Miss Lake Charles USA Maaliyah Papillion won the crown of Miss Louisiana USA 2016. Maaliyah will now represent Louisiana at the Miss USA 2016 pageant which will be held next year. The event was hosted at Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette.Miss Calcasieu Bethany Trahan was crowned as first runner-up where as Miss Central Parishes Lauren Vizza bagged second runner-up crown. Maaliyah was crowned by the outgoing queen Miss Louisiana USA 2015-Candice Bennatt. Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik who hails from Louisiana took her final walk as Miss Teen Louisiana 2015. She crowned Miss Teen Mandeville USA Ellie Picone as the new Miss Teen Louisiana USA 2016. Ellie will represent Louisiana at Miss Teen USA 2016 pageant next year.
Baton Rouge,Louisiana has hosted last two editions of Miss USA pageant. Louisianaa has produced three Miss USA winners Eurlyne Howell in 1958 became the first Miss USA from Louisiana,she won the third runner-up crown at Miss Universe pageant that year.Sharon Brown in 1961 was crowned as Miss USA she was fourth runner-up at Miss Universe 1961 , Ali Landry is the last Miss Louisiana to win Miss USA crown she was crowned in 1996 she was Top 6 at Miss Universe 1996 edition. Jeanne Thompson Miss Louisiana USA (1952)to bag the first runner-up crown at Miss USA pageant. Lousiana has multiple runner-up and Semi finalist spots in the history of the Miss USA Pageant.
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21-year-old Maaliyah Papillion hails from Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is daughter of Shaman Shawn Papillion. Maaliyah has been trying pageant since 2011 she was fourth runner-up at Miss Teen Louisiana USA 2011, second runner-up at Miss Teen Louisiana USA 2012 and 2013 edition. She was in top 10 of Miss Louisiana USA 2015.
Miss Louisiana USA 2016: Maaliyah Papillion- Lake Charles
First Runner Up: Bethany Trahan – Calcasieu
Second Runner Up: Lauren Vizza – Central Parishes
Third Runner Up: Scarlett Blades – Slidell
Fourth Runner Up: Christina Famularo – New Orleans
Helena Cefalu – River Ranch
Kimberly Newville -Acadiana
Krista Toussant – UL
Devin Boyd – Baton Rouge
Rachel North – Lafayette
Miss Congeniality – Christina Famularo – New Orleans
Miss Photogenic – Maaliyah Papillion – Lake Charles
Best in Swimsuit – Devin Boyd- Baton Rouge
Best in Evening Gown – Rachel North – Lafayette
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