- The 2019 Miss USA competition will air Thursday, May 2.
- There are 51 women competing for this year’s crown.
- This year’s competition will be hosted by Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey.
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The 2019 Miss USA competition is almost upon us. The pageant will air live on ox on Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m. ET.
The event is hosted by the Miss Universe Organisation and it seeks to recognise women pursuing their personal, professional, and philanthropic goals while helping contestants spread awareness of issues they care about.
This year, the competition will be hosted by performer Nick Lachey and television personality Vanessa Lachey. The 2019 winner will be crowned by last year’s Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers of Nebraska.
Here are the 51 women who will be competing for this year’s crown.
Alabama: Hannah McMurphy
Hannah McMurphy is a professional freelance makeup artist from Tuscaloosa. She travels around Alabama to raise awareness about the impacts of verbal and emotional abuse and the importance of mental health.
Alaska: JoEllen Walters
JoEllen Walters has a degree in elementary education and is currently a first-grade teacher. She seeks to educate the public about the proper disposal of prescription medication and how to prevent opioid overdoses.
Arizona: Savannah Wix
Savannah Wix is a musical performer who works to promote awareness about mental health and suicide prevention among college students. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in integrated-marketing communication and intends to work in entertainment law.
Arkansas: Savannah Skidmore
Savannah Skidmore has a degree in broadcast journalism and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in law. Though her nonprofit organisation, Speak Up Now, Skidmore seeks to promote suicide prevention and awareness. She also enjoys fundraising for children’s hospitals.
California: Erica Dann
Erica Dann holds a master’s degree in international business and a bachelor’s degree in political science. She currently works at Google and spends her spare time travelling. She is passionate about working to combat the homelessness epidemic in the US.
Colorado: Madison Dorenkamp
Madison Dorenkamp is a summa-cum-laude graduate of Johnson & Wales University. She teaches Pure-Barre classes and works as a subcontractor. She also uses her lifestyle blog to connect with readers on topics like food, fitness, and travel.
Connecticut: Acacia Courtney
Acacia Courtney is a TV analyst and broadcast journalist who has covered horse racing events like the Triple Crown, Breeders’ Cup, and the Pegasus World Cup. Her organisation, Racing for Home, helps rehome former racehorses. Courtney is also a classically trained ballerina.
Delaware: Jolisa Copeman
Jolisa Copeman works as a landscape designer while also serving on the board of a nonprofit organisation that helps develop gardening programs for schools. She’s travelled to 15 countries so far.
District of Columbia: Cordelia Cranshaw
After ageing out of foster care at 21, Cordelia Cranshaw founded a nonprofit, Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), that seeks to help families break the cycle of poverty. She is now an advocate for youth in foster care and a motivational speaker.
Florida: Nicolette Jennings
After working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a sports reporter, Nicolette Jennings is currently earning a master’s degree in sports management. She is passionate about travelling and helping women to succeed in male-dominated fields.
Georgia: Katerina Rozmajzl
Katerina Rozmajzl founded a cosmetics company when she was 19 years old and she is currently studying accounting. She also runs her own beauty and fashion blog and she is an ambassador for the nonprofit Kiva that helps support low-income entrepreneurs.
Hawaii: Lacie Choy
Lacie Choy is currently studying communications at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She aims to create a Native-Hawaiian non-profit organisation focused on educating others about green initiatives. She is also working with state senators to promote sustainability in her state.
Idaho: Shelby Brown
Shelby Brown earned a degree in supply chain and operations management while on a full academic scholarship from Boise State University. She owns her own faux-eyelash company and is currently working as a professional makeup artist and hair stylist.
Illinois: Alexandra Plotz
Alexandra Plotz graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in media communications and a certificate in multicultural studies. She’s passionate about heart health and is an ambassador for the American Heart Association. One of her goals is to help high schools offer CPR and lifesaving classes.
Indiana: Tate Fritchley
As a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates, Tate Fritchley helps abused and neglected children find loving homes. She is currently studying marketing and management information systems at Butler University and she hopes to eventually open a clothing boutique.
Iowa: Baylee Drezek
Baylee Drezek is currently studying business marketing and plans to eventually open her own daycare facility. She has a twin sister and younger brother.
