Meet the Contentants
Miss Alabama USA
Sophie Burzynski, is a pre-dental student at Auburn University, where she is double majoring in Nutrition Science and Business Management. At Auburn, she serves as a War Eagle Girl, an official hostess, which serves in unity with the Office of the President in conjunction with Athletics and the Alumni Association.
A successful entrepreneur, she combined her love for people and her passion of serving and is the CEO of Videos By Sophie B., a wedding videography business. She filmed her first wedding at age 15 and filmed 18 weddings last summer.
Throughout her life, she is an agent of transformative impact in empowering others to write and tell their own stories. She hopes to inspire the next generation to be unapologetic in their true identity and to courageously influence their world for good. She teaches others how to be the entrepreneur of their life and shine from the inside out.
Miss Alaska USA
The reigning queen of the north is Jordan Naylor. A 25-year-old marketing professional, Jordan was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where she spends her summers hiking the endless trails, fishing the Russian River, and soaking up every second of the midnight sun. Working towards her dream career in collegiate athletics, Jordan spent her college years coordinating D1 and D2 games. She is a foodie and loves trying new restaurants. On a normal day, you can find her at the gym or watching her favorite reality TV show. Always on the hunt for the next adventure, Jordan cannot wait for the biggest adventure yet…Miss USA!
Miss Arizona USA
Candace Kanavel is a dedicated police officer and the driving force behind ‘Yes She CAN,’ her initiative that focuses on bolstering confidence and capability among women. With a firm belief in the importance of self-defense and situational awareness, Candace has channeled her expertise as a law enforcement professional to create a platform that equips women with essential skills. At 27 years old, Candace is a proud Japanese-American who graduated from Arizona State University, where she honed her skills and passion for community engagement and personal development. Her diverse background and education have propelled her towards becoming an advocate for change. Candace’s commitment to service shines through her work with ‘Yes She CAN’ and other organizations that help victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. Her dedication extends beyond her role in law enforcement as she actively contributes to building a society where women feel empowered, secure, and capable.
Miss Arkansas USA
Mackenzie Hinderberger graduated from the University of Arkansas with her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She is a Kindergarten teacher at Bob Folsom Elementary School. She works hard to create a culture for learning and acceptance in her classroom. Mackenzie is also the Farmington High School Dance coach for the 2023-2024 season.
One of Mackenzie’s priorities is school safety and has partnered with the company, NightLock to provide better security in schools. Mackenzie advocates for stronger regulations and procedures for our schools to protect our students and faculty. She also visits with school boards across the state to help implement new safety procedures.
She not only has a passion for people but also the HOGS! Mackenzie enjoys attending Razorback sporting events to cheer on the hogs! When she is not teaching, you can find her crafting or taking hikes in the beautiful trails with her two pups, Bella & Luna!
Miss California USA
A true California girl, 28 year old Tianna Clark was born and raised in the Golden State. She graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Currently, she is a Sergeant in the Army National Guard serving her community as a Public Relations and Marketing Manager.
When Tianna was in middle school her beloved grandmother Marie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Knowing first hand the devastation of the disease, Tianna hopes to provide support and encouragement for families in need. She is also passionate about encouraging and empowering women and started her own blog called “In Bloom Woman”.
A model and actress formerly signed with Next and Ford Models, Tianna also has an artistic eye and loves to sketch creative fashion designs. In her free time you can find her roller skating with her skate crew “Roll Models”.
Miss Colorado USA
Arianna Lemus has always aspired to be in the entertainment industry. She is a model, actress, writer, and producer. She is the owner of Mírala production company. Arianna’s short film Red Flags is about a young girl who experiences her first betrayal because she chose to ignore the red flags. She premiered the short film at her film festival, MíraLA SFF. A film festival dedicated to showcasing films by women of color. Arianna is a student at Capella University studying Pre-Counseling and after obtaining her BA she will continue to obtain her master’s degree in counseling. She volunteers with NAMI as a helpline specialist providing mental health resources for those in need. Arianna is passionate about mentoring teens and in 2019 established her foundation, AJL Teen Mentorship. She advocates for the homeless youth in Denver, Colorado by working with Urban Peak.
Karla Aponte Roque
Miss Connecticut USA
Karla Aponte Roque was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology & Chemistry, while minoring in Psychology & Pre-Pharmacy in 2019. In 2022, she graduated from Fairfield University’s accelerated nursing program earning her a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management. Karla is a registered nurse on a Medical-Telemetry unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. She is an advocate for health in all of its dimensions, working closely with the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, and American Cancer Society among several other organizations. Karla has numerous awards for her academic and philanthropic work including Walsh Family Memorial Award (for highest science GPA), Gamma Kappa Pi Honor Society, A.M.C Honor’s Award, Veteran’s Affairs VALOR Award, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
A model and actress formerly signed with Next and Ford Models, Tianna also has an artistic eye and loves to sketch creative fashion designs. In her free time you can find her roller skating with her skate crew “Roll Models”.
