You can now leave comments on the articles that matter to you. Find out more here

What ethnicity is Emma Broyles? Get to know Miss America Alaska 2022

Yasmine Leung December 17, 2021
emma broyles miss america


Emma Broyles was recently crowned Miss America 2022 and, out of curiosity, viewers want to know more about her background, including ethnicity and age.

It’s pageant season! Miss USA and Miss Universe took place within the past two weeks and now Miss America has announced its winner.

51 beauty queens battled it out to win the centennial crown and a $100,000 college scholarship at Mohegan Sun Arena Connecticut, with Alaska’s Emma Broyles coming out on top.

An Anchorage native, Broyles won over the audience when she shared her contributions to the Special Olympics and revealed her experiences of struggling with mental health.

Despite presenting herself on the stage, there are still some details viewers may not know about her and we’ve done some digging so you don’t have to.

  • NEW: Oops! Steve Harvey’s Portugal mix-up is another Miss Universe blunder

Severance | Official Teaser | Apple TV+

Severance | Official Teaser | Apple TV+

Emma Broyles: age and ethnicity

Broyles was born in 2001, making her 20 years old. She is also a Leo, which implies her birthday falls somewhere between 23 July and 22 August.

Her parents are reportedly Ron and Julia. Her father is Caucasian and her mother is Korean, making Broyles half-Korean and a Korean-American.

In an old Instagram post, the pageant winner revealed her grandparents arrived in the US 50 years ago in Anchorage.

Broyles’ pageant career began after winning Miss Anchorage’s Outstanding Teen in 2017 when she was a high-school sophomore. A month later, she competed in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. After her tenure as Alaska’s Outstanding Teen ended, she took a four-year break from the pageant world. The time away was clearly a good idea as she ended up winning Miss Alaska 2021 in June.

Now, Broyles will be juggling her Miss America duties with her studies at Arizona State University. Currently a sophomore, she’s studying biomedical sciences and voice performance at Barrett, The Honors College. Her initial passion was theatre and Broadway, although her interest in science grew during school. Now, she’s got the best of both worlds!

  • MORE: What does Miss Universe do after winning the crown?

Does she have siblings?

According to CelebsWeek, the 20-year-old has two brothers. However, The Focus is only able to confirm she has at least one older brother.

She stunned the audience during the preliminary round with her social initiative of “Building Community Through Special Olympics”, revealing her brother who has Down’s syndrome inspired her.

The Special Olympics is an organisation that provides sports training and competition for those with intellectual or physical disabilities.

Broyles began volunteering with the organisation more than 12 years ago and her family was even named Special Olympics Alaska’s Family Of The Year.

“I have been involved with Special Olympics since (my brother) first became eligible to be an athlete when he was seven,” she says. “I really hope with my work I’m able to see life-long volunteers of Special Olympics, life-long supporters.”

Thoughts? Comment Below
LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment
Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.