10 Facts You Didn’t Know About the MISS USA® Pageant

9 Jul

Brains, beauty and character will be on display this Sunday at the 64th Annual MISS USA® Pageant in Baton Rouge, LA. For the 51 contestants at the MISS USA® pageant, the event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will forever shape the course of their lives. All 51 have worked hard to get there.

1. Last year alone, Miss Universe titleholders helped raise $3.5 million for charities. During their reign, and beyond, titleholders and contestants enrich others through humanitarian efforts affecting positive change on the issues and causes they are passionate about.

2. Over 20 percent of this year’s contestants are immigrants, or are from immigrant families; 6 are bilingual in Spanish. Miss Nebraska USA, Hoang-Kim Cung’s parents emigrated from Vietnam. Miss California USA, Natasha Martinez, is the daughter of a Nicaraguan and Mexican parents. Miss Connecticut USA, Ashley Golebiewski’s family, escaped Communist Poland.

3. 6 contestants are first or second generation of Hispanic descent (Miss California USA, Miss Texas USA and Miss West Virginia USA, Mexico; Miss New York USA and Miss Rhode Island USA, Dominican Republic; Miss Louisiana USA, Puerto Rico).

Thatiana Diaz, Miss New York USA 2015, and Vanessa Oriolo, Miss New Jersey USA 2015, during a Louisiana Seafood Celebration at the Houmas House Plantation and Garden in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, July 5. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

Thatiana Diaz, Miss New York USA 2015, and Vanessa Oriolo, Miss New Jersey USA 2015, during a Louisiana Seafood Celebration at the Houmas House Plantation and Garden in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, July 5. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge. Tune in to the Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015 live from the Baton Rouge River Center to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

4. All 51 contestants have compelling stories worth telling. Miss Rhode Island USA, Anea Garcia, was raised by her grandmother. Despite homelessness, when they slept in a car in a Walmart parking lot, Anea received a full scholarship to college, and plans to pursue a career in law.

5. 3 contestants started their own non-for-profit organizations; 5 are competitive or standout athletes; 7 are musicians.

6. 10 are studying or work in law or politics.

7. 14 are studying or work in the medical field.

8. Miss Delaware USA, Renee Bull, started her own non-profit to empower young girls.

9. Miss Louisiana USA, Candice Bennatt, is an advocate for victims of domestic violence.

10. Miss Massachusetts USA, Polikseni Manxhari, inspired by her friend’s tragic suicide, makes it her mission to volunteer at a suicide prevention hotline.

WATCH the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant Trailer, “I am a Beauty Queen.”
You can see more of their stories here.

Tune in to the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant LIVE telecast on Sunday, July 12 from The Baton Rouge River Center at 8/7c on REELZ Channel. Find REELZ in your area by visiting www.reelz.com. The pageant will also be streamed LIVE on www.missusa.com.

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