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What to Know About this Year’s Miss USA — And Why It Will Be Different From Any Other Year

On June 5, 52 women will take the stage to compete in the Miss USA beauty pageant — but only one will walk away with the competition's top crown.
The stakes are high: Whoever wins in Las Vegas on Sunday will advance to the international Miss Universe pageant, where they will represent the United States.
Here's everything you need to know about the 64-year-old pageant, which airs Sunday night at 7 p.m. EST on Fox.
What to Know About this Year's Miss USA — And Why It Will Be Different From Any Other Year
Source: Josh Brasted/Getty Images

You can help decide the winner.

You can cast your vote for your favorite contestant in three different ways between the hours of noon and 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 31.
1. Miss U App
Download the pageant's official app via iTunes or Google Play and vote up to 10 times a day for your pick.
2. Website
Head over to Miss USA's official website to cast another 10 votes per day via desktop.
3. Twitter
If your Twitter account is public, you can also vote by tweeting or retweeting with the official #MissUSA hashtag, paired with the hashtag specific to the contestant of your choosing.

What does it actually mean to take home the crown?

After an exhausting night spent competing and strutting around in evening gowns, what is the real prize the pageant's contestants are vying to walk away with?
In addition to representing the United States in the Miss Universe pageant later this year, the winning woman will presumably enjoy a considerable slice of the limelight during her tenure as Miss USA. 
Last year's reigning queen, Olivia Jordan, went on to become a vocal mouthpiece for Children of the Night, an organization devoted to removing children from prostitution in the United States. She also lobbied on Capitol Hill for funding for Alzheimer's disease research and had a cameo appearance in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

This year is the first in its history that the Miss USA pageant will feature a 52nd contestant.

The pageant conducted an unprecedented nationwide search for a 52nd contestant online, and Alexandra Miller was selected as the winner. Miller hails from Oklahoma — the home state of last year's winner, Olivia Jordan — so she'll have big shoes to fill during Sunday night's contest.
Source:, June 4, 2016


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