Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff
Sophia Julieta Dominguez-Heithoff

(2000-03-13) March 13, 2000 (age 24)
EducationUniversity of Kansas (BA)
USC Gould School of Law
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Missouri Teen USA 2017
Miss Teen USA 2017
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss Missouri Teen USA 2017
Miss Teen USA 2017

Sophia Julieta Dominguez-Heithoff (born March 13, 2000) is an American model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Teen USA 2017. She is the second entrant from Missouri to win the title after Marissa Whitley won Miss Teen USA 2001.

Life and career

Early life and education

Dominguez-Heithoff was born in Kansas City, Missouri to a military family, with her mother serving in the United States Air Force.[1] On her maternal side she is of German descent, while on her paternal side she is Mexican.[2] She graduated from Park Hill South High School a year early in 2017, and attended the University of Kansas, where she studied political science and international studies and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) honor society. She is now a law student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.[3] She is a member of Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) sorority.[4]

Dominguez-Heithoff has created Community and Scholars Cooperatively, an organization dedicated to inspiring teenagers to take part in community service projects.[5][6] Dominguez-Heithoff has lobbied with members of the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives to pass a law to assist adults with developmental disabilities in the state of Missouri.[7]


Dominguez-Heithoff was crowned Miss Missouri Teen USA 2017 on September 25, 2016, along with Miss Missouri USA 2017 Bayleigh Dayton.[8][9] She later competed at Miss Teen USA 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona on July 29, 2017. Dominguez-Heithoff went on to win the competition, beating out first runner-up Vanessa Matheson of Oregon.[10] She is the third Hispanic person to win the title of Miss Teen USA after Charlotte Lopez in 1993, and Hilary Cruz in 2007.


  1. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (29 July 2017). "Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.
  2. ^ "Meaning Behind "Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff"". Miss Universe Organization. 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Miss Missouri Teen USA". Miss Universe Organization. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  4. ^ Member database at
  5. ^ Incorvaia, Samantha (30 July 2017). "Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff wins Miss Teen USA in Phoenix". AZ Central.
  6. ^ Swertlow, Meg (29 July 2017). "Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Crowned Miss Teen USA 2017". E! News.
  7. ^ McKenzie, Joi-Marie (30 July 2017). "Miss Missouri Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff is crowned Miss Teen USA 2017". ABC News.
  8. ^ "Meet the 1st Black Miss Missouri USA, Bayleigh Dayton". Rolling Out. 1 October 2016.
  9. ^ Porter, Toriano (28 September 2016). "Lee's Summit woman becomes first African-American Miss Missouri USA". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  10. ^ Randle, Aaron (31 July 2017). "Parkville teen with an eye for justice wins Miss Teen USA pageant". The Kansas City Star.
Awards and achievements Preceded by Karlie Hay Miss Teen USA 2017 Succeeded by Hailey Colborn Preceded byDallas Ezard Miss Missouri Teen USA 2017 Succeeded byChloe Bartlett