2014 First Princess, Everlyn Chen

 

Everlyn Chen was born in Whittier, California. Raised in Fullerton by her traditional Chinese grandparents and mother, she was touched by the sacrifices they made in order for her and her older sister to pursue their dreams. Driven by her grandparents' stories and love of cinema, Everlyn graduated from Chapman University's prestigious film school, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, cum laude with a degree in Screenwriting. During her time there she achieved both the Founder's Scholarship and selection for the Filmaker-in-Residence program, where she was mentored by producer, Jonathan Sanger (Vanilla Sky, 2001; The Elephant Man, 1980). In the winter of 2012, Everlyn began volunteering for the non-profit organization CoachArt, affording her the humbling experience of altruism and the honor of being a positive influence in a child's life. Inspired by that opportunity, Everlyn was encouraged to participate in the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Pageant as a way to continue her involvement in the Chinese community while gaining greater insight on her heritage.