Shalela Victoria Dowdy is a native of Mobile Alabama. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in American Legal Studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2012 and a Masters of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2017. She is passionate about continuous growth both professionally and personally and aims to complete two additional Master Programs along with attending Law School in the near future.  Additionally, she is a Captain in the United States Army and has held the titles of Miss Mobile USA 2015, Ms Alabama US Universal 2016, and Miss USA Ubuntu 2017.