I want to be upfront and honest. After spending time at Miss USA, I really saw some girls showed their true colors and were completely opposite of what other people see on TV. However, I was happy that a few girls didn’t go that far because they weren’t as genuinely nice as Miss Connecticut.
As I have been watching the controversy surrounding Miss Utah following the pageant, I didn’t fully understand her question or any other top 6’s questions, so I went home and watched the question segment with closed captions. I have nothing to say about Miss Utah, but only to wish her all the best. However, it wouldn’t hurt to ask Nene to repeat the question if it was not well understood. It’s not a shameful thing to do; it doesn’t make you look stupid to ask someone to repeat a question. As some of you don’t know, I am deaf. I always ask people to repeat their questions or comments so I can make sure that I am understanding them fully before giving my answer. I don’t want them to misjudge me because if my answer is something they did not expect or doesn’t fully respond to the question.
Another thing that really turned me off was that there were some people who retweeted and went overboard about everything after the pageant. It’s Erin Brady’s night. She won fair and square, and please do not take it from her by focusing on other things. This happened before — with Olivia with Sheena from Pennsylvania. This type of attitude will not get you anywhere or get the attention you want.
I also wished that they would have the top 20 and let the girls show their evening gowns, and then cut to 10 for swimming suits. Many girls worked so hard to get to Las Vegas and I believe that they deserved to shine on the stage. The big surprise for me was to see Massachusetts in the top 15. Many of us, including experts, didn’t see it. It would have been nice to see New Mexico and New Jersey up there.
In addition, I believe Georgia was supposed to be in the top 5. I was also surprised to see Kentucky and Florida not in the top 15. Kentucky is gorgeous, so I cannot help, but wonder why didn’t place in the top 15. Maybe because she’s only 19. But again, look at Amelia; Miss Dominican Republic became Miss Universe at age 19. So if the judges were concerned about her age, then it’s pretty much a lame thing to do.
I have to say, my predictions were pretty good this year. I got 14 out of 15. Quite frankly, this year was very tough and competitive.
I particularly loved Connecticut and Kentucky’s open number dresses. They popped out significantly and were very noticeable. My favorite part was Kristen, Miss Ohio; she changed her dress at the last minute and surprised us! I thought she would be placed in the top 5 because of that and she was also stunning.
I loved Alabama, Ohio, Louisiana, and Texas’ evening gowns. But I personally think a lot of girls need to work closely with fashion consultants and improve their wardrobe selections. I have seen some that shouldn’t be worn at the pageant and during the pageant media week. PageantRocks’ best wardrobe recognition for Miss USA 2013 went to Miss Mississippi USA 2013, Paromita Mitra. Her wardrobe blew my mind away. Girls, if you want to have the best wardrobe for Miss USA, get some advice from Paromita!
My prediction for the top 5 was: Ohio, Connecticut, South Carolina, Utah (by hearing people saying that she would win Miss USA), and Alabama. But they surprised us with the top 6th choice; I knew Texas rank well, so I predicted 4 out of 5 correctly.
I also thought it was cute to have Miss Instagram USA 2013. So, I announced the top 5 on my previous blog. The winner went to Miss New Mexico, 1st runner up: Florida, 2nd runner up: California, 3rd runner up: New Jersey, and 4th runner up: Texas. I selected them based on their posts on Instagram and whoever had the most and interesting pictures posted were selected for this recognition.
At the pageant, I had the pleasure of meeting Georgia, New York, Mississippi, Oregon, Vermont, Alabama, and New Mexico USA. I also ran into Texas, West Virginia and Connecticut Teen USA. I was also honored to meet Miss Mississippi USA 2012, who I adore very much and she was one of the most beautiful pageant girls I ever met! I also had a chance to meet Miss Colorado and Wyoming USA 2012. I finally met one of my idols, Miss Georgia USA 2011, but missed Lissette, Miss Florida USA 2011, and Allyn Rose, Miss Maryland USA 2011. All Miss USA girls I met were sweethearts. I was, however, sad that I didn’t get to meet Florida, Kentucky, Texas, California, Louisiana, Ohio, and Maryland.
All in all, I had a remarkable time at the pageant! I also saw my second family and pageant sisters, and made new amazing friends. I look forward to continuing our new friendship for years to come!
In closing, I am so happy that Erin Brady won Miss USA 2013. I have spoken to some girls after the show about her; they all said she deserved the crown because she was genuinely nice and she, in fact, won Miss Congeniality at her state pageant. I’m looking forward to seeing her compete at Miss Universe, and I know she will do very well in Russia.