Also, for the first time this year you can help select a semi-finalist by voting. Visit the Miss Universe/USA website to Vote for your favorites and for the full Miss USA experience, where you can see interviews with contestants, bios, photos and so much more. I think Donald Trump and his organization does a fabulous job with this website. It is top notch for pageant fans. Enjoy & May the best woman win - goodness knows there are plenty to choose from.
Here is my Top 15, ranked in order of my most favorite (the one who impressed me the most) and on down. Any of them would be a great representative at Miss Universe. I fell in love with my first five almost immediately - they popped right out from the computer screen. For the remaining ten, I had to do a bit of viewing...lol. This was fun - I can't wait to see how many of my top 15 actually move forward, and if one becomes the night's eventual winner. Do this exercise too, it will make your pageant experience all the more intriguing.
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih passes on the crown at the Miss USA 2011 Pageant - Live from Las Vegas on NBC @ 9pm/ET with your hosts Giuliana Rancic and Andy Cohen.
NOTE: ALL PHOTOS by the wonderful, world renowned photographer Fadil Berisha, who has transformed the image of the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageantry systems image since he took over as their official photographer in 2002. The photos I post here are from his glamshots of the contestants; all credit to the photographer's brilliance once again kicking it up a notch for us pageant fans and aficionados. See more of his amazing and iconic work at his website.
My Top 15 (Ranked)
1. Miss Florida - Lissette Garcia
2. Miss Idaho - Erza Haliti
3. Miss Colorado - Blair Adair Griffith
4. Miss California - Alyssa Campanella
5. Miss Tennessee - Ashley Elizabeth Durham
6. Miss Illinois - Angela Sparrow
7. Miss Texas - Ana Christina Rodriguez
8. Miss District of Columbia - Heather Danielle Swann
9. Miss Maine - Ashley-Lyn Marble
10. Miss Arizona - Brittany Dawn Brannon
11. Miss Louisiana - Page Pennock
12. Miss Delaware - Katie Hanson
13. Miss Kentucky - Kia Ben-et Hampton
14. Miss Hawaii - Angela Byrd
15. Miss North Carolina - Brittany Leigh York