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  • 12
    Jul
    2015

    Congratulations to the Newly Crowned Miss USA 2015

    Olivia Jordan, 26, from Tulsa, Oklahoma is the newly crowned Miss USA 2015. Congratulations Olivia, we can’t wait to welcome you to the Miss USA family. Did you miss the Miss USA pageant? Click here to watch.

    Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, is announced as the winner at the conclusion of the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, July 12th. She receives the title of Miss USA 2015 and the coveted D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the live Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

    Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, is announced as the winner at the conclusion of the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, July 12th. She receives the title of Miss USA 2015 and the coveted D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the live Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

    Baton Rouge, LA – July 12, 2015 – This evening, a panel of former Miss Universe Organization titleholders chose Miss Oklahoma USA, Olivia Jordan, as Miss USA 2015. Emmy Award-winning game show host Todd Newton and former Miss Wisconsin USA 2009 Alex Wehrley hosted the competition. OK! TV’s Julie Alexandria provided backstage behind-the-scenes commentary from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Olivia Jordan, a 26-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has appeared in several national/international commercials and feature films. Olivia is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned a degree in health science. As a model, Olivia has walked for Sherri Hill in New York Fashion Week 2015 and the runway at Miami Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014. She has also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Shape and Vogue Japan. Olivia has been recognized by Children of the Night, a group dedicated to getting children out of prostitution, for her work with the organization.

    The judging panel for the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant included Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012, two-time All-American athlete and co-founder of the non-profit Meriwether Foundation, which serves the most impoverished sectors in five southern African nations; Leila Umenyiora, Miss Universe 2011, humanitarian and named Drylands Ambassador by the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women, an ambassador of the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and honored by the American Task Force of Lebanon; Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008 and star of Tyler Perry’s sitcom, “For Better or Worse” on OWN; Danielle Doty, Miss Teen USA 2011, recent host for FOX Sports Southwest and the nationally televised show, “Girls on the Go” Driven by FORD; Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, an outspoken advocate for addiction, television host, actress and model; Kimberly Pressler, Miss USA 1999, a sports reporter and host for networks including FOX Sports, ABC, MTV, Red Bull Media and current lane-side reporter for ESPN on the PBA Tour; Brook Lee, the only native Hawaiian to ever win both Miss USA and Miss Universe titles in 1997, an actress, model, TV presenter and a tech ambassador for MommyLovesTech.com; and Michelle McLean-Bailey, Miss Universe 1992, an international TV personality, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist and UNICEF ambassador.

    Country music star and former “The Voice” contestant Adley Stump performed as guest vocalist with a live in-house band. Music mogul Master P and his daughter Cymphonique– stars of the upcoming REELZ series “Master P’s Family Empire” – made special guest appearances backstage.

    This year, viewers were given the power to bring one lucky contestant, Miss Kentucky USA, Katie George, back into the competition during the evening gown portion of the pageant by voting through iPowow.

    The 2015 MISS USA® Pageant featured contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants were judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014 crowned her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. For more information, visit http://www.missusa.com.

    FINAL RESULTS

    First Runner Up:
    Miss Texas USA, Ylianna Guerra, will assume the duties of Miss USA 2015 if the titleholder is named Miss Universe 2015 or if for some reason Miss USA cannot fulfill her duties.

    Second Runner Up:
    Miss Rhode Island USA, Anea Garcia

    Rest of Top Five:
    Miss Nevada USA, Brittany McGowan
    Miss Maryland USA, Mame Adjei

    Rest of Top Eleven:
    Miss Alabama USA, Madison Guthrie
    Miss Delaware USA, Renee Bull
    Miss Hawaii USA, Emma Wo
    Miss Louisiana USA, Candice Bennatt
    Miss Michigan USA, Rashontae Wawrzyniak
    Miss Kentucky USA, Katie George

    Rest of Top Fifteen:
    Miss Arizona USA, Maureen Montagne
    Miss Illinois USA, Renee Wronecki
    Miss New York USA, Thatiana Diaz
    Miss Virginia USA, Laura Puleo

    MISS PHOTOGENIC USA™ Award: Miss Indiana USA Gretchen Reece. A blue ribbon panel selected the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

    MISS CONGENIALITY USA™ Award: Miss Alaska USA Kimberly Agron and Miss Delaware USA Renee Bull tied for the award, marking the first time ever that two contestants received the honor in Miss USA history. This award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestants’ peers, who voted for both as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. Each contestant was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.


