Asya Branch
Born
Asya Danielle Branch

(1998-05-05) May 5, 1998 (age 24)
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi (BA)
OccupationStudent and beauty pageant titleholder
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Mississippi 2018
Miss Mississippi USA 2020
Miss USA 2020
Years active2018–present
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Major
competition(s)
Miss America 2019
(Unplaced)
Miss USA 2020
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2020
(Top 21)

Asya Danielle Branch (born May 5, 1998) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2020.[3] She represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2020 pageant.[4][5]

Early life and education

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.

Pageantry

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.

References

  1. ^ "Mississippi's Asya Branch Is the New Miss USA". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  2. ^ "Who is Asya Branch? Father, height and age of Miss USA 2020!". HITC. 2020-11-10. Archived from the original on 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  3. ^ "Mississippi's Asya Branch Wins Miss USA 2020". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  4. ^ Miss Mississippi Asya Branch crowned Miss USA 2020 eonline.com Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Asya Danielle Branch". Miss America. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Asya Danielle Branch on Instagram: "Every end is a new beginning💙🎓💛 05.19.16"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  7. ^ "School of Journalism and New Media | Asya Branch". jnm.olemiss.edu. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  8. ^ "Miss USA 2020 Winner: Who's Asya Branch from Mississippi? Here's how she overcame tough childhood to win pageants". meaww.com. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Miss Tupelo Crowned Miss Mississippi 2018". wtva.com. Archived from the original on 15 November 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
Awards and achievements Preceded byAnne Elizabeth Buys Miss Mississippi 2018 Succeeded byMary Margaret Hyer Preceded byMadeleine Overby Miss Mississippi USA 2020 Succeeded byBailey Anderson Preceded by Cheslie Kryst Miss USA 2020 Succeeded by Elle Smith