America didn’t only elect a new set of government officials but has also chosen the woman who will represent the country in the prestigious Miss Universe competition.
Yesterday, November 9, Miss Mississippi Asya Branch took home the title as Miss USA 2020. The pageant was aired live via FYI straight from Graceland Estate located in Memphis, Tennessee.
There were 51 contestants from all over the country who competed for the crown. However, Branch bested all of them because of her poise, wit, ambition, and confidence. Meanwhile, the first runner-up went to Miss Idaho Kim Layne while Miss Oklahoma Mariah Jane Davis was awarded second runner-up.
Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst turned over the crown to her successor in one of those common moments in pageants with the winners crying and hugging. The Mouawad-designed crown she turned over features sparkling diamonds, sapphires, tanzanite, and rubies.
Asya delivered a stunning performance especially during the interview where she was asked about what must be done to unite the divided nation of the US.
She answered, “I think this is an issue of trust. We’ve lost trust in the systems that seem to keep our country running, from the media to business to our government. And it’s all about restoring that trust and coming together and working together to heal and trust in these systems. If we want to continue to be the greatest nation we’re going to have to set a better example.”
In addition, she advocated for gun reform. She urged lawmakers to make it a requirement for gun owners to “pass training and safety courses.”
She also advocated for gun reform, urging lawmakers to require prospective gun owners to “pass training and safety courses.”- Advertisement -
She said, “I think it’s important that we not ban guns because obviously people will find a way to get what they want anyways, but I think it’s our second amendment right. We just need more safety surrounding that.”
This year’s Miss USA coronation night was Elvis-Presley inspired. It included competitions in swimwear and evening gown and an interview portion. The contestants wore their mask periodically throughout the pageant but hosts Allie LaForce and Akbar Gbaja- Biamila informed viewers that the ladies were regularly tested for coronavirus and they also followed safety protocols.