Mrs. American Elegance 2020-21 


Tisha Downing

Tisha Downing is your new Mrs. American Elegance 2020 – 2021. She began her pageant journey by competing and winning the title of Hal Jackson’s Talented Teen Pennsylvania 1986, was selected by board members for Miss USA Successful Achiever 1987, Male and Female Model of the Year – Teen Division 1988 and made semi-finalist at Miss. Junior America 1988. She went on to earn the title of Mrs. Virginia International 2018, Ms. U.S. Continental 2019 and Mrs. U.S. Continental 2020.

Tisha is very passionate about her platform, Connected Warriors. Being a former 911 dispatcher, she knows the issues that could affect a first responder and military personnel. Connected Warriors is a program that offers trauma conscious yoga to active duty service members, veterans, first responders and their families all for free. Tisha is a RYT200, Certified Restorative and Trauma Conscious Yoga Instructor, and will be certified as a MST (Military Sexual Trauma) yoga instructor.

She is an advocate for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which is a connective tissue disorder. It affects 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 15,000 people. It is rarely a diagnosed disorder and there is no cure. Tisha lives with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and continues to help those with EDS and educate others about the syndrome.

Tisha and her family have made Virginia their home for the past 15 years. She has five children; Kiana, William, Cody, Logan and Zander, and she is Gigi to an adorable granddaughter, Novah. 

Connected Warriors is close to her heart due to her families’ military experience. Her husband, Travis, is a retired Navy Chief; two of her children have served and are serving in the U.S. Army, and several family members have served in the military.

Some of Tisha’s hobbies include walking 5Ks, listening to audio books, playing video games and spending time with her family and friends. Her diversity and culture are very important to her and her family is her #1 priority!