Miss USA is not just about the annual pageant and its showcase of gowns, swimsuits and interviews. It’s a 365-day journey of personal growth and community development, for contestants who are willing to take risks, challenge themselves and be the best they can be … and go on to help bring the best out in others. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by dedicating themselves to raising awareness and much needed funds for philanthropic endeavors.
Here are just a few examples of the important causes our contestants have been working to support:
Best Buddies International has been a partner since 2004. Best Buddies® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Best Buddies has been proud to partner with Miss USA and the Miss Universe Organization for over ten years, working together to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each year, Miss USA and the Miss Universe Organization team generously give their time to help our organization and to serve as positive role models for our Best Buddies. We cannot thank them enough for their leadership and support.” – Mark Wylie, VP
Same Sky Trade Initiative is part of the global movement lifting women out of poverty by giving them tools to become entrepreneurs and lead self-sustaining lives.
“The Same Sky Trade Initiative is exceptionally grateful to the Miss Universe Organization for their commitment to helping women worldwide and for their advocacy of “trade-not-aid” as an innovative and effective approach to alleviating poverty and helping women build sustainable futures for their families and their communities. The Miss Universe Organization has played a pivotal role in promoting Same Sky’s message of empowering women through employment and we are proud to partner with them to help support and connect all women living under the SAME SKY.” – Cara Incandela, Director
Gilda’s Club, NYC creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer.
“Since 1998, the Miss Universe Organization has provided a volunteer, the new winner of their annual Miss USA pageant, to work at Gilda’s Club New York City and raise awareness of our free cancer support program for men, women, teens and children. Each year, the newly selected Miss USA volunteers at our Clubhouse, personally thanking our donors individually over the phone, participating in social activities with our members living with cancer, and helping us raise much-needed funds to support our free program at special fundraising events. We consider it a privilege to be one of the many non-profits for which the Miss Universe Organization devotes their volunteer efforts and look forward to meeting and working with the new Miss USA every Spring.” – Eileen F. Jackson, Associate Director
Changing Our World, Inc. is a leading global philanthropic services company.
“For over ten years, Changing Our World, Inc. has had the honor and pleasure of working with Paula Shugart and the Miss Universe Organization, as well as its title holders, on humanitarian projects which have improved the lives of people all over the world. The Miss Universe organization is a powerful international organization that has provided life-changing opportunities for young women for over six decades, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to make our world a better place.” – Michael Hoffman, Co-Founder and Chairman
WATCH the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant Trailer, “I am a Beauty Queen.”
You can see the stories about each of this year’s contestants here.
The 2015 MISS USA® Pageant will telecast LIVE on Sunday, July 12 from The Baton Rouge River Center at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on REELZ Channel. Find REELZ in your area by visitingreelz.com. The pageant will also be streamed LIVE onmissusa.com.
REELZ today announced the panel of nine telecast judges for the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant are all former titleholders of the Miss Universe Organization. The announcement comes on the heels of the news that Emmy Award-winning host Todd Newton and former Miss Wisconsin USA 2009 Alex Wehrley will co-host the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant, which airs live on REELZ Sunday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT. Country music star and former The Voice contestant Adley Stump will perform as guest vocalist with a live in-house band. Music mogul Master P and his daughter Cymphonique– starsof the upcoming REELZ series Master P’s Family Empire– will make special guest appearances with backstage host OK!TV’s Julie Alexandria during the live telecast.
The Panel of Judges Includes:
Nana Meriwether – In addition to holding the Miss USA 2012 title, Meriwether is a two-time All-American athlete. She captained UCLA volleyball to the semi-finals and broke three NCAA records in the process. She graduated from UCLA with highest honors and a degree in political science, going on to complete postgraduate pre-med studies at USC. Meriwether was born in South Africa where she grew up in rural villages while her father was a medical missionary. She is the co-founder of the non-profit Meriwether Foundation, which serves the most impoverished
sectors in five southern African nations. Meriwether currently lives in New York City where she works at Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Leila Umenyiora – In 2011, Umenyiora (formerly Lopes) became the first woman from Angola to win the Miss Universe crown. Umenyiora used her title to champion HIV/AIDS prevention and works with organizations such as Youth AIDS/PSI, Latino Commission on AIDS, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, among others. She was named the Drylands Ambassador by the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in an effort to combat land degradation – an issue that affects not only her country but the entire continent of Africa.
