Miss USA 2016

Miss USA 2016 was the 65th Miss USA pageant. It was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 5, 2016. Terrence J and Julianne Hough all hosted for the first time, while Ashley Graham served as the backstage host.[6][7] All fifty states and the District of Columbia competed. Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma crowned her successor, Deshauna Barber of the District of Columbia, at the end of the event. Barber represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant, where she placed in the Top 9.[8]

Miss USA 2016
Deshauna Barber.jpg
Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016
DateJune 5, 2016
Presenters
Entertainment
VenueT-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
BroadcasterFox
Entrants52
Placements15
DebutsMiss 52 USA
WinnerDeshauna Barber
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia
CongenialityPeyton Brown
Alabama Alabama[4]
PhotogenicKate Redeker
Wisconsin Wisconsin[5]
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This was the first edition of the Miss USA pageant to be held under the ownership of WME/IMG, which purchased the Miss Universe Organization from Donald Trump on September 14, 2015, three days after NBCUniversal sold him its 50% interest in the organization in exchange for Trump's dropping a breach of contract lawsuit he filed against the media company in August for terminating NBC's contract to televise the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. It was also the first Miss USA pageant to be broadcast on Fox after signed an agreement on October 2015.[9][10][11]

For the first time, a 52nd entrant for the pageant was decided via a nationwide search through social media voting.[12]

BackgroundEdit

Selection of participantsEdit

Delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia were chosen in state pageants held from July 2015 to January 2016. The first state pageant was Florida, held on July 11, 2015 (the day before the Miss USA 2015 final competition), and the final pageant was Kentucky, held on January 31, 2016; fifteen of these delegates were former Miss Teen USA state winners (made the highest number ever surpassed the previous number of 12 former teens in Miss USA 2014) and two of them were former Miss America state winners.

Two were appointed as replacements after the original titleholders of their states were unable to compete because of commitments: Devin Gant, who was the first runner-up in Miss North Carolina USA 2016 after Allie Dunn, the winner of that competition, as Dunn was fell ill leading to the days before the start of the pageant and prevented from entering registration form. Gant did make a last minute trip to Las Vegas as the pageant activities were already started.[13] Kelsey Schmidt, who was the first runner-up in Miss Washington USA 2016 after Stormy Keffeler, the winner of that competition, had to resign after pleaded guilty from DUI disclosure in April 2015.[14]

ResultsEdit

 
Miss USA 2016 results.
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2016
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 5
Top 10
Top 15

§ Voted into the Top 15 by the public as the "People's Choice".

AwardsEdit

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Historical significanceEdit

HistoryEdit

Miss 52 USAEdit

A 52nd contestant took part in the competition via social media voting . The Miss Universe Organization along with the fashion agency Sherri Hill decided to make a competition online where different women from all the US competed.[15] Finally, 10 women were selected by a panel of judges, and these 10 finalists were revealed on May 10, 2016. The winner between these 10 candidates competed as Miss 52 USA in the Miss USA 2016 pageant on June 5, 2016.[16] The winner, which was announced on May 18, 2016, was Alexandra Miller from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The 10 selected finalists were:

Name Age Hometown State
1 Catherine Williams 24 San Antonio   Texas
2 Yvonne Vega 25 New Braunfels   Texas
3 Jessica Bean 24 Casper   Wyoming
4 Alexandra Miller 26 Oklahoma City   Oklahoma
5 Ivana Thomas 22 Durham   North Carolina
6 Amanda Bell 24 Nashville   Tennessee
7 Kaitlyn Smith 26 Jacksonville Beach   Florida
8 Molly Vierhile 23 San Francisco   California
9 Niki Kafashzadeh 24 Rockville   Maryland
10 Bridgette Garb 21 Oak Park   California

The panel of judges that selected the 10 finalists were:[17]

PageantEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Prior to the final competition, the delegates competed in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swim wear and evening gown. It was held on June 1, 2016 and was broadcast on the Miss Universe website and mobile app and was hosted by Nick Teplitz and Olivia Jordan.

JudgesEdit

  • Fred Nelson [18] – President/Executive Producer of the People's Choice Awards
  • Jimmy Nguyen[citation needed] – Entertainment and digital media lawyer, diversity advocate, blogger, and technology advisor
  • Joey Boukadakis [18] – Writer, director, producer, and media executive
  • Keltie Knight [18] – Correspondent and weekend host of CBS's The Insider
  • Kristin Conte [18] – Marketing and communications executive and event creator
  • Nick Phelps [18] – Global Alliance Director at Droga5
  • Rebecca Bienstock [18] – West Coast Bureau Chief at Us Weekly magazine

FinalsEdit

During the final competition, the top fifteen competed in swim wear, while the top ten also competed in evening gown. The top five also competed in a submitted question round. Unlike in previous years, the third runner-up and the fourth runner-up were not awarded as the format was revived in Miss Universe 2015, and instead the judges would determine those three finalists to advance in the top three. The top three also competed in the same question round and a final runway, and the winner was decided by a panel of judges alongside the two runners-up.

