Photo: Goodwin Photography

BRISTOL, VA. On Friday, July 5, 2019, Lori Marvel-Sundberg of West Virginia was crowned Ms. Elite Cosmos United States 2019.

Sundberg holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and currently works as an admissions consultant for the New York firm Ivy Coach. In 2008, she was named a Fulbright recipient to the Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Germany where she completed her first book, “Hermann Hesse and August Strindberg: Pan Nordic Ties to the East and the Search for a Common Mythology.” Additionally, she has studied literature at Yale, Heidelberg Universitaet (Germany), and Stockholms Universitet (Sweden). In 2017 she also obtained a Graduate Performance Degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she studied with renowned soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson.

In her spare time, she has volunteered as co-director of one of the largest animal rescue organizations in the Washington, DC area, Friends of Rabbits, as well as performed with various regional theaters throughout the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area and in Europe.

In the early 1990’s, Sundberg sang a leading role in the German premier of “Peter Pan” at the Graz Opera in Graz, Austria. Dr. Sundberg is the proud mother of a 24-year-old son, and she resides in Berkeley Springs with her husband Mikael and their two rescued rabbits.

As a federally enrolled tribal member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, Sundberg will spend her year giving voice to indigenous women, discussing current situations on tribal lands and reservations, and promoting awareness for Native issues all over the country.

In addition to her win, Sundberg won Optional Talent and the Optional Runway competitions.

Rounding out the Top 4 are:

3rd runner up: Vietta Lowe of District of Columbia

2nd runner up: Tiffany Takacs of South Carolina

1st runner up: Sierra Scott of Kansas

Sierra Scott of Kansas also won the Optional Fitness Competition, State Costume, and People’s Choice. Photogenic was awarded to Vietta Lowe of District of Columbia while Helen Calinao of Hawaii was awarded Miss Congeniality.