Kansas: Alyssa Klinzing
Alyssa Klinzing is pursuing a degree in political science and strives to educate the public on the importance of equal representation in politics and leadership roles. She lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and said she enjoys being “a part-time resident of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland.”
Kentucky: Jordan Weiter
Passionate about education and female empowerment, Jordan Weiter is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky. She hopes to use the Miss USA platform to help women all over the world study in STEM-related fields.
Louisiana: Victoria Paul
Victoria Paul is a full-time emergency-medicine nurse and part-time dermatology nurse. Her program Hopeful-HeART seeks to “bring understanding to addiction, and love to those who struggle with difficult home lives, much like she did.”
Maine: Lexie Elston
Lexie Elston is currently studying environmental science, biology, and marine biology. She dreams of becoming a biologist for the United States Interior and working with environmental non-profits such as Sealegacy and the National Geographic Society.
Maryland: Mariela Pepin
Mariela Pepin oversees a charity that donates permanent makeup services to people who have struggled with medical conditions such as breast cancer and alopecia. Her first language was Spanish and she has also studied French and American Sign Language.
Massachusetts: Kelly O’Grady
A former competitive figure skater and a graduate of Harvard Business School, Kelly O’Grady currently works as a management consultant. In her spare time, she runs the women’s advocacy program Here to Slay and enjoys Latin ballroom dancing.
Michigan: Alyse Madej
Alyse Madej is the North-American spokesperson for luxury car brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati. She advocates for mental-health awareness by sharing her stories of positivity, kindness, and confidence to students in Michigan.
Minnesota: Cat Stanley
Cat Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University and is pursuing a career in dermatology. If crowned Miss USA, she plans on using her platform to educate the public about mental illness and addiction.
Mississippi: Madeleine Overby
A current nursing student and former NFL cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, Madeleine Overby plans to eventually work as a cardiothoracic surgical nurse. She has also appeared on the TV show “America’s Most Talented Kids” and loves to dance and sing.
Missouri: Miriah Jo Ludtke
Miriah Jo Ludtke is an avid traveller and businesswoman. She supports the Big Brothers Big Sisters organisation by using her experience as the daughter of a foster child and a sister of a physical-assault victim to advocate for the importance of teen mentorship.
Montana: Grace Zitzer
Grace Zitzer is a child-protection specialist who works with vulnerable and marginalized communities and volunteers with the Missoula County Human Trafficking Task Force in her spare time. During her college years, she was an all-state athlete and MVP in both basketball and volleyball.
Nebraska: Lex Najarian
Lex Najarian has lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, for six years and she works in the fitness industry. She hopes to use the Miss USA crown to promote Lyme disease awareness and education.
Nevada: Tianna Tuamoheloa
Tianna Tuamoheloa is passionate about both physical and mental health. She works with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Southern Nevada and she has lobbied for increased funding for physical education and art programs in her community. When she was 16, Tuamoheloa was chosen to sing for President Obama at the White House.
New Hampshire: Alexis Chinn
Alexis Chinn is currently pursuing a degree in chemistry at Southern New Hampshire University while working full-time as a server to fund her education. She’s passionate about raising awareness of violence in teen relationships.
New Jersey: Manya Saaraswat
After moving to the US from India as a child and living in five different states, Manya Saaraswat earned a degree in biology and began volunteering at local children hospitals. She hopes to become a pediatric surgeon and has already been published in several medical journals.
New Mexico: Alejandra Gonzalez
Alejandra Gonzalez is the child of two parents who immigrated from Mexico. She is passionate about educating young people about financial literacy. She has a degree in accounting and also loves working with animal-welfare organisations.
New York: Florinda Kajtazi
Florinda Kajtazi has a degree in forensic psychology and a second-degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is currently studying to becoming a physician assistant while working to implement programs that will assist non-English speaking patients and victims of domestic violence at local hospitals.
North Carolina: Cheslie Kryst
Cheslie Kryst is a full-time attorney and former, record-setting Division-1 athlete. She runs the blog White Collar Glam, which is focused on workwear fashion for women, and she also volunteers with the organisation Dress for Success.