Miss Delaware USA
Noa Mills is twenty-five-year-old Partnership Implementation Specialist partnering with the largest healthcare providers in the country specializing in destigmatizing substance use recovery. As one of five children born to two pastors, Noa has devoted her life to philanthropy as the CEO of “Rethink Edu”. She has received the Governor’s outstanding service award, written, passed Delaware regulation 615, 2.0, mandating schools to provide students with mental health resources in support of her behavioral health passion, established The Noa A. Mills Annual Scholarship at the age of 21, created the Noa A. Mills community clean up service project at 19, and became a published author of two books at 16. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Forbes: The Culture, and an Aspen Ideas Fellow, she is no stranger to understanding the impact of her efforts. It is her life’s purpose to give others permission to think, be and achieve big.
Miss District of Columbia USA
Cassie Baloue advocates for cancer awareness as a Legislative Ambassador with the American Cancer Society and volunteers with organizations that educate communities on the early signs of cancer with the goal of enabling people to seek treatment at earlier stages. She is the founder of Cancer Collections, a panelist series that promotes cancer awareness.
Cassie works as a digital press secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives and proudly advocated for the “Find It Early Act”, which would ensure all health insurance plans cover screening and diagnostic breast imaging for women at a higher risk for breast cancer without incurring out-of-pocket costs. She desires to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Policy and become a political strategist who advocates for social issues.
Cassie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California Merced and is a signed model with Kingsley Model Management.
Miss Florida USA
At 25 years old, Caroline Dixon is an alumni of Florida State University where she received her degrees in Communications and Digital Media Studies and a Juris Master from the College of Law. Caroline has a passion and dedication for public service, being a former first-grade teacher in her hometown and now serving as a Senior Legislative Aide to a Florida State Senator. She has had the opportunity to work on policies that will better the state of Florida and strives to inspire and empower young women every day to reach new heights and live meaningful, purposeful lives. In addition to public service, Caroline has a passion for traveling, having traveled to 9 different countries throughout her life and has already traveled over 7,500 miles as Miss Florida USA. Caroline is honored to be representing the Sunshine State of Florida at Miss USA 2023.
Miss Georgia USA
Rachel Russaw is a 25-year-old entrepreneur, who has an impressive track record of accomplishments. A graduate of The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Sciences, she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey at fifteen, becoming a full-time content creator and later fulfilling her dream of launching Shop 8.14, her online clothing boutique.
Passionate about empowering young women, Rachel initiated #InfluenceHerIRL, promoting self-confidence, mental health awareness, and entrepreneurship. She combines that with her passion of serving as the Director of Community Outreach for Novaturient, a non-profit organization that makes a difference by helping to provide free mental health services to children and families in Atlanta.
Honored to represent Georgia, Rachel looks forward to influencing the next generation to pursue their dreams during her reign as Miss Georgia USA. Her dedication to her community and empowering others defines her vision for the year ahead.
Miss Hawaii USA
Savannah Gankiewicz, Miss Hawaii USA 2023 is a professional model, entrepreneur, and program director for What Makes You Feel Beautiful—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is based in Maui. As the co-founder of EchoHouse, a boutique hotel set to open in Bali in 2024. She is passionate about inspiring young women to step into the field of entrepreneurship, encouraging them to pursue career and business opportunities, reaching their full potential to become a modern day multi-faceted woman.
With her role as an ambassador and program director for What Makes You Feel Beautiful, Savannah also dedicates her time to facilitating the “F.L.Y. First Love Yourself” youth program, which empowers young women to develop self-love, confidence, and compassion. This all contributes to a healthy sense of self-image.
She is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and has been trained in youth suicide and bullying prevention by the Mental Health America of Hawaii organization.
Miss Idaho USA
Hannah, 28, is the published author of her nonfiction book “Glass Ceiling Epiphanies”, which shares real stories from women in business to close the corporate gender leadership gap, and is pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School to develop skills needed to reach the C-suite. This aspiring beauty start-up founder created her nonprofit, Project IdaHOPE, to share suicide prevention education and resources, based on her experience volunteering for a crisis hotline. Hannah has presented to several Idaho schools about mental health, collaborated with The Speedy Foundation and Governor Little on proper suicide reporting, and has been the keynote speaker at AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Walk. Hannah is a world traveler having visited five continents this year alone and studied abroad in Singapore, Spain, and India. A National Outdoor Leadership School graduate, Pilates instructor, and genuine Idahoan, Hannah enjoys skiing in Sun Valley and rafting the Salmon River with family.
