Cordelia Cranshaw will be representing Miss District of Columbia USA at the upcoming Miss USA pageant. Cordelia was preceded by Bryce Armstrong. Miss District of Columbia has found success in recent years, bringing home the Miss USA title in 2016 and 2017.
The 26-year-old earned her masters of social work and founded her own nonprofit organization, Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) which aims to help children and their families break out of poverty.
According to her official bio on the Miss USA website, Cordelia hopes to use her platform “to inspire others to never let their negative circumstances determine their future success” if she brings home their crown.
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Miss USA takes place Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. It will be the 68th Miss USA pageant, and the second pageant to be held concurrently with the Miss Teen USA competition. The pageant will air live on FOX. The Miss Universe pageant will take place on a yet-to-be-determined date in South Korea. The reigning Miss Universe is Catriona Gray, who represented the Philippines, while Miss USA going to Nebraska’s Sarah Rose Summers.
The Miss USA competition is one of the premier beauty pageants in both the United States and in the world. First founded in the year 1952, the Miss USA pageant was famously owned b President Donald Trump from 1996 to 2015 before the rights to the pageant were sold to WME/IMG. Previously broadcast by NBC, the Miss USA beauty pageant now resides on Fox.
The pageant is structured the same as any traditional beauty pageant, as it includes swimsuit, gown, and interview competitions.
Each year, the winner of the Miss USA beauty pageant represents the United States of America in the Miss Universe.