North Dakota: Samantha Redding
Samantha Redding has a degree in education and aims to help children reach their educational and personal goals. She volunteers with a multitude of organisations including the North Dakota Buddy Walk, Second Story, Dream Catchers Baseball, Special Olympics of North Dakota, and Minot Area Homeless Coalition.
Ohio: Alice Magoto
Alice Magoto is currently studying marketing, fashion, and digital engagement. She aims to create a lifestyle brand focused on challenging beauty and success standards for women. She said she posts photoshop-free images across all of her social media platforms and her headshot for Miss USA is not photoshopped.
Oklahoma: Triana Browne
Triana Browne holds a degree in human development and family sciences and is currently working as a Native-American ambassador through a partnership with Nike N7 and the Chickasaw Nation. She’s passionate about promoting unity across cultural, political, and religious divides.
Oregon: Natalie Tonneson
Currently employed at the Nike World Headquarters, Natalie Tonneson works with the Forward Stride organisation, an equine therapy nonprofit. She believes in helping children and adults of all ability levels stay active.
Pennsylvania: Kailyn Marie Perez
Kailyn Marie Perez is a first-generation American and law-school graduate. She has danced ballet professionally and volunteers with Best Buddies and Running Start. Perez hopes to one day host her own talk show.
Rhode Island: Nicole Pallozzi
Nicole Pallozzi has a degree in business administration with a focus in marketing. She has volunteered with Best Buddies and the Special Olympics for the past nine years and she hopes to use the Miss USA platform to help individuals with disabilities.
South Carolina: MaKenzie Divina
MaKenzie Divina is pursuing a degree in nursing and plans on becoming a trauma nurse. She uses her personal experience with anxiety and depression to advocate for inclusion through her organisation, Empowering Youth Every Second.
South Dakota: Abigail Merschman
Abigail Merschman began working in the digital-marketing industry while still earning her undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism. After suffering from undiagnosed endometriosis for years, she now seeks to educate people about the disorder and other invisible diseases.
Tennessee: Savana Hodge
After triple majoring in international business, marketing, and Spanish, Savana Hodge began a career in civil engineering and currently works for a global-engineering firm. Hodge is also an avid beekeeper and ambassador for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Texas: Alayah Benavidez
Alayah Benavidez is a student at The University of Texas at San Antonio and a literacy advocate. She created the Read the Way campaign to help support local schools and literacy programs and she dreams of eventually becoming a published author.
Utah: Amanda Renée Giroux
Amanda Renée Giroux graduated cum laude from Ohio University and now works with Project Heal, a non-profit dedicated to helping people who are struggling with eating disorders. She’s also an avid traveller and is pursuing a career in acting.
Vermont: Bethany Garrow
Bethany Garrow is currently studying business administration and psychology. She travels to schools in order to talk to students about mental wellness and plans on becoming a dance therapist to help children from diverse backgrounds heal from emotional trauma.
Virginia: Courtney Lynne Smits
A fifth-generation military member, Courtney Lynne Smits serves as a psychological-operations specialist in the United States Army Reserve. She started her own volunteer organisation at the age of 10 and is committed to working for better access to mental-health programs for veterans and service members in order to lower the suicide rates of veterans and service members.
Washington: Evelyn Clark
Evelyn Clark is an estate planning and business paralegal and the owner of a set-net operation in Alaska, where she works in commercial fishing with her family. She hopes to use the Miss USA platform to inspire children to chase their dreams.
West Virginia: Haley Holloway
Haley Holloway is a graduate of the New York Film Academy and a current student at Lindenwood University. She is the owner of Top Five Consulting and former host of the real-estate and home-design show, “Family Flip.”
Wisconsin: Danika Tramburg
Danika Tramburg holds a bachelor’s degree in sport and entertainment business and she plans on obtaining a master’s degree in broadcast journalism. Her dream is to become a sideline reporter and she’s also passionate about raising awareness for and changing the legislation for human trafficking.
Wyoming: Addison Treesh
Addison Treesh recently graduated high school with her associate’s degree in science general studies from Gillette College. She is currently studying marketing at the University of Wyoming and she plans on pursuing a career in the beauty industry. At 19, she hopes to use her platform to raise awareness about eating disorders.
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