Miss Illinois USA
Samantha Elliott grew up in a small Illinois town on a goat and horse farm. She spent most of her summers traveling to goat shows and has been riding horses since she was just 3 days old. At the age of 8, she rescued her beloved horse, Rosabell, from the kill pen.
Currently, Samantha is pursuing a Master’s of Accounting and is testing for her CPA. She’s one of only 100 Graduate School Fellowship recipients from the University of Alabama.
After school, she will begin working for a Big Four accounting firm as a Federal Auditor auditing the US Army and eventually become an FBI Forensic Accountant. Samantha advocates for financial literacy because it’s not taught in schools but impacts everyone. She has partnered with various schools, colleges, and non-profits like RAMP to bring financial literacy workshops and resources to people of all backgrounds.
Miss Indiana USA
Miss Indiana USA 2023 Haley Jordan is a proud Native American sports broadcaster and high school broadcasting teacher. She often goes from teaching her classes directly to the ballpark to report on the Indianapolis Indians baseball team or report on set with the Indy Eleven soccer team, where she’s the host of its new TV show on Indianapolis Channel 6.
Haley represents Indiana in honor of her mother Susan, who passed away from brain cancer in December 2020. Haley’s growing grief support platform is helping Hoosiers and beyond learn how to grieve healthily and at their own pace in a world where loss has been so prevalent the past few years.
Whether speaking to a group of veterans led by her father or getting to know new mini-bffs who want to be Miss USA someday, Haley is a hands-on titleholder eager to spread her #joy to the whole USA!
Miss Iowa USA
Grace Lynn Keller is a graduate of the University of Iowa with degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications. Grace is the Vice President of a marketing and production company, where she helps clients from around the world find their voice, tell their stories, and develop their brand. Her company produces and oversees over 50 podcasts, YouTube shows, and social media and influencer marketing campaigns. When she’s not on the clock, Grace enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, working on new episodes for her true crime podcast, Grace is on the Case, or hitting the studio – she’s a classically trained ballerina. Grace is also a huge bookworm, and her love of reading led to the creation of her platform, Read To Succeed. To date, she’s traveled over 30,000 miles and worked with over 5,000 students across multiple states, presenting literacy programming for kids in rural and low-income communities.
Miss Kansas USA
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Haley Berger embarked on a remarkable journey across Honolulu, Tampa, Wichita, and Cleveland, experiencing 18 homes within her first several years of life. Currently rooted in Lawrence, Kansas, Haley is committed to her academics and community. Considered a “super senior,” she is simultaneously pursing her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Outside of her studies, she is the founding executive member for the S.A.E.B and actively runs two businesses. Eventually, she hopes to pursue federal pharmaceutical law.
Haley dedicates her time to various campus organizations, including her roles as a pharmacy school ambassador, a member of Kappa Psi, and networking with prospective students at on-campus events.
She enjoys mentoring young women and encouraging them to become strong leaders. As Haley continues to break the glass ceiling, she’s hoping many others follow in her footsteps.
Miss Kentucky USA
Madalyne has always been home. It is where I was pushed into adulthood at the age of 13 to help raise my siblings after my mother passed from a fentanyl overdose. I struggled with PTSD, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts, but regained my health, happiness, and hope through therapy and my family’s support. There were many times I wished for resources and a leader to step in and help me. This is why I am committed to filling that gap by working as a mentor and spokesperson for organizations and philanthropies around Kentucky. I am proud to have written a new story for my life and am grateful to be living my dream of representing this great state and working as a full-time model for companies around the country. Now I am humbled to ask for the opportunity to do so as the next Miss USA.
Miss Louisiana USA
Sylvia Masters, 28, is a native of Houma, graduate of Nicholls State University, and a News Anchor at KLFY News 10 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Sylvia’s hobbies include singing the National Anthem at events, playing the piano, and joyriding with her dogs, Saylor and Spanky.
Sylvia is the oldest of five children, all raised on the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. She has always dreamed of one day representing the state she loves on the Miss USA stage.
Sylvia is passionate about bringing more awareness to the causes most dear to her heart, including advocating for early detection and screenings for cancer in memory of her father. She also enjoys bringing joy to childhood cancer patients and their families through hospital visits and programs through Child Life Centers. Sylvia opens her home fostering puppies throughout the year and advocates for adoption of animals hoping to decrease the overcrowding in animal shelters.
Miss Maine USA
Juliana’s family connection to Alzheimer’s Disease ignited her passion to find a cure. She serves as a community educator, speaking about what Alzheimer’s Disease is and how to help prevent it. Juliana traveled to Capitol Hill to lobby for access to new FDA approved drugs.
Pursuing two master’s degrees in theology and mental health counseling, she hopes to help people lead impactful lives. Juliana holds a BA in Communication from the College of Charleston. She was on the Dean’s- and President’s- List and was in national communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. She has shared her thoughts on modern culture as an on-air contributor.
