Brittany Ann Payne, representing California, was crowned Miss Earth United States 2015 a the Radisson Hotel in Ontario, California on July 26. She was crowned by the 2014 titleholder Andrea Neu (Miss Earth Air 2014). Payne will now represent the U.S.A. in 2015 Miss Earth pageant to be held in Vienna, Austria on December 5th. Payne is a pageant veteran. She was 2nd runner-up in 2015 Miss California USA, 1st runner-up in Miss California United States 2013, 2nd runner-up in Ms. Racing Queen 2014 and also represented Bakersfield, California in 2013 Miss Hooters International.
A local beauty pageant is attracting ample mockery on social media after a trans-identified male was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded a scholarship intended for young women. Brían Nguyen , 19, was awarded the crown in the Miss Greater Derry pageant, held on November 8 in the Greater Derry area of New Hampshire. The competition is a locally-run event under the national Miss America series of pageants. In addition to winning the crown, Nguyen will receive the Miss Greater Derry Scholarship , a financial award established to support young women. Nguyen, who is male, is a freshman at Nashua Community College majoring in Business Management. After his win, Nguyen wrote on Facebook : “ I am ecstatic to be the FIRST transgender woman to be a Miss America local titleholder, and I hope to make everyone proud and become the first to walk the Miss America stage. I am Brían Nguyen, your Miss Greater Derry 2023 .” Nguyen had previously announced on Instagram that he has intention