Malia Cruz won Miss Congeniality.
Erin Snow won Miss Photogenic.
Miss USA 2016 Results
Miss USA 2016 aired on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 on Fox. The pageant took place in Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena and was hosted by Julianne Hough and Terrence Jenkins.
Chris Young and the Backstreet Boys (yeah, they are back alright) provided the live performance and the judges panel for the telecast include Ali Landry, Laura Brown, Joe Zee and Crystle Stewart, who also judged the previous year at Miss USA 2015. Not sure if this is the first time the organization ever selected the same judge for consecutive years but it's certainly not the norm.
2016 made history as IMG bought ownership of Miss Universe from Donald Trump last year, following his controversial election comments and the modeling agency did a few changes to the organization. Most notably was their nationwide search for Miss 52 USA. This is a contestant who did not compete for a state title but did not win. These contestants were narrowed down and then one lucky woman was named Miss 52 USA.
Alexandra Miller, Miss 52 USA, was twice a first runner-up for Miss Oklahoma but was not able to win the crown. However, fans rallied around her in the Miss 52 voting and she won the opportunity to compete at the Miss 2016 pageant.
Every year the United Service Organization (USO) pairs with the Miss USA Organization and dress designers to give thousands of gowns and cocktail dresses to military teens, spouses and female service members. Before the ladies find their dream dresses, Miss USA titleholders put on a fashion show to showcase the gowns and 2016 was no different.
Top 5 On-Stage Questions & Answers from Miss USA 2016
5. Miss California USA 2016
Question: "One of the biggest challenges facing the United States is social and economic inequality. How do we narrow the gap between the rich and the poor?"
Answer: "When it comes to social and economic equality, I think the poor and the rich need to stop being so segregated. I think there is a middle class. I think the rich need to — I think that the rich need to be able to be giving and I think the poor need to work hard, and I think the middle class need to come together and find an in between. Thank you."
4. Miss Alabama USA 2016
Question: "Legendary boxer Muhammed Ali passed away Friday night at the age of 74. What should be remembered most about his legacy?"
Answer: "I think Muhammed Ali was obviously amazing at what he did. I just think we should remember to, to go for success and to do what you can to be on top. I think he lived by that and he was so successful in his sport and yeah, never give up. Reach your dreams."
3. Miss Georgia USA 2016
Question: "Over the last four years, 17 states have passed stringent voting laws. Many civil rights leaders believe we are making it too difficult for people to vote. What do you think?"
Answer: "I think it goes back to education. I think we need to start with the youth and we need to teach them how important voting is. I think that if we teach the how important it is and put that in our school systems, it will be a lot easier for people to understand how difficult voting can be and then we can educate everybody on that. Thank you."
2. Miss Hawaii USA 2016
Question: "With Hillary Clinton expected to surpass the delegate count needed to win the Democratic nomination, my question to you is if the election were held tomorrow, would you vote Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president, and why would you choose one over the other?"
Answer: "I would get that, right? All I have to say — it doesn't matter what gender. What we need in the United States is someone who represents those of us who don't have a voice, those of us who want our voices heard. We need a president to push for what is right and push for what America really needs. Thank you."
1. Miss USA 2016
Question: "The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women. Now some have questioned where this has put political correctness over our military's ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?"
Answer: "As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated, and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army."