  • 12
    Jul
    2015

    WATCH the 2015 Miss USA Pageant TONIGHT

    Who is going to be the next Miss USA?! Tune-in for the 2015 #MissUSA Pageant on Sunday, July 12 at 8p ET/5p PT.

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    WHERE TO WATCH

    * ReelzChannel – To find REELZ on your local cable or satellite provider visit REELZ.com

    * MissUSA.com – streaming LIVE


  • 12
    Jul
    2015

    Guest column: Miss Universe president talks of ‘saving the sash’ as Miss USA competition overcomes recent hurdles

    TheAdvocate.com – This week, 51 amazing women gathered in Baton Rouge to compete for the Miss USA Crown. These are incredibly inspiring and accomplished women who are attending some of our nation’s best universities and pursuing careers in medicine, law, journalism and countless other professions. They have been working hard to prepare for Sunday’s competition, only to be caught in the crossfire of a heated political debate.

    The Miss Universe Organization is a small, stand-alone company, run primarily by women and dedicated to providing the tools for women to be confident and the best they can be. Miss Universe is not about Donald Trump or NBC. It is about the 51 contestants, all of whom have made countless sacrifices to be here, and, unfortunately, have become victims of events far beyond their control.

    We are sad that these 51 women have lost significant opportunities to share their inspiring stories, but we are proud that they faced the adversity head on and worked to help “save the sash.” These women deserve the opportunity to compete, and their families, who have given their unfailing support along the way, deserve the chance to watch and celebrate their achievements. Each contestant understands that the Miss USA event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will forever shape the course of their lives, and these women are no strangers to working hard to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

    Elizabeth Cardillo, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2015; Brittany McGowan, Miss Nevada USA 2015; and Brooke Fletcher, Miss Georgia USA 2015; rehearse for the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Friday, July 10th. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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

    Elizabeth Cardillo, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2015; Brittany McGowan, Miss Nevada USA 2015; and Brooke Fletcher, Miss Georgia USA 2015; rehearse for the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Friday, July 10th. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 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

    Over 20 percent are immigrants or are from immigrant families. Miss Massachusetts USA, Polikseni Manxhari, came to the United States from Albania when she was 5 years old. She recently graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in psychology and makes it her mission to volunteer at a suicide prevention hotline after a friend’s tragic death. Miss California USA, Natasha Martinez, is the daughter of Nicaraguan and Mexican parents and a Latino-American TV host working at KDOC-TV in Southern California. Miss Connecticut USA, Ashley Golebiewski, whose family escaped Communist Poland, is pursuing a degree in finance and is an advocate for an international anti-bullying organization. Miss Rhode Island USA, Anea Garcia, who for an extended period secretly lived out of a car with her grandmother, while she attended high school,, has earned a full college scholarship and plans to pursue a career in law so she can be an advocate for women and the homeless. Even the hometown favorite, Miss Louisiana USA, Candice Bennatt, credits the pageant system with helping her overcome an abusive relationship which put her in the hospital with a broken jaw and ruptured eardrum. She is now a student at Loyola University College of Law and advocates for domestic abuse victims in the state legislature.

    This year’s contestants are all incredibly smart and talented and they all have stories to tell. Fourteen contestants are studying or working in the medical field. Ten are working or studying in the legal or political fields, including Miss Virginia USA, Laura Puleo, who graduated cum laude from Duke University and is in her final semester of law school at Washington & Lee University. Miss District of Columbia USA, Lizzy Olsen, is the Majority Director of Operations for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

    Do these women and others deserve the opportunity to compete? Of course they do. That is why we continue to work tirelessly to “save the sash,” giving these accomplished contestants the platform they deserve, and empowering them and other women around the globe. I hope you will join us and tune in Sunday to watch the MISS USA Pageant on REELZ Channel or streamed live on http://www.missusa.com.

    Paula M. Shugart, President, Miss Universe Organization

    Read the full article here.


  • 11
    Jul
    2015

    Charitable Partners Thank MISS USA® For Their Support

    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

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    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.


  • 10
    Jul
    2015

    Miss USA Judges Panel Announced

    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.

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    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
    Grow Foundation.

    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.