After MUO incited a major rule change, Juliana is making history as the first married woman to compete in Miss USA! Her April wedding was featured exclusively in People Magazine Online. She hopes breaking this barrier will encourage women to continue chasing their dreams.
Miss Maryland USA
Savena Mushinge was crowned Miss Maryland USA among over 100 contestants. She is the first Zambian American to compete locally & nationally for the Miss USA title.
Being the US Zambia Tourism Ambassador she facilitates tourism and the overall development of the country unifying the relationship between the United States and Zambia.
Savena is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Transaction Manager who has served Fortune 500 companies. She is the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Daughters’ Pride Foundation serving families impacted by poverty. She is also an Ambassador for Icing Smiles helping create memories for children facing critical illnesses through delivering celebration cakes.
Savena’s dedication to philanthropic work is a direct result of being raised in a 3rd world country. She doesn’t take any of her opportunities for granted and wants to encourage others to reach their full potential by using the abundant resources available in the United States.
Miss Massachusetts USA
Annika Sharma is a 22 year old from Boston, Massachusetts who studied Finance, Marketing, and Philosophy at Boston College. She is currently a Wealth Management Analyst working in Fiduciary Trust at Bank of America, helping individuals and families around the country navigate our current economic climate.
A former figure skater and cross country runner, Annika loves to stay active and live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In her free time, she enjoys trying new healthy recipes and spending time on the beach with her family and friends.
Throughout her year, Annika has enjoyed working with Best Buddies, Sanskriti camp, and Uncommon Threads. As the first Indian-American Miss Massachusetts USA, Annika hopes to inspire the next generation to be proud of their diversity and go after their dreams no matter what.
Miss Michigan USA
Alexis is a 23 year old Detroit native and graduate of the University of Alabama where she obtained her degree in Psychology and minor in Global and Cultural Perspectives. She currently works as a Behavioral Therapist helping children with autism and plans to apply to Med School after her reign.
Alexis lost her father to gun violence at age 8 and is now passionate about sharing her story with at-risk kids in Michigan, encouraging them to overcome their adversities. She also works with state government officials and organizations who focus on supporting families affected by gun violence.
An active Best Buddies volunteer since age 14, she currently serves on the Advisory Board for Best Buddies Michigan working with local, state and national staff.
In her free time, Alexis loves reading, watching 90’s movies and traveling, and was even able to study abroad in Greece exploring her Greek background!
Miss Minnesota USA
Sarah is a FORD model in Chicago and New York and models in Minnesota and LA. She embraces travel to explore cultures and meet new people. A junior at Minnesota State University, she studies psychology with a child development minor. Her goal is to be a child and family therapist, inspired by personal experiences and her commitment to Girls on the Run. Sarah’s hobbies include golf, running, camping, and exercise. She cherishes childhood memories of horseback riding and competition dancing and enjoys the Minnesota outdoors. Her pursuits reflect a passion for mental health, empowering young women, and helping to shape a future generation of leaders.
Miss Mississippi USA
Sydney Russell is a 24-year-old graduate student finalizing her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Mississippi Medical Center. She believes “Health is Wealth”, so she launched a health literacy platform to bridge the gap between medical jargon and everyday language making the world of healthcare less intimidating and more accessible!
Sydney’s work in pharmacy revealed to her how many ailments are preventable through nutrition and lifestyle. In order to reach her goal of becoming the “Pharmacist you don’t need to see”, Sydney launched her own YouTube channel to educate people on holistic strategies that can go hand-in-hand with healthcare.
Faith, family, and hard work are the pillars of Sydney’s life, and she is determined to make a positive impact in the world as both a medical professional and the next Miss USA!
Miss Missouri USA
Autumn Black is a graduate of The University of Missouri with a degree in Journalism and minor in Business Administration. Her passion for storytelling and connecting with audiences started with her YouTube channel, which boasts over 300,000 lifetime viewers. While at Mizzou, Autumn took on various leadership positions in news, media, and technology.
Autumn currently works at one of the largest technology companies in the world as a Social Media Manager. She has authored and published over 40 articles on various topics, served as a digital correspondent, led global teams and hosted a show to prepare students for the real world.
As the founder of “The Flawless Movement,” Autumn provides resources for students to become career-ready and tech-savvy.
Autumn loves exploring downtown KC with her rescue dog, and discovering new coffee shops and restaurants with her loved ones. She also enjoys a good sweat at barre and yoga classes.
Miss Montana USA
Mady Rigg is passionate about leadership, empowerment, and community. After studying communication and political science at Eastern Washington University, she returned to Montana to begin her journey of public service. Having worked as a leadership consultant and a political fundraiser, she is now the Marketing Manager at the Glacier Institute. Mady is known for her ability to work effectively with people and connect them to issues, opportunities, and each other. Her dedication to the welfare of her community is all encompassing. Mady serves on the board of the Flathead Area Young Professionals and is a Kalispell Chamber Ambassador, experiences that help feed her future political career aspirations. She also continues to serve as an advisor for her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, where she grows leadership and confidence in young women. She enjoys the outdoors and can be found hiking in Glacier National Park and boating on Flathead Lake.
