As a sophomore at Black Hills State University studying exercise sciences, Taylor Neisen is an avid runner and enjoys yoga and Pilates. Taylor was named a finalist in the “Women’s Health” Magazine Fittest Friends competition, and was signed with world-renowned FORD Models.
Taylor is passionate about community service and is currently an official spokesperson for FocusDriven, where she has pledged to drive cell phone free. As a nanny, who often drives precious cargo, Taylor sees the need to always be "connected" as a growing concern for the safety of all drivers and passengers. She also dedicates her time to supporting the Made for Shade organization that promotes the importance of sun safety and skin protection. The organization raises money to purchase shade structures, shaded playground equipment and/or plant trees on public school playgrounds that provide shaded areas for children. Also, as the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, Taylor is eager to become more involved with the Susan G. Komen foundation, one of Miss USA's official partners.
She says she credits her successes to her humble South Dakota upbringing, where she began hiking and fishing at a young age with her dad and older brothers. Taylor loves the outdoors and recently picked up rock climbing as a hobby.