Miss USA pageant airs on Reelz, live streams on YouTube

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Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan is crowned new Miss USA.

Oklahoma’s Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, capping weeks of controversy in the run-up to the annual beauty pageant after its co-owner Donald Trump made incendiary remarks about Mexican immigrants after announcing his run for president.BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Miss USA Olivia Jordan spoke of the need to discuss race relations en route to her pageant victory and hailed the diversity of women taking part in the contest during a post-pageant question about Donald Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants. Several judges, guests and the event’s hosts all backed out after the real estate mogul described some migrants from Mexico to the United States as drug-runners and rapists while announcing in June he was seeking the Republican nomination, reported Reuters. Despite the controversy, no incidents or disruptions were apparent either in the audience or on stage during the live broadcast from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, carried on cable channel Reelz after NBC dropped the show over Trump’s remarks.

Jordan, 26, an actor and graduate of Boston University, won the 64th pageant after deftly answering a question about the nation’s next hot-button issue. Other finalists stumbled while answering similarly topical questions from the judges, who were all past pageant winners such as Miss Universe and Miss USA. “We still need to talk about race relations in the country, we have not solved this issue,” Jordan said. “We really need to work on being an accepting society.” Several of the top 15 finishers spoke of their Latin American heritage, including Rhode Island’s Anea Garcia, who was raised by her grandmother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. One segment focused specifically on contestants’ multi-cultural backgrounds, with the women speaking in taped segments about being bi-racial or coming from immigrant families. Among the few indirect or veiled references to Trump’s remarks, Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady said during a live interview that she was happy to be on hand cheering the contestants on, “especially given the chaos of the past two weeks.” Game show host Todd Newton and former Miss USA Alex Wehrley shared hosting duties after MSNBC newsman Thomas Roberts and Dancing With the Stars host Cheryl Burke dropped out. Hinting at the controversy, Newton referred at the show’s outset to “what has become the most anticipated and what will be the most exciting night in recent pageant history.”

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. 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. During the second interview question about which woman should be put on the new $10 bill, she initially suggested Oprah Winfrey before ending by naming 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.

Miss Hawaii Emma Wo competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. 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 gorgeous evening dresses, sexy swimsuits, and sky-high heels 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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