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Miss USA
Miss USA Savannah Gankiewicz

WHEN: Sunday, August 4. 2024 at 8PM ET

WHERE: Televised on the CW live from Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles

UPDATE: In a stunning announcement earilier this year, Miss USA Noelia Voight announced that she would be stepping down from her duties due to mental health issues.

Miss Hawaii, Savannah Gankiewicz, who was runner-up in last year's pageant, currently holds the crown to finish out the year.

Meanwhile, keep it here for more details including who will host the show, the celebrity judges panel, and the announcment of who gets to wear the Miss USA crown in 2024!


Miss USA 2023 rewind

Miss USA 2023 was the 72nd edition of the American beauty pageant held on September 29, 2023 at 8PM ET and televised on the CW live from the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada

51 contestants gathered from around the country to compete in the annual pageant, where the current reigning 2022 Miss USA -- Morgan Romano -- crowned her successor on the big night.

And the winner is ..

It was Noelia Voigt, Miss Utah, who was crowned the new Miss USA at the end of the evening, while Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii placed as first-runner-up.

The remaining 5 finalilsts also included Jasmine Daniels of Pennsylvania, Lluvia Alzate of Texas and Alexis Loomans of Wisconsin.

The big news this year? Due to the new rule change, Miss Maine USA 2023, Juliana Morehouse Locklear, make history this year as the first married woman to ever compete for the Miss USA crown.

The 72nd Miss USA Pageant was hosted by Keltie Knight and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton of E! News.  The judges for this year’s pageant included actress Vivica A. Fox, fashion designer Nicole Miller, model Emina Cunmulaj Nazarian and beauty entrepreneur and influencer Patrick Starr.


How Miss USA Is Chosen
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Contestants are required to be at least 18 and, with new recent rule changes, there is no longer any age limit to enter the cmpetition. Each contestant from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview, Equally important judging critiera includes  character, poise, confidence and personality. There is no talent portion of the competition.


Miss USA
Halle Berry (Miss Ohio) competed
in the 1986 Miss USA pageant.


Miss USA Fun Facts

• The Miss USA pageant was conceived in 1950 when Yolande Betbeze, winner of the rival Miss America pageant, refused to pose for publicity pictures while wearing a swimsuit. Pageant sponsor Catalina decided to pull their sponsorship, and create their own competition.

• The first Asian American woman to win Miss USA was Macel Wilson in 1962; the first Hispanic was Laura Martinez-Herring in 1985; the first African-American was Carole Gist in 1990; and the first Miss USA of Middle-Eastern descent was Rima Fakih in 2010.

• Hollywood actress Halle Berry was introduced to the world as Miss Ohio, who was the first runner-up in the Miss USA contest in 1986 (Miss Texas, Christy Fichtner, was crowned that year). However, Berry's movie career was launched by the publicity she received as a Miss USA contestant.


Miss USA Controversies


Miss USA
Kataluna Enriquez, Miss USA's
first transgender contestant.

Tara Elizabeth Conner captured the Miss USA title in 2006. Months later, however, she was under threat of losing her crown due to "inappropriate behavior" amid reports she had visited New York City bars when she was not yet 21.

Days of speculation about her fate ended in a much-publicized Donald Trump press conference on December 19, 2006 when he announced that Conner would be allowed a second chance to keep her crown.

A year later, Miss Nevada Katie Rees was offered no second chance at keeping her crown after compromising photos of her in various states of undress which instantly went viral around the Web. She was officially dethroned in January 2007

Miss USA 2009 was also not without controversy when Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was asked a question on gay marriage. Fumbling for words, the beauty queen stated that she was in favor of the "opposite" of same sex unions, resulting in a mixed audience response of cheers and catcalls. Prejean, later admitted that the response may have cost her the Miss USA crown.

Most recently, pageant traditionalists were sent into a tailspin when it was revealed that Miss Nevada, Kataluna Enriquez, would become the first transgender MIss USA contestant ever in 2021. The announcement came in June, Gay Pride Month, when Enriquez messaged her Intagram following: "My win is our win. We just made history. Happy Pride.” 


also see -> Miss America


More about Miss USA around the Web:

Miss USA 2024 - The place to be for everything you always wanted to know, featuring behind-the-scenes at the Miss USA Pageant, related trivia, history, info on past shows, a past-winners' photo gallery and media contact and registration info.

Miss USA - Brief history, a list of winners dating back to 1952 and related pictures, links to current pageant contestants & bios, a comprehensive schedule of events leading up to the pageant, interesting trivia, links to further information from Wikipedia.

Pageantry Magazine Online - Good coverage of general pageant information and interviews with a few of the past Miss USA winners - plus facts & information for hair, make up, fitness and modeling tips for aspiring beauty queens.

 

 
 

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