Miss Nebraska USA
Mimi Wood grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and spent most of her childhood competing in dance. She started dancing at age three and went on to win many National awards throughout her career.
Mimi attended the University of Nebraska where she studied Elementary Education and danced as a Husker Scarlet. There, she served as head of the technique and skills committee, the choreography committee, Captain, and was the first Husker Scarlet to earn First Team All-Big Ten.
Mimi’s primary goal is to make a difference in children’s lives through dance. To accomplish that, she founded her nonprofit, “Project Believe and Achieve” that helps children to unlock their full potential. Mimi is an advisory board member for the YMCA and uses her position to advocate for Nebraska’s youth. She’s continuing to expand her nonprofit and implement her program, Dance and Develop, into more youth support programs throughout Nebraska and the country.
Miss Nevada USA
Josie Nicole Stephens, 28, was originally born in Lafayette Louisiana, now residing in Fallon Nevada. She was born a third-generation oil field worker, but she is the only female and one of only 3% of women in her field! As a chemical account manager on a Shell offshore oil & gas platform she works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure clean production. Her mission is to encourage women to pursue STEM and male dominated fields. Josie has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and minors in mathematics, chemistry, and bio-processing engineering. When she’s not in the Gulf of Mexico she is advocating for the destigmatization of mental health, having a #5daystoSave initiative to educate our youth and provide them with the resources to nurture their mental health. Josie considers herself a bookworm and has a home library with over 300 books!
Miss New Hampshire USA
Britney Lane has her master’s degree in social work and works as a child and family therapist at a local nonprofit. She specifically works with low-income families who have experienced trauma. Britney uses practices that empower kids she works with to reclaim their power and stories. As a sexual assault survivor, Britney is passionate about survivor led policy change and advocacy. She has successfully helped pass the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights, as well as a United Nations Resolution Bill. Both bills provide survivors of sexual violence outlined rights and access to justice. She hopes to run for local office in the future to make positive changes in her community. Britney is part of the citizens program with Best Buddies New Hampshire and loves to get ice cream with her buddy Kasey. She is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and loves to hike the mountains of New Hampshire.
Miss New Jersey USA
Derby Chukwudi is a Nigerian-American woman in Finance who works with the Global Investment Strategy Team at JPMorgan Private Bank in New York City.
Born in Dallas, Texas, raised in Lagos, Nigeria Derby believes in living a limitless life, filled with purpose to elevate others; the catalyst for her leaving home at age 16 to pursue her college education. Derby was named a 2023 finalist for the She Inspires Rising Star Awards for her exceptional leadership, responsibility, and impact in her field.
Derby’s mission is for schools in all 50 states of the United States to require financial education and she partners with national organizations as an advocate.
Her approach to life is one full of gratitude, hard work, and resilience. Derby is honored to compete in Miss USA 2023 and hopes to inspire others to recognize that their differences are their greatest asset, and everyone should have a chance to fulfill their dreams.
Miss New Mexico USA
Bianca Wright, is a graduate from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Her ultimate dream is to one day work for Los Alamos National Laboratory conducting multidisciplinary research. Bianca’s love for science drove her to start her initiative #Harvestinghelpforhumanity which emphasizes on restoring humanity by helping others come together through nature. People are surprised to know that she is licensed to preform a wedding ceremony. Not only does she build families, Bianca builds her self-confidence by investing in the power of education and contributing to her community. Bianca creates hygiene care packages for the homeless, and dresses up as Disney characters, to uplift youth around her community. As a proud Afro-Latina she is an advocate for ensuring people are evaluated on their own merit and abilities and not defined by their gender, sexuality or race. Bianca Wright is Miss New Mexico USA 2023.
Rachelle di Stasio
Miss New York USA
Born in Palo Alto, CA and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Rachelle’s story began when she enrolled in creative dance classes with Nashville Ballet at the age of eight and making her professional debut performing the lead role of Clara in Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker at the age of thirteen. This firmly solidified how strong her passion was for dance and performance on the stage. At the age of fourteen, Rachelle possessed such evident talent that she was offered a paid traineeship with Nashville Ballet under a six-year contract.
Rachelle had a different dream in mind though, turning down the offer in favor of pursuing training in New York and – all going well – finding a place in one of her favorite major ballet companies. The leap of faith paid off and Rachelle was accepted into all five of the prestigious schools she auditioned for, which meant uprooting her and her mother’s lives in Nashville and making the 800-mile move to New York City.