JudgesEdit

ContestantsEdit

52 delegates competed for Miss USA 2016:[21][22][23]

State Name Age[a] Height Hometown Placement Notes
  Alabama Peyton Brown[24] 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Eufaula Top 5, Congeniality Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 2012
  Alaska Ariane Audett[25] 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Anchorage
  Arizona Chelsea Myers[26] 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Tempe Top 15
  Arkansas Abby Floyd[27] 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Searcy Top 10 Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2013
  California Nadia Mejia[28] 20 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Diamond Bar Top 5 Daughter of Gerardo Mejia and Miss West Virginia USA 1989 Kathy Eicher
  Colorado Caley-Rae Pavillard[29] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Castle Pines Previously Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2008 and Miss Colorado Teen USA 2011
  Connecticut Tiffany Teixeira[30] 25 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Bridgeport Top 10 Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2009
  Delaware Alexandra Vorontsova[31] 21 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Newark
  District of Columbia Deshauna Barber[32] 26 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Washington, D.C. Miss USA 2016
  Florida Brie Gabrielle[33] 25 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) West Palm Beach
  Georgia Emanii Davis[34] 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Griffin 2nd runner-up Later placed 3rd-Runner-Up at Miss World America 2017
Later Miss Earth USA 2019
  Hawaii Chelsea Hardin[35] 24 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Honolulu 1st runner-up
  Idaho Sydney Halper[36] 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Moscow
  Illinois Zena Malak[37] 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Carol Stream
  Indiana Morgan Abel[38] 26 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) North Vernon Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 2008
  Iowa Alissa Morrison[39] 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Davenport
  Kansas Victoria Wiggins[40] 26 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Junction City
  Kentucky Kyle Hornback[41] 20 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Louisville
  Louisiana Maaliyah Papillion[42] 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Lake Charles
  Maine Marisa Butler[43] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Standish Later Miss World America 2018
  Maryland Christina Denny[44] 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Baltimore Previously Miss Maryland 2013
  Massachusetts Whitney Sharpe[45] 21 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Burlington
  Michigan Susie Leica[46] 26 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Livonia
  Minnesota Bridget Jacobs[47] 20 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Maple Grove
  Mississippi Haley Sowers[48] 22 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Meridian Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2010
  Missouri Sydnee Stottlemyre[49] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Chesterfield Top 10 Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 2011 and Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2008
  Montana Sibahn Doxey[50] 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Frenchtown Previously Miss Montana Teen USA 2011
  Nebraska Sarah Hollins[51] 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Omaha

Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2009 [52]

  Nevada Emelina Adams[53] 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Anthem
  New Hampshire Jessica Strohm[54] 25 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Manchester
  New Jersey Jessielyn Palumbo[55] 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Wayne
  New Mexico Naomie Germain[56] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Albuquerque
  New York Serena Bucaj[57] 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Suffern
  North Carolina Devin Gant[58] 23 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Charlotte
  North Dakota Halley Maas[59] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Grand Forks
  Ohio Megan Wise[60] 26 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Gallipolis Top 15
  Oklahoma Taylor Gorton[61] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Glenpool Top 15 Previously Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2008
  Oregon Natriana Shorter[62] 25 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Eugene
  Pennsylvania Elena LaQuatra[63] 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Pittsburgh Previously Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2010 and Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2007
  Rhode Island Theresa Agonia[64] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Cumberland
  South Carolina Leah Lawson[65] 22 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Anderson Top 15
  South Dakota Madison McKeown[66] 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Sioux Falls Top 10 Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2014
  Tennessee Hope Stephens[67] 20 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Livingston
  Texas Daniella Rodriguez[68] 19 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Laredo Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2013
  Utah Teale Murdock[69] 26 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Salt Lake City
  Vermont Neely Fortune[70] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Burlington
  Virginia Desi Williams[71] 26 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Newport News Top 10 Previously Miss Virginia 2013. Contestant on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
  Washington Kelsey Schmidt[72] 26 5 ft 3 in (160 cm) Bellevue
  West Virginia Nichole Greene[73] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Charleston Top 15
  Wisconsin Kate Redeker[74] 19 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Sheboygan Photogenic Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2013
  Wyoming Autumn Olson[75] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Saratoga Previously Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2013
  Miss 52 USA Alexandra Miller[76] 26 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Oklahoma City, OK Previously Miss Oklahoma USA 2015 after Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA 2015

International broadcastersEdit

TelevisionEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant

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