Where can you find 200 young women, who are beautiful, confident, professional, and passionate about improving their communities? In Washington DC, on July 4th weekend, at the Miss United States national pageant. All I can say is, WOW.
Each delegate represented their state, including territories Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, to compete in interview, swimwear, and evening gown. The top 16 finalists went on to compete in the finals, where they re-competed in swimwear. The top 10 would re-compete in evening gown, and the top 5 would face the terrifying on-stage question.
Here are the top 16 delegates from Miss United States 2014, in their swimwear by Vizcaya Swimwear, the official swimwear sponsor of the Miss United States Organization.
1. Florida, Tia McDonald
2. Hawaii, Lauren Hickey
3. Kentucky, Katy Moody
4. New Jersey, Jennifer De Cillis
5. Massachusetts, Renata De Carvalho
6. Pennsylvania, Khari Siegfried
7. Iowa, Jessica Versteeg
8. Texas, Rachel White
9. Delaware, Vincenza Russo
10, North Carolina, Elizabeth Safrit
11. South Carolina, Mae-Ann Webb
12. Wyoming, Natasha Dirck
13, Vermont, Raven Reed
14. Tennessee, Jordan Davis
15. Ohio, Chelsea Folden
16. Alabama, Jessica Escamilla
After swimwear, the top ten finalists were called to the stage:
1. Iowa, Jessica Versteeg
2. Florida, Tia McDonald
3. Alabama, Jessica Escamilla
4. Pennsylvania, Khari Siegfried
5. South Carolina, Mae-Ann Webb
6. North Carolina, Elizabeth Safrit
7. Kentucky, Katy Moody
8. Delaware, Vincenza Russo
9. Massachusetts, Renata De Carvalho
10. New Jersey, Jennifer De Cillis
The top 5 finalists had to answer the on stage question:
“With the state of the current economy, how do you justify competing in pageants?”
Personally, I think that Miss Delaware, Vincenza Russo nailed it when she said she relied on fundraising, and sacrificed a lot to be where she is competing in Miss United States. As a pageant girl, I can tell you that pageants are a HUGE financial and time commitment! You have to sacrifice a lot to successfully compete in a pageant!
When the time came to announce the winners, Steven Roddy of Pageant Planet and Stephanie McGrane of Pageant Live, the hosts, announced the following finalists:
Fourth runner up: Pennsylvania
Third runner up: Kentucky
Second runner up: Delaware
At this moment, the National Director, Christopher W. Wilmer, stepped on to the stage. He asked Miss United States 2013, Candiace Dillard to join him. He gave Candiace an envelope and asked her to read the note inside.
With that, Candiace announced a surprise guest, the director of the Miss World Organization.
The director of the Miss World Organization publicly asked Christopher Wilmer, the National Director of Miss United States, if he would accept his offer to send the Miss United States titleholder to Miss World starting this year.
Mr. Wilmer responded, “I humbly accept your offer,” followed by a roar of applause.
Then, the director of the Miss World Organization introduced another surprise guest…
MISS WORLD 2013, MEGAN YOUNG.
Keep in in mind that during this moment, the two remaining finalists were still waiting to see who won the title of Miss United States 2014! What an amazing way to announce the Miss United States Organization’s new partnership with the Miss World Organization!
Finally, after MUCH anticipation, Steven Roddy announced that MISS NORTH CAROLINA, Elizabeth Safrit, is the Miss United States 2014.
Are you interested in the Miss United States Organization? Visit http://www.missunitedstates.com to learn more!