone I love suffer.

If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?

When I was 8 years old, I created a bucket list that I continuously add things to. If today was my last day, I would spend the entire day trying to cross off every last thing on my life bucket list.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten:
Always a lesson never a failure.

Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?

I hope to see myself as a lawyer specializing in international law and equal rights 10 years from now.

Open Text: (Ask people to come support you)

Please come support the Miss India DC Pageant and all of the beautiful contestants this September. The Pageant will be an amazing fun-filled experience depicting many aspects of our Indian culture as well as our modern American life style.

  • Determined
  • Accepting
  • Compassionate