Olivia Jordan was Miss World United States 2013. She was a semi-finalist in the Miss World 2013 pageant.
In 2015, she won Miss Oklahoma USA 2015 and the opportunity to advance to Miss USA 2015. She served the pageant community as Miss USA 2015 and the first woman from Oklahoma to be crowned Miss USA. .
Jordan was the 2nd runner-up to Miss Universe 2015.
Olivia Jordan graduated from Boston University as a Health Science major. Physical fitness is her passion and she was a fitness instructor for many group fitness classes during her time as an undergraduate. In fact, she started a self-defense class that became a tradition for her beloved sorority Alpha Phi. Olivia then moved to California to pursue a career in modeling. You may have seen her in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 or walking as a Sheri Hill model during New York Fashion Week.
We will see many former Miss Universe Organization titleholders grace the pages of Sports Illustrated. From Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan to Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, the Miss Universe Organization titleholders really took the magazine by a storm this year. Jordan recently dished about what the opportunity means to her in an interview.
In an interview with Fox News, Jordan revealed that pageantry was never her main goal but rather a means to an end. Jordan grew up watching pageants and loved seeing them, but they weren't fit for her long-term goals. She even calls pageantry a "back up career" in her mind. She talked about her desire to get into modeling and acting being a driving force for her pageant career. In fact, the reason she turned to pageantry at all was out of frustration from not getting the kind of auditions she wanted to go on.
Jordan recounts stories of her younger years in modeling and the stress it put on her:
"When I started modeling, I was 14 and there was a lot of pressure," she said in the interview. "When you’re young, people see the potential of your career. There was a lot of pressure to be able to fulfill that. Very early on, I was told I could make it, but I would have to lose inches off my hips. But realistically, this is how my body’s shaped. So it was really unrealistic for me to lose weight. And then I had to learn that lesson the hard way. I did really get into unhealthy patterns. I had to take a step back from modeling."
While she returned to modeling at age 21, there was still a lot of "crazy feedback" on her chances at launching a professional modeling career. She was told that she was too old, would need a bunch of surgeries, that her hips were too big and more.
This feedback from casting directors in the modeling industry is part of what attracted Jordan to Sports Illustrated in the first place. She knew that what was being asked of her in the modeling industry was not healthy, but Sports Illustrated represented a more realistic and attainable version of beauty.
"I think that’s why I always connected with SI…," Jordan said during her interview. "Even when I was being told at 14 to lose weight and my agent would show me these Vogue cover models, I would literally bring in issues of SI and go, 'I think these are more realistic standards'… To me, it’s always been a celebration of natural, real bodies. And they’re getting better at that in being more inclusive. I’m so excited about it because it’s good for all of us… You don’t have to fight to be one version of beautiful."
In May 2019, Miss USA 2015 and Miss Universe second runner-up Olivia Jordan released an Instagram statement sharing that she was molested and raped in her younger years.
“I was molested as a child and raped as a teenager,” Jordan wrote on Instagram. She went on to share her views on abortion, especially in the instance of rape.
“Decisions were made for my body without my consent. My body and mind have been traumatized in ways I am still recovering from many years later. Maybe it sounds unjust to compare criminalizing abortion to being raped; but to me, it feels the same,” Jordan said.
She is an advocate for the Alzheimer's Association; she hosted the Alzheimer's Association Memory Gala. She has also supported Children of the Night, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting children out of prostitution in the U.S.
What is the Occupation of Olivia Jordan
As a model, she’s been featured in national campaigns for retailers like Target, David’s Bridal, and in magazines like Cosmopolitan, Shape and Maxim.
Which School Did Olivia Jordan Attend?
Why start competing in pageants
The reason she turned to pageantry was out of frustration of not getting the kind of modeling auditions she was seeking.
FUN FACTS about Olivia Jordan
Worked as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer; heavily involved in the arts growing up and played a bridesmaid in the movie Hot Tub Time Machine.