A Leesburg business owner is hoping to upgrade her crown.
Libby Westphal, owner of 110% FIT, was recently crowned Mrs. Leesburg 2019. She now turns her attention to the Mrs. Virginia America competition in South Hill in March 2019.
Westphal is a U.S. Air Force veteran, four-time cancer survivor, entrepreneur, mother, fitness model, and just turned 50 years old last month. Competing for Mrs. Virginia America allows Westphal to give back to community and to relay her passion for assisting wounded veterans. She was recruited to volunteer at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, so she could share her personal stories with Gold Star families to help them overcome adversity and challenges.
“Being Mrs. Leesburg allows me the rare opportunity to introduce our small, unique community to the rest of Virginia and beyond. Also, it provides me a different platform to give back and to tell my story,” states Westphal.
Outside of running her own fitness studio, Westphal works with Loudoun County Public Schools, sharing the importance of fitness, movement, and eating well, partnering with nearly 20 schools.
In 2013, Shape Magazinerecognized Westphal’s battle with cancer, enduring three months of IV chemotherapy and nearly a dozen surgeries related to her battle with cancer and knee problems suffered from her 70-pound weight loss.
“I am an aging woman who feels called to better serve as much and in as many capacities as possible. My charter is to be a beacon of hope, inspiration and to share an example of possibility, improvement, empowerment and growth at any age,” she said.
Westphal will compete in three categories during the Mrs. Virginia America pageant: personal interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. Contestants must be married and live in the city or county they represent. The winner will receive a prize package worth thousands of dollars and will compete for the title of Mrs. America in August 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.
To follow Westphal’s journey to Mrs. Virginia America 2019 on social media, follow @mrsleesburgVA on Facebook or Instagram. To learn more about the Mrs. Virginia America Pageant, go to mrsvirginia.com.