Within two years, and before she even graduated high school, Rachelle was accepted to American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship, followed by ABT’s Studio Company, and eventually performing with ABT professionally.
While still dancing, Rachelle made her international television debut as the principle ‘Hero Ballerina’ in a Samsung commercial directed by Mark Romanek. She was also featured in Paris Vogue with Anja Rubik and photographed by Mario Sorrenti. Other highlights for Rachelle, during her dance career, include Under Armor campaigns, SavageX Fenty: Back to School shoot and gracing the cover of major dance magazines.
Rachelle’s second television appearance was as a featured model in Randy Fenoli’s Say Yes To The Dress on the TLC Network.
What makes all of Rachelle’s accomplishments even more impressive is that since the age of four years old she was fighting a secret battle. As a survivor of sexual assault, Rachelle’s charitable work with the RAINN organization is near and dear to her heart. Part of her platform is helping other victims, so sharing her own story publicly during her first pageant was a big part of her healing. Women everywhere should know that their past doesn’t affect their self-worth or who they are.
“It’s not letting past challenges define you,” she told the New York Post in a recent interview after taking home the Miss New York crown. “I believe that my story brings hope for other people — it’s not just about me anymore. It’s about sharing and being vulnerable, so people don’t feel alone.”
Miss North Carolina USA
Jordyn McKey, Miss North Carolina USA 2023, is a resident of Charlotte, NC. She has a deep admiration for self development and helping others find their divine purpose in life through her campaign of Soul Approval.
She currently works for the global leading women’s health company, Hologic. She is 1 of 6 surgical specialists in the country for an innovative procedure that helps women combat uterine fibroids. She has a passion for empowering women in healthcare and the corporate world.
During her year she wants to help be a driving force for unparalleled support with mental health in schools and form a curriculum for students throughout their entire education. Jordyn hopes to be an example of #beboth which advocates for others to not confine themselves to one label in life. She plans to set this standard by being a woman in pageantry, corporate America, and women’s health.
Miss North Dakota USA
Monni is a proud first-generation Kenyan American and is ready to bring her captivating energy and tenacious spirit to the Miss USA stage. Monni has truly embodied what it means to be ” North Dakota Legendary” by becoming the first African American woman to secure the title of Miss North Dakota USA in the pageant’s 72-year history. She is paving her way to becoming a United Nations Ambassador and embracing her passion for philanthropy and the betterment of humankind. Beyond her extraordinary achievements, Monni has chosen to pridefully wear her kinky afro, along with other protective styles to show the beauty and diversity of Black Woman’s hair. She is making it her mission to guide the state of North Dakota towards the passage of the CROWN Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” prohibiting race- based hair discrimination. Monni is truly a trailblazer who serves her community with humility and pride while promoting empowerment for all.
Miss Ohio USA
Mackenzie is a personal trainer and the owner of Mack’s Fit, training clients across the country. She is equipped with her Masters degree and a passion for reshaping outdated misconceptions of health and beauty. As a professional trainer and hopefully the next Miss USA, her goal is to encourage people to celebrate their bodies, see exercise as a form of self-love, and help women find the beauty in strong bodies and minds.
Outside of the gym, Mackenzie is rarely idle. She loves coaching her Doberman Pinscher – Rogue, in canine sports, equestrian riding, snowboarding, wakeboarding and cruising on her motorcycle.
She is a regular volunteer with The Special Olympics, NC4K, Worthington Resource Pantry and Hand Me Down Dobes. Mackenzie works as a model and has graced multiple fashion covers in Seventeen Magazine!
“Remember, your health journey is your own and goes far beyond physique. It’s about creating realistic habits for a healthy lifestyle.”
Miss Oklahoma USA
Liv Walbeck is a storyteller. From reciting Dr. Seuss books as a child to performing in theater, her interests in public speaking and the performing arts have led her to pursue a career as a Lifestyle and Entertainment Television Host.
Liv is an on-field host for the Triple-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a broadcast journalism student at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!). Through telling feel-good stories, Liv feels that she can play a role in leaving a positive impact on others.
Her platform, Liv it Well, aims to inspire others to know their worth. She started a social media page dedicated to encouraging others to “Liv” a better life. She also produces and hosts video packages for businesses around Oklahoma that accomplish the same goal.
An avid music fan, Liv enjoys writing song lyrics and poetry. She’s also an active volunteer with Dress for Success.
Miss Oregon USA
Manju Bangalore is a physicist, actor, model, author, nonprofit founder, and the reigning Miss Oregon USA.
Since dreaming about becoming an astronaut at a young age, Manju has worked at two NASA centers on the Orion spacecraft, as well as at the White House on science policy. She is now a Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, training to one day conduct research in space.
In addition to her scientific accomplishments, her acting and modeling careers have propelled her from working with Beyoncé in the Brown Skin Girl music video to shooting with Sports Illustrated Swim.
