Asya Danielle Branch
May 5, 1998
|Alma mater||University of Mississippi (BA)|
|Occupation||Student and beauty pageant titleholder|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Title||Miss Mississippi 2018|
Miss Mississippi USA 2020
Miss USA 2020
|Miss America 2019|
Miss USA 2020
Miss Universe 2020
Asya Danielle Branch (born May 5, 1998) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2020. She represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2020 pageant.
Branch was born on May 5, 1998, in Detroit, Michigan to African American parents. She is the sixth child of eight siblings. Branch grew up in Booneville, Mississippi where she attended Booneville High School.
After graduating from high school, Branch moved to Oxford, Mississippi to attend the University of Mississippi. She graduated from the School of Journalism and New Media with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications with an emphasis in Public relations and a minor in General Business.
In May 2021, Asya represented United States at Miss Universe 2020, held in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Out of 74 representatives, Asya placed in the Top 21.
As Miss Mississippi USA, Branch was awarded the opportunity to represent Mississippi at Miss USA 2020, becoming the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Mississippi USA. Originally scheduled for the spring of 2020, the Miss USA 2020 competition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and later held on November 9, 2020, at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. She competed in finals and reaching the semifinals in the state for the first time since 2010, where she was crowned by outgoing titleholder Cheslie Kryst. Following her win, Branch became the first woman from Mississippi to be crowned Miss USA and the last Miss USA titleholder ever owned by the Miss Universe Organization.
Previously, Branch was crowned Miss Mississippi 2018 and went on to compete in Miss America 2019 where she was unplaced. She did place second-runner up in the Quality of Life awards at the pageant.
On November 29, 2021, she ended her reign and crowned her successor Elle Smith of Kentucky as Miss USA 2021 at the Paradise Cove Theater of River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma.