Ms. Cosmos 2018
Lily Wu, Ms. Cosmos 2018, is an award-winning television news reporter, public speaker, model, and community volunteer. For 16 years, she has been advocating for her platforms: Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Empowering Women.
Lily is the crime reporter for the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas. She earned a Master’s of Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, where she also served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar speaking on cultural goodwill and understanding in front of more than 50 Rotary clubs in Asia, Australia, and North America. She graduated summa cum laude from Wichita State University where she earned bachelor’s degrees in International Business and Integrated Marketing Communications. She was named Wichita State University’s Gore Scholar in 2003, Woman of the Year in 2005, and was one of five Senior Honor Women for the Class of 2007.
Ethnically Chinese, Lily was born in Guatemala before immigrating to the United States. She represented China at Miss Global 2017, where she placed 4th Runner Up among 60 contestants from around the world. Lily was also the photogenic winner and 3rd Runner Up at Miss International 2014. In 2012, she was crowned Miss Kansas United States and also won the “Dancing With The Local Stars.” She represented the USA at Miss World University 2004 and Miss Chinese World 2005. Lily has also held the titles of Miss Ethnic World 2006 and Miss Cosmos 2009. She began modeling as a teenager after being selected as a national finalist in the “Maybelline and Teen Magazine Great Model Search.”
Lily is an active community volunteer for various organizations. In 2015, she was named a “Leader in Diversity” by the Wichita Business Journal for her role as the Wichita Asian Association’s youngest president. She currently serves as director of the Miss Wichita Asian Festival Scholarship Pageant and board member for the Wichita State University Alumni Association.
In her spare time, she enjoys being a dog mom to her Samoyed, traveling, trying new foods and restaurants, and cheering for the Shockers. We are so blessed to have Lily as our Ms. Cosmos 2018!
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