Elle Smith is the new Miss USA 2021 from Kentucky

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Miss Kentucky, Ellen Elizabeth "Elle" Smith from Germantown was crowned as the new Miss USA 2021 held last November 29 at the Paradise Cove Theater, River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss USA 2020, Asya Branch.

Elle was born in Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Shawnee High School in 2016, where she was an honors student involved in choir, orchestra, volleyball, and drama. Afterwards, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky to enroll in the University of Kentucky, graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science in 2020. After completing her degree, this achiever became an on-air reporter with WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, covering Southern Indiana within the Louisville metropolitan area.

Soon after her crowning, Smith will fly to Eilat, Israel to represent the United States in the Miss Universe 2021 finals on December 12.

Miss North Dakota - Caitlyn Vogel, Miss Florida – Ashley Carino and Miss Illinois – Sydni Bennett were the 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners-up respectively.

Completing the top 8 finalists were:
  • Maryland – Layilah Nasser
  • North Carolina – Madison Bryant
  • South Carolina – Marley Stokes
  • Texas – Victoria Hinojosa

    Rest of the top 16 semi-finalists:
  • Kansas – Gracie Hunt
  • Louisiana – Tanya Crowe
  • Mississippi – Bailey Anderson
  • Nebraska – Erika Etzelmiller
  • South Dakota – Caroline Pettey
  • Tennessee – Elizabeth Pistole
  • Utah – JessiKate Riley
  • Virginia – Christina Thompson

    The winner of the Best State Costume was Elizabeth Pistole from Tennessee. Followed by Utah's JessiKate Riley in 2nd place and Albreuna Gonzaque from Oklahoma in 3rd place.
  • "To God be the Glory".