Rima Fakih – Crowned Miss USA 2010, Fakih became the first Muslim woman to ever win the title. Born in Lebanon, she immigrated to America in 1993. Following her reign, Fakih was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women, ambassador of the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and honored by the American Task Force of Lebanon. Notable
moments include presenting at Ronald Reagan’s Centennial Celebration and attending the American Chamber of Commerce conference alongside former President Bill Clinton. Rimarecently returned to the United States after a successful run competing in the Lebanese edition of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Crystle Stewart – As Miss Texas USA, Stewart won the title of Miss USA in 2008 and was a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, research, legislation and early detection. Stewart donates her time to Best Buddies, an organization that pairs mentally challenged children and adults with a friend. Stewart currently stars in the Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse” on OWN.
Danielle Doty – After winning Miss Texas Teen USA, Doty won the title of Miss Teen USA 2011. She has made guest appearances at notable events such as Glamour’s Women Of The Year Awards and The People’s Choice Awards, in addition to her work with the USO. Most recently Doty appeared as a host for FOX Sports Southwest and the nationally televised show, “Girls on the Go” Driven by FORD.
Tara Conner – Conner won Miss USA in 2006 and became the first woman from Kentucky to win the title. After a very public struggle with her own addiction, Conner has become an advocate and works to raise awareness that addiction is a disease and many people go on to lead a healthy, productive life in recovery. In addition to her advocacy work, Conner is a television host, singer/songwriter, actress and model.
Kimberly Pressler – Since winning Miss USA in 1999, Pressler has appeared on television screens across the globe as a sports reporter and host for networks such as FOX Sports, ABC, MTV and Red Bull Media, covering everything from X Games to the ACIS Fitness National Championship. Currently, Pressler is in her sixth season as lane-side reporter for ESPN on the PBA Tour.
Brook Lee – Lee is the only native Hawaiian to win both Miss USA and Miss Universe titles. After winning Miss Universe in 1997, Lee made several appearances in television before becoming a host for ESPN’s “Hawaii Sports Adventure” and E!’s “Behind the Scenes Look at Miss Universe.” Brook is also a tech ambassador for MommyLovesTech.com.
Michelle McLean-Bailey – International TV personality, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, McLean-Bailey won Miss Universe at 19 for Namibia in 1992. Among her many philanthropic efforts, she established the Michelle McLean Children Trust, now in its 24th year, to raise funds for education of underprivileged children in Namibia. She has worked with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on a variety of charitable projects. McLean-Bailey has also been an ambassador for UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. As a globally recognized motivational speaker on the topic of “Success Under Pressure,” she aspires to be an agent of positive change in people’s lives around the world.
Special Guests for Live Backstage Coverage:
Master P – Self-made hip-hop mogul, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Master P is a driven
businessman who presides over a diversified business empire. Most of all, he is a loving father
who guides his children to succeed. Master P stars in the upcoming REELZ original series
“Master P’s Family Empire” alongside his daughter Cymphonique.
Cymphonique – Actress, singer, dancer and writer, Cymphonique is one of Hollywood’s biggest
teen phenomena. She is an R&B, pop and hip-hop artist and recently created a book series
called Fabulous Girls to empower young girls. Cymphonique founded Fabulous Girls Charity to
help bring awareness to kids with cancer and a performing arts school with the Let The Kids
WHERE TO WATCH THE 2015 MISS USA® PAGEANT:
Viewers can catch the excitement and the action of the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant on REELZ,
which reaches 70 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, DISH Network channel 299,
Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, Time Warner Cable channel 128, AT&T U-verse channels
799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find REELZ in your area by
visiting www.reelz.com. REELZ is a High-Definition network and if it is not available, or not in HD, on your cable or telco provider, we encourage viewers to call them and ask for it.
