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Miss USA 2016
DateJune 5, 2016
Presenters
Entertainment
VenueT-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
BroadcasterFox, KVVU-TV
Entrants52 (including Miss 52 USA)
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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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 became the first African American to win the Miss USA title since Crystle Stewart in 2008, and this was District of Columbia's third title and the first title since 2002. Barber represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant, where she placed in the Top 9.[8]

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 in 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]

Background

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the host venue of Miss USA 2016 competition.
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the host venue of Miss USA 2016 competition.

Location

On April 5, the Miss Universe Organization announced that the competition would be hosted at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and a seventh time hosting the state in nine years.[7]

Hosts and performers

On May 25, it was announced that the competition would be hosted by Terrence J, while Ashley Graham would serve as backstage host. A week later, Julianne Hough was announced as the second host would work alongside Terrence J. Hough is a dancer and judge on Dancing with the Stars.[6][13]

Also on May 25, Backstreet Boys and Nashville Star alum Chris Young were announced as the musical guests.[14]

Selection of participants

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), two of them were former Miss America state winners and three of them were former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state winners.

Two state titleholders were appointed as replacements after the original titleholders were unable to compete. Stormy Keffeler, the original Miss Washington USA 2016, resigned in January 2016 after pleaded guilty from disclosure of DUI in April 2015. She was replaced by Kelsey Schmidt, who was the first runner-up of the Miss Washington USA 2016 pageant,[15] and Allie Dunn, the original Miss North Carolina USA 2016, resigned two weeks before the start of the Miss USA 2016 competition when she was falling ill and missed the start of pageant activities prevented from entering registration form. She was replaced by Devin Gant, who was the first runner-up of Miss North Carolina USA 2016 pageant and made a last minute trip to Las Vegas as the pageant activities were already started.[16]

Results

Miss USA 2016 results.
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".

Awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Order of announcements

Historical significance

Miss 52 USA

In May 2016, 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.[17] 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.[18] The winner was announced on May 18, 2016, and Alexandra Miller from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was named as Miss 52 USA.

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:[19]

Pageant

Preliminary round

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.[20]

Judges

Finals

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.

Judges

Contestants

52 delegates competed for Miss USA 2016:[24][25][26]

State Name Age[a] Height Hometown Placement Notes
Alabama Alabama Peyton Brown[27] 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Eufaula Top 5, Congeniality Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 2012
Alaska Alaska Ariane Audett[28] 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Anchorage
Arizona Arizona Chelsea Myers[29] 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Tempe Top 15
Arkansas Arkansas Abby Floyd[30] 20 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Searcy Top 10 Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2013
California California Nadia Mejia[31] 20 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Diamond Bar Top 5 Daughter of Gerardo Mejia and Miss West Virginia USA 1989 Kathy Eicher
Colorado Colorado Caley-Rae Pavillard[32] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Castle Pines Previously Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2008
Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2011
Connecticut Connecticut Tiffany Teixeira[33] 25 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Bridgeport Top 10 Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2009
Delaware Delaware Alexandra Vorontsova[34] 21 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Newark
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Deshauna Barber[35] 26 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Washington, D.C. Miss USA 2016
Florida Florida Brie Gabrielle[36] 25 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) West Palm Beach
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Emanii Davis[37] 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 and 1st Runner-up (Miss Earth - Air) at Miss Earth 2019
Hawaii Hawaii Chelsea Hardin[38] 24 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Honolulu 1st runner-up
Idaho Idaho Sydney Halper[39] 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Moscow
Illinois Illinois Zena Malak[40] 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Carol Stream
Indiana Indiana Morgan Abel[41] 26 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) North Vernon Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 2008
Iowa Iowa Alissa Morrison[42] 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Davenport
Kansas Kansas Victoria Wiggins[43] 26 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Junction City
Kentucky Kentucky Kyle Hornback[44] 20 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Louisville
Louisiana Louisiana Maaliyah Papillion[45] 21 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Lake Charles
Maine Maine Marisa Butler[46] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Standish Later Miss World America 2018
Later Miss Earth United States 2021
Later Miss Earth Air 2021
Maryland Maryland Christina Denny[47] 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Baltimore Previously Miss Maryland 2013
Massachusetts Massachusetts Whitney Sharpe[48] 21 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Burlington
Michigan Michigan Susie Leica[49] 26 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Livonia
Minnesota Minnesota Bridget Jacobs[50] 20 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) Maple Grove
Mississippi Mississippi Haley Sowers[51] 22 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Meridian Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2010
Former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader
Missouri Missouri Sydnee Stottlemyre[52] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Chesterfield Top 10 Previously Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2008
Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 2011
Montana Montana Sibahn Doxey[53] 23 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Frenchtown Previously Miss Montana Teen USA 2011
Nebraska Nebraska Sarah Hollins[54] 25 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Omaha Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2009 [55]
Nevada Nevada Emelina Adams[56] 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Anthem
New Hampshire New Hampshire Jessica Strohm[57] 25 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Manchester Professional cheerleader for New England Patriots
New Jersey New Jersey Jessielyn Palumbo[58] 24 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Wayne
New Mexico New Mexico Naomie Germain[59] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Albuquerque
New York (state) New York Serena Bucaj[60] 22 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Suffern
North Carolina North Carolina Devin Gant[16] 23 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Charlotte Originally first runner-up, but assumed the title after winner Allie Dunn resigned before the start of pageant activities due to illness.
North Dakota North Dakota Halley Maas[61] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Grand Forks
Ohio Ohio Megan Wise[62] 26 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Gallipolis Top 15
Oklahoma Oklahoma Taylor Gorton[63] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Glenpool Top 15 Previously Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2008
Oregon Oregon Natriana Shorter[64] 25 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Eugene
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Elena LaQuatra[65] 24 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Pittsburgh Previously Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2007
Previously Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2010
Rhode Island Rhode Island Theresa Agonia[66] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Cumberland
South Carolina South Carolina Leah Lawson[67] 22 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) Anderson Top 15 Auditioned on season 14 of American Idol but eliminated in Hollywood Week
South Dakota South Dakota Madison McKeown[68] 21 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Sioux Falls Top 10 Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2014
Tennessee Tennessee Hope Stephens[69] 20 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Livingston
Texas Texas Daniella Rodriguez[70] 19 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) Laredo Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2013
Utah Utah Teale Murdock[71] 26 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) Salt Lake City
Vermont Vermont Neely Fortune[72] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Burlington
Virginia Virginia Desi Williams[73] 26 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Newport News Top 10 Previously Miss Virginia 2013
Later contestant on Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
Washington (state) Washington Kelsey Schmidt[15] 26 5 ft 3 in (160 cm) Bellevue Originally first runner-up, but assumed the title after winner Stormy Keffeler resigned due to failing a DUI disclosure.
West Virginia West Virginia Nichole Greene[74] 24 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) Charleston Top 15
Wisconsin Wisconsin Kate Redeker[75] 19 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) Sheboygan Photogenic Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2013
Wyoming Wyoming Autumn Olson[76] 22 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Saratoga Previously Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2013
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Miss 52 USA
Alexandra Miller[77] 26 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) Oklahoma City, OK Previously Miss Oklahoma USA 2015 after Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA 2015

International broadcasters

Television

Notes

  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant

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