Noelia Voigt, a 23-year-old native of Utah, emerged victorious in the highly anticipated 2023 Miss USA pageant held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The event, which aired live on the CW Network, showcased Voigt’s exceptional poise and charm as she outshone 50 other state titleholders. Among the distinguished finalists, Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii secured the first-runner-up position.
The competition kicked off with 20 finalists, whittled down from the initial pool, who showcased their grace in swimwear and evening gown rounds. Ultimately, only five contenders remained, including Voigt, Gankiewicz, Jasmine Daniels of Pennsylvania, Lluvia Alzate of Texas, and Alexis Loomans of Wisconsin. When posed with the crucial question of what she would bring to the Miss Universe Organization as a “brand ambassador,” Voigt, a bilingual Venezuelan-American, pledged to forge meaningful connections with diverse communities across the United States.
A panel of distinguished judges, featuring notable figures such as Vivica A. Fox, former “Real Housewife” Luann de Lesseps, and renowned beauty vlogger Patrick Starrr, played a pivotal role in determining the winner. Laylah Rose, President and CEO of the Miss USA Organization, emphasized the event’s commitment to a modern and progressive approach to a 70-year-old tradition. This year’s competition marked a significant milestone with the inclusion of the first married state titleholder, Juliana Morehouse-Locklear of Maine, though she did not advance to the top 20.
Voigt now assumes the esteemed title, succeeding the reigning 2022 Miss USA, Morgan Romano of North Carolina. Romano herself inherited the crown from R’Bonney Gabriel, hailing from Texas, who was honored as the 2022 Miss Universe in a ceremony held in January. The 2023 Miss USA pageant not only celebrated Noelia Voigt’s remarkable achievement but also underscored the evolving nature of this time-honored tradition.
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