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
There are many ways to watch the 2015 Miss USA Pageant. If you are local in Baton Rouge, please see below. If not, make sure you head to reelz.com to see where the pageant will play near you!
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
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.