Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA 2015, after turning in a strong couple of answers during the Q&A rounds.
When asked what the next big issue is that the US needs to tackle on a national level, she said it was race relations.
“We have not solved this issue. We are still having problems and we keep hearing about new issues that are coming up. We really need to work on being an accepting society and being a society where every single person, no matter your race, no matter your gender, is given the same rights and privileges and opportunities,” she said.
After the break, the candidates were again asked which American woman they want to see on the first printing of the $10 bill.
Jordan said: “Well, I wish that Oprah was an eligible candidate because I would love to see Oprah on a bill. But there are some amazing women in American history. I think Harriet Tubman would be a beautiful example of where we have been, and how far we are coming and how far we still have to go.”
Jordan is the first from Oklahoma to win the Miss USA title. She is expected to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
Prior to joining Miss USA, she was appointed Miss World United States and competed in the Miss World 2013 pageant in Bali, won by Filipino-American Megan Young.
Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra finished first runner-up, followed by Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia, Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan and Miss Maryland Mame Adjei.
The rest of the top 10 included Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana and Michigan. Kentucky also moved forward to the evening gown competition (making it a Top 11) after winning the interactive audience voting to save one girl.
Arizona, Virginia, Illinois and New York completed the Top 15.
Miss Indiana won Miss Photogenic, while Misses Delaware and Alaska won Miss Congeniality.
The former queens as judges
The judging panel included Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean-Bailey, Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Umenyiora, Miss Teen USA 2011 Danielle Doty, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih and Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner.
The lead-up to this year’s pageant finals delved into controversial politics after Miss Universe Organization owner Donald Trump made scathing remarks againts Latin American immigrants. This lead to sponsors, hosts, judges and performers pulling out.
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She is a true beauty from USA. She really works hard for national causes like stop ptostitution and kidnapping girls for human trafficking. I am glad she won .in MW she placed well. @ MU she might win
I told you trump was not going to be there & leave the focus on the girls. The all former miss USA’s & universes, judges panel asked hard questions about racism to who should be the first woman on the new $10 dollar bill in 2020.only OK didn’t stumble & killed it. Tx was a solid answer but no passion(1ru). The other 3 completely fell apart. & couldn’t answer or went over time. Miss ok is beautiful. She was miss USA world rep in2013 when Philippines won.
Very well answered, Miss Okhlahoma….she deserves the crown. Shame that Rhode Island was over rated to third position.
I knew Dump Trump will pick a blond. The Hispanic-Americans and the African-American were token picks to disprove that Dump Trump is a racist . BTW, Miss Oklahoma is a left over from Miss World and darn doesn’t she look old.
that´s not true…she will make it in Miss universe…good luck USA! one left over from MW had won MU in the past…e.g. MU1992
Thank you for hating Trump for me…you´ve saved me a lot of time to type!…btw, the winner of MW2013 wasnt that extraordinary, just another pinay on the street in subic bay!
She does look old doesn’t she? At the rate she’s joining every contest available on the face of the earth, she might one day be lucky to win one. BTW, I’m the true Lara Kenyan you beeyatch. Can’t you tell from the size of my vagina?
I still think Texas should have won. Don’t get me wrong, Oklahoma is fine, but personally, Texas was better. Me thinks judges place too much emphasis on the “correctness” of an answer during the Q&A when it really should be just about personality. Besides, the way a contestsant responds to questions can be changed with proper training. You can only do so much to change one’s physical appearance, however. This is why Olivia Culpo won over Janine Tugonon in 2012. Texas was a tad more beautiful than Oklahoma and she gave solid answers during the Q&A (maybe not as passionately as Oklahoma did). I will not be surprised if the new Miss USA ends up no further than the top 15 (or even ending up a clapper) in the Miss Universe pageant.
Wow! she is no stranger to pageants…will make it to top 5…best of luck gurl!