She just published her first children’s book, You Can Be All The Things You Want To Be, to inspire kids to dream big and motivate adults to purposefully pursue being a multi-hyphenate.
She is passionate about gender equity and inclusion. She fervently advocates for her nonprofit, Operation Period, which provides menstrual products and education to those in need.
Jasmine (Jas) Daniels
Miss Pennsylvania USA
Jasmine (Jas) Daniels is a graduate of Immaculata University and a proud woman in tech, working as a Client Manager for a digital marketing agency. Her entrepreneurial spirit motivated her to also start her own boutique-style digital marketing agency, helping small businesses nationwide create impactful websites and build a social media presence.
When she’s not busy in her home office, Jasmine loves the gym, traveling – especially to the beach, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with her family and dogs, Kingston and Kimber!
A woman of ambition, diligence, and resilience, Jas is passionate about service, representation, and uplifting women. Her ultimate goal is to make sure others feel seen, heard, and valued in this world.
As a former Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA, Jasmine is humbled and excited to be back at the national level with the opportunity to be the next Miss USA!
Miss Rhode Island USA
Mary Malloy is a graduate from Emerson College, where she studied Broadcast Journalism and Entrepreneurial Studies. She is a Program Manager at Amazon Web Services, where she writes a weekly newsletter for a global audience of 68,000 people. Mary volunteers with Best Buddies, an organization that creates opportunities for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, Mary is a certified Crisis Counselor with the CrisisTextline. She helps connect people who are in active crisis with lifesaving resources. Mary wrote and published a children’s coloring book titled, “Millie’s Many Emotions.” She is also a freelance entertainment journalist; her work has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter. Mary’s goal in life is to ensure others are not suffering silently with their mental health.
Miss South Carolina USA
Kirby Elizabeth Self is a native of Greenwood, SC, and an alumna of Clemson University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Political Science and Women’s Leadership, minoring in Nonprofit Leadership. Kirby is the Upstate South Carolina Coordinator for The Council for Educational Travel USA, a non-profit that partners with the Department of State to facilitate high school exchange programs. She is currently earning a Master’s degree in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from the Harvard Extension School.
An entrepreneur, Kirby has been granted a provisional patent for an invention and received the SC Department of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Award.
A former three-time state champion in track and field, Coach Kirby enjoys mentoring young girls by volunteering for the non-profit Girls on the Run. In her spare time, you can find Kirby flying airplanes, hiking a national park, or reading her latest book club read.
Miss South Dakota USA
Born and raised amidst the untamed beauty of a hunting ranch in western South Dakota, Amber Hulse embodies the spirit of the wild, calling herself a “Cowgirl Politico”.
As a graduate of the University of South Dakota, she blazed a trail of excellence, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with a degree in political science and non-profit studies.
Amber’s insatiable hunger for knowledge led her to Georgetown Law, where she is currently shaping her legal career. In Washington, D.C., she embarked on a series of awe-inspiring endeavors, interning at the White House and clerking with the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also served as a clerk for the Virginia Attorney General, South Dakota Secretary of State, and esteemed members of Congress and the U.S. Senate.
Amber envisions a life dedicated to public service. Her sights are set on empowering other women to seek leadership positions and create tangible change.
Miss Tennessee USA
Regan Ringler, Miss Tennessee USA 2023, currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a native of Mississippi and has deep pride for her alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. There she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, and she minored in Graphic Design. Upon graduating in 2019, she moved to Nashville, where she completed her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. While earning her MA, she worked full-time as an Account Executive and maintained a part-time job as a stylist and model in designer clothing liquidation.
In her spare time, Regan enjoys playing tennis with her Dad, volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, and spending time with her ragdoll cat, Theodore. She is passionate about fitness and healthy living. Regan never misses a chance to travel or try new foods. She views every risk as a challenge and an opportunity. Above all, Regan values time with her family and loved ones.
Prior to earning her title, Regan competed for seven consecutive years with the Miss Universe Organization. Her time as a competitor brought with it the pride, poise, and passion to effectively carry out the role of not only Miss Tennessee USA, but Miss USA. The resources and platform that the organization provides will help catalyze the impact that Regan will have on those she encounters along the way.
Regan’s life has been defined by her fortitude–saying “yes” to chance and learning lessons along the way. She has set her intention on persisting as Miss Tennessee USA in that same way. Never miss an opportunity. Leave a unique legacy. Say “yes” and enjoy the ride.
Miss Texas USA
Lluvia Alzate, Miss Texas USA 2023, originally from Colombia, migrated to the U.S. at age 5 with her family to pursuit the “American Dream.” She settled in Texas where she earned a Bachelor’s in Business Finance from the University of Houston.
Lluvia’s life took a profound turn when her mother was diagnosed with ALS, leading Lluvia to become a full-time caregiver. She cherished every moment with her mom until her passing in December 2022. These experiences strengthened their bond and ignited her commitment to inspire others grappling with similar challenges.
