Whitney Marie Wandland is an American actress, dancer, and commercial model. A Chicago Native, Whitney began her career at the age of 3, training in the techniques of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap. At the age of 7, she was cast in her first Broadway show, The Harlem Nutcracker. In the years to follow, she booked an international hair campaign with Lusters Products, studied Horton and Graham techniques with Deeply Rooted Productions, performed live with Deeply Rooted productions and Roberta Flack, and trained in New York City with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.
In recent years, Whitney became an NBA dancer in 2013. Currently she is Dance Team Captain for one of the most prestigious organizations in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls. During her 4 seasons as a Chicago Luvabull, Whitney has had the opportunity to be featured in a National Ad campaign for Uniqlo, travel internationally, appear on shows such as Good Morning America and countless commercials, and perform with artists such as Montell Jordan and Tag Team. Outside of the NBA, Whitney has recently been cast in a featured role in the second season of 20th Century Fox’s hit show, Empire. Whitney is currently represented as a model and actress with Stewart Talent Management and studying in the Acting Program at The Second City Chicago. She has been featured in Splash Magazine as “One to Watch” in their 2015 March issue.
With her new title as Miss Illinois USA, Whitney intends to make it her mission to call awareness to issues such as "Fighting Childhood Obesity" and "Putting an End to Gun Violence". She is elated to promote and fundraise throughout hey year for the Warriors For Ross Foundation in order to help children and families battling Pediatric Cancer. Whitney believes that having a title also comes with a responsibility to give back to the community and to be a voice for others.
In addition, Whitney has dreamed of competing on the Miss USA stage from a young age. She takes so much pride in being able and blessed to represent her home state of Illinois at the 2017 national pageant. She believes that this experience and opportunity are once in a lifetime, so she can't wait to give a once in a lifetime performance at Miss USA!