Miss United States 2014 Recap

Where can you find 200 young women, who are beautiful, confident, professional, and passionate about improving their communities? In Washington DC, on July 4th weekend, at the Miss United States national pageant. All I can say is, WOW.

Each delegate represented their state, including territories Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, to compete in interview, swimwear, and evening gown. The top 16 finalists went on to compete in the finals, where they re-competed in swimwear. The top 10 would re-compete in evening gown, and the top 5 would face the terrifying on-stage question.

Here are the top 16 delegates from Miss United States 2014, in their swimwear by Vizcaya Swimwear, the official swimwear sponsor of the Miss United States Organization.

 

1. Florida, Tia McDonald

 

Miss Florida United States tia mcdonald vizcaya swimwear

2. Hawaii, Lauren Hickey

 

Miss HAwaii United States lauren hickey vizcaya swimwear

 

3. Kentucky, Katy Moody

 

 

Miss Kentucky United State

 

4. New Jersey, Jennifer De Cillis

Miss New Jersey United States

 

5. Massachusetts, Renata De Carvalho

Miss Massachusetts United States

6. Pennsylvania, Khari Siegfried

 

Miss Pennsylvania United States

 

7. Iowa, Jessica Versteeg

 

 

Miss Iowa United Stated

 

8. Texas, Rachel White

Miss Texas United Stated

 

9. Delaware, Vincenza Russo

 

Miss Delaware United Stated

 

10, North Carolina, Elizabeth Safrit

Miss North Carolina United States

11. South Carolina, Mae-Ann Webb

Miss South Carolina United States

12. Wyoming, Natasha Dirck

Miss Georgia United states

 

13, Vermont, Raven Reed

Miss Vermont United states raven reed vizcaya swimwear

14. Tennessee, Jordan Davis

Miss Tennesee United states

 

15. Ohio, Chelsea Folden

Miss Ohio United States

16. Alabama, Jessica Escamilla

 

Miss Alabama United States

After swimwear, the top ten finalists were called to the stage:

1. Iowa, Jessica Versteeg

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

2. Florida, Tia McDonald

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

3. Alabama, Jessica Escamilla

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

4. Pennsylvania, Khari Siegfried

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

5. South Carolina, Mae-Ann Webb

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

6. North Carolina, Elizabeth Safrit

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

7. Kentucky, Katy Moody

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

8. Delaware, Vincenza Russo

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

9. Massachusetts, Renata De Carvalho

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

10. New Jersey, Jennifer De Cillis

Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP
Photo by: Paul Anthony Belletiere, MAVPP

 

The top 5 finalists had to answer the on stage question:

“With the state of the current economy, how do you justify competing in pageants?”

Personally, I think that Miss Delaware, Vincenza Russo nailed it when she said she relied on fundraising, and sacrificed a lot to be where she is competing in Miss United States. As a pageant girl, I can tell you that pageants are a HUGE financial and time commitment! You have to sacrifice a lot to successfully compete in a pageant!

 

When the time came to announce the winners, Steven Roddy of Pageant Planet and Stephanie McGrane of Pageant Live, the hosts, announced the following finalists:

Fourth runner up: Pennsylvania

Third runner up: Kentucky

Second runner up: Delaware

 

At this moment, the National Director, Christopher W. Wilmer, stepped on to the stage. He asked Miss United States 2013, Candiace Dillard to join him. He gave Candiace an envelope and asked her to read the note inside.

With that, Candiace announced a surprise guest, the director of the Miss World Organization.

Miss_World

 

The director of the Miss World Organization publicly asked Christopher Wilmer, the National Director of Miss United States, if he would accept his offer to send the Miss United States titleholder to Miss World starting this year.

Mr. Wilmer responded, “I humbly accept your offer,” followed by a roar of applause.

Then, the director of the Miss World Organization introduced another surprise guest…

 

MISS WORLD 2013, MEGAN YOUNG.

Miss World Miss United State

Keep in in mind that during this moment, the two remaining finalists were still waiting to see who won the title of Miss United States 2014! What an amazing way to announce the Miss United States Organization’s new partnership with the Miss World Organization!

top two

Finally, after MUCH anticipation, Steven Roddy announced that MISS NORTH CAROLINA, Elizabeth Safrit, is the Miss United States 2014.

 

Miss United States-2014
The top five finalists with Miss World 2013, Megan Young

 

Miss World Miss United States

Miss Teen United States Erika Cline
Miss Teen United States 2014, Erika Cline Photo: Southern Exposure Photogrpahy
Ms. United states Crystal Rush
Ms. United States 2014, Crystal Rush. Photo: Southern Exposure Photography
Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit
Miss United States 2014, Elizabeth Safrit

Are you interested in the Miss United States Organization? Visit http://www.missunitedstates.com to learn more!

 

 

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Lisa Opie

Lisa Opie is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and is the founder of Lady Code. Lisa loves to write about fashion, beauty, and travel. Although her main focus is Lady Code, she is also the creator and designer of Vizcaya Swimwear. Keep up with Lisa on Instagram: @Lisa_Opie

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