Meet Miss USA, Olivia Jordan

13 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan is crowned new Miss USA.

BATON ROUGE, LA – JULY 12: Miss USA Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma is crowned on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA) BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, wearing a hot pink strapless dress as she deftly fielded the interview portion of the competition by saying the country needed to improve race relations to beat out 50 other contestants.With flashes of flesh and impressive resumes, Miss USA was crowned Sunday, after the pageant was shunned by major networks following controversial comments on Mexican immigrants by presidential candidate Donald Trump.

After weeks of controversy generated by pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s critical comments about Mexican immigrants, the pageant passed with no mention of the real estate mogul who was not in attendance. Miss Oklahoma, Olivia Jordan, took top honors at the contest, which is co-owned by Trump and came under fire after his controversial claim that Mexico was sending criminals to the United States. The billionaire business magnate sparked a firestorm over his comments, saying Mexico was “sending people that have lots of problems… They’re bringing drugs. Jordan, who takes over from 2014 winner Nia Sanchez of Nevada, was a standout during the interview segment when each contestant was asked two questions and given 30 seconds to answer each.

They’re rapists.” Costa Rica pulled out of the Miss Universe competition following the remarks, and said they would not be sending their contestant to the international pageant. During the second interview question about which woman should be put on the new $10 bill, she initially said she wished television star Oprah Winfrey was eligible before ending by suggesting Harriet Tubman, a former slave who led other escaped slaves to freedom. Asked afterward by The Associated Press about the Trump controversy, Jordan responded: “We have freedom of speech in this country, and immigration is certainly an important issue.” She added, “This organization is not one person. Where others flubbed or appeared unsure of what to say, Jordan appeared confident and polished when asked what the next big issue is that the U.S. needs to tackle; she answered race relations.

This organization celebrates diversity, and I think that was clear on the stage tonight, and I look forward to spreading a message of love and diversity and acceptance.” The annual contest, generally known for its dazzling dresses and sexy swimsuits, was this year under an uncomfortable spotlight due to comments made by Trump, the pageant’s co-owner. The preliminary contest was held earlier this week and then the number of women remaining was progressively narrowed during the course of Sunday evening’s telecast.

Jordan, of Tulsa, Oklahoma attended Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Health Science and was a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer.

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