"I am so humbled to be crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2016! This has been a dream of mine for a long time now and I couldn't be happier to represent my state at Miss USA this year. There is no secret to success, all you have to do is believe!" said Maaliyah.
At the same event was crowned Louisiana's delegate for the 2016 Miss Teen USA Pageant, Ellie Picone.
Papillion succeeds Miss Louisiana USA 2015 - Candice Bennatt, she represented Louisiana at Miss USA 2015 in Baton Rouge on July 12th where she competed to succeed Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez of Nevada, eventually finishing in the Top 11.
The Miss Louisiana pageant is produced by RPM Productions, which also produces the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state pageants for Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. RPM Productions' headquarters is in Aiken, South Carolina.
Louisiana is one of only seven states to have three or more Miss USA winners (in 1958, 1961, and 1996).
Final walk of Candice Bennatt Miss Louisiana USA 2015 and Katherine Haik Miss Teen USA 2015
Miss Louisiana Teen USA Ellie Picone and Miss Louisiana USA Maaliyah Papillion raise their hands in victory as they were crowned at the the Heymann Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
Closeup of Maaliyah Papillion
Miss Louisiana USA 2016 Final Results
Winner : Maaliyah Papillion - Lake Charles
First runner-up : Bethany Trahan - Calcasieu
Second runner-up : Lauren Vizza - Central Parishes
Third runner-up : Scarlett Blades - Slidell
Fourth runner-up : Christina Famularo - New Orleans
Scarlett Blades - Slidell
Mariah Clayton - Florida Parishes
Kimberly Newville - Acadiana
Helena Cefalu - River Ranch
Victoria Sagrera - Vermilion Parish
Rachel North - Lafayette
Alexis Johnson - Cenla
Christina Famularo - New Orleans
Ali Williams - Southwest
Bethany Trahan - Calcasieu
Ashley Barbier - LSU
Maaliyah Papillion - Lake Charles
Devin Boyd - Baton Rouge
Lauren Vizza - Central Parishes
Krista Toussant - UL
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