- The Miss USA pageant takes place on May 2.
- Some of the contestants have shared Instagram photos featuring little to no makeup.
- The photos prove that the contestants are just as pageant-worthy without the glamorous makeup typically associated with the Miss USA competition.
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Miss USA contestants are known for their glamorous evening gowns and stunning hair and makeup looks, but the contestants are just as pageant-worthy with little to no makeup on.
Many of the contestants have shared more casual makeup looks on Instagram, showing that they’re just as comfortable wearing minimal makeup as they are wearing a full face of product on stage.
Ahead of this year’s pageant on May 2, here’s what 11 of the 2019 Miss USA contestants look like with little to no makeup, along with some interesting facts provided to INSIDER by The Miss Universe Organisation.
Kelly O’Grady is competing as this year’s Miss Massachusetts. She shared a makeup-free selfie in March.
The 28-year-old shared a selfie during a dentist appointment on Instagram.
“No makeup today to give my skin a break,” she wrote in the caption.
O’Grady double-majored in social studies and East Asian studies at Harvard University and currently works as a management consultant.
This year’s Miss Maryland, Mariela Pepin, went for a low-key look on Instagram in February.
When a person commented “I love you with little to no makeup,” Pepin responded by writing:“that’s how I feel most comfortable too!”
The 23-year-old says her biggest goal in life is to travel the world to help those in need. She recently went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico to help those affected by Hurricane Maria.
JoEllen Walters of Alaska shared a natural makeup look with her followers in January 2017.
The 25-year-old is currently a first-grade teacher. She shared the selfie during her first week at her new school.
Miss Delaware, Jolisa Copeman, went makeup-free for an Instagram video in April.
Copeman shared the video on Instagram with hashtag “#nomakeup.” She holds a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and design and currently works as a landscape designer.
Lexie Elston of Maine shared a photo of her casual beach look in January 2018.
“When you get accepted into a new university and get new wheels in one day,” she captioned the casual look.
The 23-year-old is currently a full-time student studying environmental science.
Madeleine Overby, this year’s Miss Mississippi, shared a no-makeup selfie in April.
“Feeling like no makeup is the new makeup,” she captioned the post.
The 21-year-old is a former NFL cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, and plans to get her master’s degree in nursing.
Lex Najarian is representing Nebraska this year, and posted a gym photo in March.
The 25-year-old often posts about her workouts on Instagram. She’s also an advocate for Lyme Disease awareness and education.
This year’s Miss Nevada, Tianna Tuamoheloa, shared a “#nomakeup” photo in February 2018.
According to Miss USA, the 26-year-old is making history as the first woman of Samoan descent to compete in the pageant.
Natalie Elaine is representing Oregon in this year’s pageant. She went with a natural makeup look for an Instagram photo in September 2018.
The 28-year-old currently works at the Nike World Headquarters and is also a fitness model and instructor.
This year’s Miss Utah, Amanda Renée Giroux, went for a low-key look during a flight in December 2018.
“It’s all fun and games until you hit a wall 23 hours of travel later,” she wrote in the caption.
The 23-year-old recently graduated from Ohio University with an honours degree in marketing and retail merchandising.
Alice Magoto, this year’s Miss Ohio, shared a behind the scenes look of a photo shoot in April.
She wrote in the caption that the photo was “no photoshop and filter free.”
According to Miss USA, the 21-year-old began lobbying with the Eating Disorder Coalition in 2016, and she doesn’t alter or edit any photos she shares on Instagram.
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