Miss USA 2021 First Top 10 Hot Picks

12 Nov 2021 | Angelique Reyes

The 70th edition of Miss USA pageant, i.e., Miss USA2021 is all set to be held on 29th November 2021 at the Paradise Cove Theater of River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma where Asya Danielle Branch of Mississippi will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.

Delegates from the 50 states and District of Columbia have been selected in state pageants which began in September 2020. While this year’s batch has raised the bar for the national pageant, a few divas have stood out as potential delegates.

So, without any further ado, here are our first Top 10 Hot Picks for Miss USA 2021 –

Victoria Hinojosa Miss Texas USA 2021

Victoria Hinojosa bested one hundred thirty one contestants to win the state crown for Texas. The stunning beauty hails from McAllen, Texas and currently lives in College Station, Texas. Victoria attended Texas A&M University in College Station where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications and journalism.

The 23-year-old stunning beauty helped Proyecto Desarrollo Humano provide students in Peñitas, Texas with school supplies in 2020 through Victorious Angels, a foundation that she founded. She is confident, gorgeous and inspiring, and can definitely be a strong contender to bring home the 10th Miss USA crown for Texas.



Kataluna Enriquez Miss Nevada USA 2021

One of the most talked delegates this year, Kataluna Enriquez, Miss Nevada USA 2021 is creating history and becoming the first openly transgender woman to compete in Miss USA. This Filipina-American beauty is a healthcare admin, a fashion designer and owner for “Katalunakouture”. At a young age, Kataluna fought multiple challenges in her life. Now she uses her life experiences and shares it in her platform #BEVISIBLE, a campaign to combat hate through vulnerability.

As a survivor of physical and sexual abuse and a proud Transwoman of color, she aims to break barriers and represent those who aren’t always represented and continues to support numerous non-profit organizations and LGBTQ+ youth. She is definitely an incredible woman and displays great potential to win the crown and we hope to see her get to be the first transwoman on the Miss USA stage this year.



Sydni Dion Bennett Miss Illinois USA 2021

Hailing from Algonquin, Sydni is 20-years-old and stands 170 cm tall. She attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts and is a ballet instructor at Perfection Dance Artistry and Company dance studio. She is also a member of the Life Changers International Church.

Sydni is not new to the world of beauty pageants as she was adjudged as the second runner-up in Miss Illinois Teen USA 2017. She was the first African-American girl to be crowned Miss Illinois Teen USA 2018 and represented Illinois at Miss Teen USA 2018 where she was adjudged as the third runner-up. She is experienced and takes pride in representing her country internationally in every way. She aspires to have a positive impact on the upcoming generation and uses her knowledge, platforms, and sources to make things happen.



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Ashley Cariño Miss Florida USA 2021

Ashley is 26-years-old. She is a psychosocial rehabilitator, model, and beauty queen who is of Puerto Rican descent. She studied aerospace engineering at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, and works as a psychosocial rehabilitator at Insight Behavioural Health Specialists in Kissimmee.

Ashley is a strong, confident, and beautiful woman with a positive mindset to win the crown and represent the USA at Miss Universe 2021. She believes that beauty pageants have opened various opportunities for women to work on themselves along with working for society, and she is honored to be a part of this journey.



Gracie Hunt Miss Kansas USA 2021

Gracie is 22-years-old and is a certified nutritionist and is completing her training certification. She works in marketing and development for the Chiefs, including launching Chiefs Fit two state-of-the-art fitness centers opening in Kansas City.Gracie is passionate about volunteering and was chosen to be a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.

The diva is the daughter of Tavia Shackles who was Miss Kansas USA 1993 and was adjudged as the second runner-up at Miss USA 1993. Gracie stated that pageantry challenges and grows everyone who is a part of that pageant. Gracie was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was young and that diagnosis has made her very health conscious. She becomes committed to health and fitness and will use the platform to spread awareness and educate people about how important it is to stay healthy and practice a healthy lifestyle is.



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Madison Bryant Miss North Carolina USA 2021

Another stellar delegate, 23-year-old Madison is an UNC Charlotte Graduate in Neuropsych and also a Ronald McDonald House Charities Advocate. She is currently an accelerated student at Chamberlain University where she is earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her goal is to be a Nurse Practitioner in a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

She has a passion for service and dedicates her free time to advocating for the families of sick children through the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationally. As Miss North Carolina USA, Madison travelled the nation speaking on behalf of healthcare worker burnout prevention, advocating for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, building a scholarship program for the Miss North Carolina USA pageant, and serving the state of North Carolina with every opportunity she gets.



Amanda Torchia Miss Connecticut USA 2021

Hailing from Middlebury, Amanda is 25-years-old and is of Afghan and Italian descent. She is the founder of the youth program called Educate to Create and is extremely passionate about the things she has taken up in her life. For Amanda, winning the title is a second thing, but being able to set specific goals and find the courage and power within yourself to accomplish those goals is what matters to her.

She ha salways encouraged young women and girls to go for it if they want to be a part of a beauty pageant. She believes that if you believe in yourself, you are capable of such amazing things. She sees pageantry as a way to find causes near and dear to hearts and use the titles to create positive change for these causes.



Albreuna Gonzaque Miss Oklahoma USA 2021

Alberuna is 27-years-old and graduated with a degree in Mass Communication and media studies from the University of Central Oklahoma and worked as a social media coordinator at Remington Park Racetrack Casino. Albreuna also owns' ‘Just Veg Kitchen’, which is based in Oklahoma City.

She uses her social media to make an impact on society by normalizing and encouraging young people to be comfortable in their bodies. In her journey towards the crown, the diva feels blessed and grateful for all the opportunities that came her way and helped her to be strong, confident, and positive about herself and the work she was doing. Albreuna is dedicated, determined, and is focused on her goals in life, and is confident that she will perform her best at Miss USA 2021.



Erika Etzelmiller Miss Nebraska USA 2021

Nebraska’s Erika is a 23 years-old Dental student at UNMC College of Dentistry ’24. She is not new to the pageant world who also holds the title of Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2016. The young beauty seems to be an inspiring soul for other women in the town and is going to make a mark in Miss USA 2021 finale. She is quite hardworking and dedicated for attaining her goals and such a trait of hers can lead her onto the path of success.



Briana Siaca Miss New York USA 2021

The 27-year-old stunning beauty, attended Pace University in New York City, New York and in May 2016, she graduated cum laude from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Briana Siaca is the epitome of determination as this was her fifth stint at Miss New York USA competition. Before winning this title, Briana was Miss New York USA 2017 second runner-up, Miss New York USA 2018 second runner-up, Miss New York USA 2019 third runner-up and Miss New York USA 2020 second runner-up. Being her fifth time, the diva definitely back in full swing and stronger than ever for the national crown.



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