A native Atlantan, 26-year-old Holly Haynes is thrilled to represent her home state as Miss Georgia USA 2022. Holly graduated with honors from North Gwinnett High School and cum laude from her dream school, the University of Georgia, with a BBA in Marketing, Minor in Fashion Merchandising, and Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership. With a business and fashion background, she has an entrepreneurial spirit and aspires to be the owner and operator of a sustainable fashion company emphasizing STEM education and philanthropic efforts. She hopes to use her title to work with her alma mater, SCAD Atlanta, and Georgia Tech to develop technology that reduces water consumption and harmful materials used in the fashion industry.
Holly has been passionate about community service and mentoring the next generation from a young age and has volunteered over 3,200 hours. She was a victim of bullying and struggled with low self-esteem and mental health issues throughout her formative years, making her believe she wasn’t enough. Holly overcame these insecurities through her faith and the guidance of loved ones that reinforced her core values of love, strength, courage, hope, and faith. As a college student, Holly was a YoungLife mentor for middle school girls at Athens Academy for 4 years and noticed they faced the same difficulties she did at their age, but it was even more exacerbated with the prevalence of social media.
Because of her relationships with her mentees, she created her internationally featured program and book #IAmEnough to teach youth that they are ENOUGH. Unfiltered. Unedited. Perfectly Imperfect. Holly has been able to spread her message to organizations like YoungLife, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Young Designers Sewing Club, and she hopes to use her new platform as Miss Georgia USA to reach more children across the state. Because of her work with #IAmEnough and professional success, Holly was honored to be named a Cobb Life Magazine Top 20 Young Professional Under 40. If you would like to participate in the #IAmEnough Program, she would love to visit your organization, and you can purchase her program book on Amazon.com.
In addition to her philanthropic and entrepreneurial ambitions, Holly enjoys singing, modeling, acting, and writing. She is an accomplished vocalist having received numerous choral and vocal accolades, and she has been honored to have sung the National Anthem for the Atlanta Braves, a Lee Brice concert, a Chase Rice concert, and Rugby ATL. Holly is also signed with a global model and talent agency, Select Model Management Atlanta, and has appeared in multiple star-studded films and television shows. She is excited for the opportunities that Miss Georgia USA will offer as she pursues a career in the entertainment industry!
In her free time, Holly loves to spend it with her family and friends, traveling, curling up with a good book, exploring local coffee shops, hiking the beautiful North Georgia mountains, and cheering on her favorite teams, the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She is the daughter of Mickey and Tiffany Haynes and 1 of 4 siblings with a 27-year-old brother, Michael, 23-year-old sister, Brooke, and 21-year-old sister, McKenzie. She also can’t forget her two furry, four-legged siblings – Bella, their Shorkie, and Miso, their Siamese cat!
Holly is incredibly honored to serve her state as Miss Georgia USA this year! It is a dream she has worked very hard for for six years, and she is overjoyed that it has come to fruition. She is excited to see the opportunities, experiences, service, and growth 2022 will bring. You can follow Holly’s journey on Instagram: @missgausa and @hollyjanehaynes.