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Miss USA 2014: Desirée Pérez, Miss Connecticut

Desirée Pérez has built an Amway business by being an Independent Business Owner.

Hometown: Stamford

Height: 5’ 7”

Age: 26

Desiree is a Venezuelan native who moved to the United States at the age of 9 due to medical reasons. She was diagnosed with a rare tumor that developed in her jaw at the age of 7 and was quickly removed by a bone transplant. As a result, she hopes to use her title to advocate for children that have been exposed to cancer. This situation has allowed her to understand the importance of encouraging others through her story. In her free time, Desiree loves to spend quality time with her friends and family, attend comedy shows, cook, and paddle board. Desiree was raised in a business household, which helped her developed a business mindset. She has built an Amway business by being an Independent Business Owner. She hopes to create a legacy for her family.Desiree believes in the art of Free Enterprise and hopes to help as many people as possible do the same.

Favorite Things

Movie: Elf
Song: "Mondo Bongo" by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros.
Sport: Baseball
Food: Cachapa, a traditional Venezuelan dish

Fun Facts

1. Can write with both hands.   

2. Had her hip bone replaced into her jaw.   

3. Had about 13 surgeries after she was diagnosed with a tumor.