Partnering with the national and Texas ALS associations, Lluvia’s mission revolves around sharing her narrative of grit and perseverance. She aims to kindle hope and determination, encouraging individuals to relentlessly pursue their aspirations in spite of adversities.
Lluvia’s next big goal is to achieve her financial licenses and educate people of all ages on finance literacy.
Miss Utah USA
Noelia Voigt embodies the essence of a transformational leader and a force for good. As an Interior Design student, her dream is to establish her own design firm and host a TV show, where she gives back to families in need of a home makeover. Her bilingual background as a Venezuelan-American woman enriches her cultural perspective. As the daughter of a Venezuelan immigrant, immigration rights are incredibly important to her. With a remarkable commitment to advocacy, Noelia has championed Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention for six years alongside the One Love Foundation, educating over a thousand students nationwide about the critical aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationships. She is also a published children’s book author. Off-duty, Noelia finds joy in teaching her Australian Shepherd, Mila, tricks, going car camping amidst Utah’s National Parks, and Latin dancing. Her fascination with severe weather fuels her aspiration for future storm chasing adventures.
Miss Vermont USA
Jenna is a hairstylist and esthetician. At the age of 18, she opened her business, Redhead Beauty, specializing in hair and makeup services for weddings and pageants. During the 2020 pandemic, Jenna felt as though college wasn’t the right fit for her, which led to her attending and graduating from cosmetology and esthetician school and changing the trajectory of her life. Jenna is an annual volunteer for Green Up Vermont, assisted in collecting donations for flood relief to dairy farmers, and established a Little Free Library in her hometown. She is also a proud 4th generation farmer who loves both tractor pulls and high fashion. Jenna encourages young adults to consider a future in trades and in her future, she hopes to become an educator in the hairstyling world.
Miss Virginia USA
Ashley made history by becoming the first Caribbean-American, with roots in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Island, to be named Miss Virginia USA. With years of experience as an event coordinator, she works with government contracting executives and is grateful for the opportunity to connect our nation’s leaders. Ashley was able to combine her passion for dance with serving the community by becoming a NFL Cheerleader. Some of her favorite experiences during her three year tenure as a cheerleader include: traveling overseas on USO tours, performing in the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime show alongside J Lo and Shakira, and skydiving with the United States Army Parachute Team. Her goal is to continuously show appreciation for our troops by working with organizations that empower active-duty military and veterans. Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she is a proud first-generation college graduate, who completed her studies as a student athlete.
Miss Washington USA
Dr. Samantha Gallia is an Oral Radiology resident at the University of Washington Hospital. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with high honors and gave the commencement speech at graduation. As a female doctor, she noticed a lack of women leaders in healthcare and formed #GirlDocsRock to equip young women with leadership skills. Samantha was the president of her sorority, Delta Gamma, in college and has completed two full marathons. On the weekends, Dr. Gallia performs tooth fillings and extractions at free healthcare clinics for patients in need. As Miss USA, she plans to expand her efforts globally by partnering with Smile Train both as an advocate and as a member of their surgical team. Samantha also enjoys cooking homemade Cioppino with her Italian family, singing Taylor Swift with her younger sister, and searching for the best cup of coffee in Seattle.
Miss West Virginia USA
Representing West Virginia, Nevaeh Harmon is a pre-med student at Marshall University, studying Biochemistry to become a pediatric physician, while also working as a certified pharmacy technician. She is also the former Vice President and former Chief of Staff of the Student Body at the university. Her mission as the representative of her state is “to inspire women and girls to dream bigger and to lead without fear”. As a Black and Filipina woman in STEM, Nevaeh finds it imperative to show our youth to look within for their confidence and strength, and to be the example that no matter who you are or where you come from, you are more than worthy of achieving everything that your heart desires. Nevaeh was born and raised in Charleston, WV, and having the opportunity to represent those ‘country roads’ that raised her is something that she holds close to her heart.
Miss Wisconsin USA
Alexis Loomans, a 21-year-old overachiever from Waunakee, excels in academics, graduating early from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, majoring in Political Science. Her future holds strong leadership with Unicorp National Development as she is currently obtaining her real estate license. Actively engaging in charitable endeavors, she founded Catwalk for a Cause in 2017, hosting fashion show fundraisers for the American Family Children’s Hospital. No stranger to setting high standards, having represented Wisconsin at Miss Teen USA at 15, her life’s message centers on defying age-based limitations. In touch with youth, she states that age should not determine capabilities. Alexis has worked hard as her own manager and free agent in the modeling industry which has lead to a successful career. She plans to thoroughly apply these skills in pursuit to become the first woman from Wisconsin and one of the youngest in the class of 2023 to win Miss USA.