Loren McDaniel was Miss Arkansas 2015 and placed in the top 15 at Miss America 2016.
After her year as Miss Arkansas, she moved to New York City to pursue a career on Broadway. She is also enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Non-Profit Management Track online program at Arkansas State University. After she graduates in 2019, she hopes to start a non-profit youth theater organization back home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Arkansas.