Miss USA 2020 Crowned: See Miss Mississippi's Winning Moment
Miss Mississippi USA, Asya Branch, has been crowned Miss USA 2020. The 22-year-old was named winner at a ceremony taking place at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday evening.
Branch hails from Booneville and is the first African American to represent the state in the annual competition. The achievement also marked the first time a Mississippi contestant has won the title.
In her final statement in the contest, Branch addressed gun laws.
“As someone who grew up in a home with guns, I learned at an early age how to load, how to fire and gun safety,” she said. “And, I think that education should be available to everyone. I believe that we should require people to pass training and safety courses before they’re allowed to purchase a gun and before receiving a permit.”
“I think it’s important that we not ban guns because obviously people will find a way to get what they want anyways,” she continued. “But I think it’s our Second Amendment right and we just need more safety surrounding that.”
Final statement: Mississippi #MissUSA is LIVE from @visitgraceland only on @fyi. pic.twitter.com/kbFDp3qmLA
Branch displayed pure shock as her name was called out and she was promptly crowned.
In a video posted on Twitter after she was crowned, Branch was asked “Who are you?” “Miss USA!” she proudly yelled.
#MissUSA 2020 is….Mississippi!!! pic.twitter.com/zyH7yoTSgZ
“Who are you!?” #missusapic.twitter.com/DoxnKCWYIQ
Fans celebrated Branch’s historic win on social media.
Asya Branch was the first black women to win Miss Mississippi USA.. now she’s the first representative from here to win Miss USA. oh that’s on period. 💅🏽 pic.twitter.com/RR0uCmmirn
Congratulations to Miss Mississippi, Asya Branch on becoming #MissUSA! pic.twitter.com/dVVqPdAocO
The new #MissUSA hails from Mississippi, and she’s a living doll. Literally— she looks like the barbies I played with in the 90’s! And she’s brilliant too! pic.twitter.com/nuRgrhsO6k
Miss USA 2020 was initially scheduled for spring, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Miss Idaho USA, Kim Layne, was named first runner-up, while Miss Oklahoma USA, Mariah Jane Davis, became second runner-up.
See more on the contest below.
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