MISS USA® Pageant contestants go on to become policy wonks, NASA scientists, advocates for the homeless and disabled, and prime-time journalists. The following women represent just a few examples of how past titleholders and contestants live by the values and high standards of the Miss Universe Organization
Adrielle Churchill, Miss Arkansas USA 2010, currently serves as the Legislative Director for a congressman from the state of Arkansas. Adrielle is a policy specialist in National Security, agriculture and state taxation.
Abbey Curran, became the first person with a physical disability to compete for the title of Miss USA as Miss Iowa in 2008. Today, the pageant she created for girls with physical challenges – Miss You Can Do It – is in its 12th year.
Blair Adair Griffith, Miss Colorado USA 2011, was thrust into the media spotlight when it was revealed she was homeless. Blair used her title to share her story and has helped launch a grassroots campaign, startfromhere.org, which highlights the stories of homeless youth.
Allie LaForce won the title of Miss Ohio Teen USA in 2005 and became the first to represent the state as Miss Teen USA. Allie is now a sideline reporter for CBS Sports covering SEC college football and NCAA March Madness. She is co-host of award winning “We Need to Talk,” the first ever all-female national sports show.
Paromita Mitra was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is a former Miss Mississippi USA 2013. She is now working as a researcher for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on a design for a group of satellites to measure plasma-dense regions within Earth’s ionosphere.
Lu Parker captured the Miss South Carolina USA and Miss USA titles. Lu is an Emmy and Genesis Award winning journalist, author, animal advocate and a former teacher. She anchors and reports the news in Los Angeles, California on KTLA.
WATCH the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant Trailer, “I am a Beauty Queen.”
You can see the stories about each of this year’s contestants here.
The 2015 MISS USA® Pageant will telecast LIVE on Sunday, July 12 from The Baton Rouge River Center at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on REELZ Channel. Find REELZ in your area by visiting www.reelz.com. The pageant will also be streamed LIVE on www.missusa.com.
The Miss USA 720 Experience App lets iPhone, iPad and Android users watch pageant contestants live behind-the-scenes in a 360 x 360-degree Immersive Video format
The Miss USA 720 Experience App leverages IC Real Tech’s ALLie Virtual Reality cameras which will be placed behind-the-scenes as well as on the pageant stage. ALLie is a revolutionary dual-megapixel-sensor camera that captures motion video in Ultra-High Definition (4K) from floor-to-ceiling and completely around itself (360-degrees vertically by 360-degrees horizontally), leaving no area uncovered.
The separate ALLie cameras will stream live 360 x 360-degree video. Fans will have the option to choose between behind-the-scenes views of the 51 contestants as they do their final mirror check before heading out on-stage and new perspectives of stage views.
The App lets users select who and what they’d like to see with fully-spherical immersive views achieved by pointing or panning the device in any direction (up/down/left/right) or by traditional touches and swipes of the device screen (touch control also accesses zoom feature).
Additionally, previously recorded Road to The Crown footage was shot in the 360×360 format on the ALLie camera and will be available for viewing. Footage includes hometown visits with a few randomly chosen contestants.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD
On Wednesday, July 8th the 51 Miss USA Contestants competed in swimsuit and evening gown before a panel of judges in the Miss USA Preliminary Competition LIVE at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The contestants are competing for their spot in the Top 15. On July 9, the contestants will conduct a round of interviews for the second part of the competition.
If you missed the LIVE stream, you can watch it here.
Tune-in for the 2015 ?#?MissUSA? Pageant on Sunday, July 12 at 8p ET/5p PT.
WHERE TO WATCH
* ReelzChannel – To find REELZ on your local cable or satellite provider visit REELZ.com
* MissUSA.com – streaming LIVE