Tonight, the 2015 Miss USA Pageant aired on Reelz Channel, which was certainly a very different venue to what the event is really known for. There is little questioning that the Donald Trump scandal changed things for the pageant, but at the same time the show did go on. Many of the same traditional rounds were still there, and these women had an opportunity to represent the country in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant, which will still need to find a TV home of its own moving forward if Reelz does not decide to air it.
During the broadcast, the top five was revealed in Mame Adjei (Maryland), Brittany McGowan (Nevada), Olivia Jordan (Oklahoma), Anea Garcia (Rhode Island), and Ylianna Guerra (Texas). The field was narrowed down over time, and it turned out to be a showdown interestingly between Oklahoma and Texas! After Anea Garcia won 2nd runner-up, Ylianna Guerra of Texas was 1st runner-up. This means that Olivia Jordan is the winner!
For those wondering over history, Jordan is the first-ever Miss USA from Oklahoma, and we imagine her getting an added dose of attention thanks to that.
Obviously, the hope here is now for the pageant that she can be a great representative of the organization moving forward, and ultimately compete in the Miss Universe pageant later on. We also of course anticipate that there will be controversy over her win, just because Twitter critics will be quick to point out that many of the more diverse candidates failed to get the tiara in the end. Those are questions not really meant for Jordan, but they will inevitably be asked. It’s sort of a catch-22, given that if a minority contestant won, there would be questions about that. Just the way the news media works.
For tonight, though, let’s just send congratulations Jordan’s way.
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