Postponed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Miss USA pageant finally took place yesterday at Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. The Miss USA 2020 honorary title was awarded to 22-year-old Miss Mississippi Asya Branch. The crown was presented to her by her predecessor Chelsea Christ, the winner of the title “Miss USA – 2019”.
Second place went to Miss Idaho Kim Lane and third to Miss Oklahoma Mariah Jane Davis.
In total, 51 girls from all over the country competed for the title, but the judges chose Asya, noting her ambition, self-control, and victorious attitude. Branch amazed viewers with her answer to the question of what needs to be done to unite a divided nation.
“I think this is a matter of trust. We have lost confidence in the systems that keep our country running, from the media to business and our government. To restore that trust, you need to come together and work together to heal and trust this system. If we want to continue to be the greatest nation, we will have to set a better example, ”she said.
She also advocated reform of the firearms law and called on lawmakers to require potential gun owners to “take training and safety courses.”
“I think it is important that we do not prohibit weapons because it is obvious that people will still find a way to get what they want, but I think that this is our right of the second amendment, – said Asya.
Asya Branch became the first African American to be awarded the Miss Mississippi title, and the first African American to represent the state in an annual pageant. Now, after receiving the Miss USA title, Branch will move to New York, where she will represent various charities.
Asya Branch studied Radio Journalism at Mississippi State University, where she earned her BA. She plans to receive a doctorate in law.