Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma will crown her successor at the end of the event. Jordan represented the USA in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant held on December 20, 2015 in her home nation where she was named the second runner up.
The Miss USA Pageant was held in Vegas from 2008 through 2013, then moved to Baton Rouge, La., for the 2014 and 2015 contests, where Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned July 12, 2015. Olivia returns here to crown her successor. (Picture : The 2012 Miss USA Pageant)
During the final competition, the top fifteen will compete in swimsuit and evening gown, and the top five will compete in the final question signed up by a panel of judges. The winner will live in New York during one year with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik.
History of the Miss USA Pageant
The Miss USA pageant was conceived in 1950 when Yolande Betbeze, winner of the rival Miss America pageant, refused to pose for publicity pictures while wearing a swimsuit. Pageant sponsor Catalina decided to pull their sponsorship off the pageant and create their own competition.
The first Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants were held concurrently in Long Beach, California in 1952; the first Miss USA winner was Miss New York USA Jackie Loughery. There were thirty delegates in the first year of competition, and many states did not compete every year during the first two decades of the pageant's history. From the 1970s, each state and the District of Columbia have sent a delegate each year. Alaska first competed in 1959 and Hawaii in 1960. Both had competed at Miss Universe until this time.
Jackie Loughery, the first Miss USA
Historically, the winner of the Miss USA title represented the U.S. in its sister pageant Miss Universe. Since its inception, eight Miss USA titleholders have gone on to win Miss Universe. In the mid-1960s, the organization established a rule that when a Miss USA wins the Miss Universe title, the first runner-up assumes the Miss USA title for the remainder of the year.
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