Miss Mississippi , Asya Branch named winner Miss USA 2020 at a ceremony which took place at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday evening.
The 22-year-old was the first Black Miss Mississippi, she is also the first Mississippian to win the Miss USA title. In her final statement in the contest, Branch addressed gun laws.
Fifty-one women from across united states competed for the honor, but the judges ultimately singled out Asya for her ambition, poise and winning attitude
She was crowned by her predecessor Miss USA 2019 Chelsie Kryst at the event in which Miss Idaho USA Kim Layne was the first runner-up, while Miss Oklahoma USA Mariah Jane Davis was the second runner-up.
Branch displayed pure shock as her name was called out and she was promptly crowned. In a video shared on Twitter after she was crowned, Branch was asked “Who are you?” “Miss USA!” she proudly yelled.
This year’s winner was chosen by a selection committee that included Fox Nation host Abby Hornacek, entrepreneur Gloria Mayfield Banks, sports reporter and Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler, businesswoman Susan Yara, Miss USA 2000 Lynnette Cole and It’s a 10 Haircare CEO Carolyn Aronson.