Miss Grand USA
|Formation||May 28, 2016|
|Miss Grand International|
|Israel Silva, CEO and Hernan Rivera, President|
|H&I Grand Productions LLC (2018-Present)|
Miss Grand USA, also referred to as Miss Grand United States or Miss Grand United States of America or Miss Grand America, is an annual female beauty pageant in the United States, founded by a Dominican-American businessperson Chantel Martínez in 2016, aiming to select the country representative for Miss Grand International, which is an annual international beauty pageant promoting World Peace and against all kinds of conflicts.
The Miss Grand USA organization has been franchising the state competitions to individual organizers since 2016, in which some cases are responsible for more than one state. Each U.S. state must choose a candidate who competes at the national Miss Grand USA pageant, however, delegates may be appointed state or regional titles if a state pageant is not offered in their area.
The United States holds a record of 4 placements at Miss Grand International, the highest position was the first place, won in 2020 by Abena Appiah of New York, followed by the fourth runner-up by Michelle León in 2016. The current Miss Grand USA is Emily DeMure of Colorado, who was expected to represent the United States at Miss Grand International 2022 in Indonesia.
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The United States has been participating at Miss Grand International since its inception in 2013.
After Chantel Martínez a New York-based Dominican-American fashion model acquired the franchise in 2016, she eventually run the first contest of Miss Grand USA to determine a winner for the international stage. The event was held at Leonard Nimoy Thalia of Symphony Space in New York City, featuring 13 national finalists, of which Michelle León from the host state was announced the winner. León also obtained the fourth runner-up title after participating in the 2016 Miss Grand International contest in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later in 2018, Martínez scheduled to organize the 2018 contest on May 28 in New York, but lost the franchise to Israel Silva and Hernan Rivera of H&I Grand Productions LLC, the Chicago-based event organizer that currently owns and runs the Miss Grand USA beauty contest since 2019.
Since its establishment, the pageant, originally programmed to be held on 31 August, was canceled once in 2020 due to the significantly increased of COVID-19 infection cases in the country, the organizer then decided to appoint a Ghanaian American model Abena Appiah to instead compete at the international stage in Thailand, where she won the contest, making her the first American representative to hold such a title and the first black contender to do so.
Location and date
The following list is the edition detail of the Miss Grand USA contest, since its inception in 2016.
|Year||Edition||Date||Final venue||Host State||Entrants||Ref.|
|2016||1st||May 28||Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, New York City||New York||13|||
|2019||3rd||August 11||Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Lake County||Illinois||35|||
|2021||4th||June 20||Joe's Live Rosemont, Rosemont||18|||
|2022||5th||June 23||Copernicus Center, Chicago||12|||
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|Year||Miss Grand USA||Runners-up||Ref.|
|1st runner-up||2nd runner-up||3rd runner-up||4th runner-up|
|2013||Colorado – Blair Griffith[α]||No runners-up, the titleholders were appointed to the position.|||
|2014||South Carolina – Sara Platt|||
|2015||Virginia – Laurie Petersen|||
|2016||New York – Michelle León||Illinois – Heather Jorgensen||Mississippi – Melissa Martinez||New Jersey – Karina Lopez||Pennsylvania – Jodelis Diaz|||
|2017||California – Taylor Kessler[β]||Louisiana – Brianna Key||Georgia – Alexi Gropper||Maryland – Courtney Williams||Rhode Island – Leidy Guzman|||
|2018||Illinois – Paola Cossyleon||No runners-up, the titleholder was appointed to the position.|||
|2019||Nevada – Emily Irene Delgado[γ]||Michigan – Alexandria Kelly||Florida – Que Demery||Georgia – Shiobhan Fraser||Washington – Stormy Keffeler|||
|2020||New York – Abena Appiah[δ]||No runners-up, the pageant was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.|||
|2021||North Carolina – Madison Callaghan||Tennessee – Taylor Gipson||Atlantic – Gennesis Padron||Texas – Sydney Salinas||Illinois – Emily Rae Argo|||
|2022||Colorado – Emily DeMure||Ohio – Mercia Stephens||Kansas – Brooke Butler||No 3rd & 4th runners-up|||
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Miss Grand USA 2020
Miss Grand USA 2013
- States by number of wins
|Number of wins||State||Years|
|New York||2016, 2020|
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The following list is the national finalists of the Miss Grand USA pageant, as well as the competition results.
- Color keys
- W Declared as the winner
- Ended as a runner-up
- Ended as a semifinalist
- Ended as a Quaterfinalist
- Ṉ Withdrew
- – Did not participate
|Arizona||—||—||Myriam Rochin||Annaka Jordan||—||Sierra Rothacker|
|California||Jen Sidorova||Taylor Kessler (W)||Ereka Lambe||Nyakoach Lam||Bibyana Marquez||—|
|Colorado||Kelly Cardona||—||Ashley Marian Avila||Lizeth Morales Tena||Emily Demure (W)||—|
|Connecticut||Naomi Arias||Amber Walker||Kathyria Burgos||—||—||—|
|Delaware||—||—||Eddia Jane Watts||—||—||—|
|District of Columbia||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Florida||Stephanie Camacho||Tyeshaa Hudson||Que Demery||Bella Logins||Florence Garcia||—|
|Georgia||—||Alexi Gropper||Shiobhan Fraser Smith||Nicole Monserrat||—||Kennedy Thomas|
|Hawaii||—||—||Stephanie Wang||—||—||Jena Masero|
|Illinois||Heather Jorgensen||Leah Weatherford||Karah West||Emily Rae Argo||—||—|
|Kansas||—||—||Beth Wiese||Ileana Flores||Brooke Butler||—|
|Louisiana||—||Brianna Key||Mayura Kulkarni||—||Darcy Nguyen||—|
|Maryland||Karol Melendez||Courtney Williams||—||Brianna Rea Lopez||—||Amanda Bertholf|
|Massachusetts||Caroline Placzek||Ana Solano||Paradise Rodriguez||—||—||—|
|Michigan||—||—||Alexandria Kelly||Malia Lopez||—||—|
|Minnesota||—||—||Katerina Katakalides||Việt Mĩ Nguyễn||Annais Loks||—|
|Mississippi||Melissa Martinez||Melissa Martinez||Latora Melly Bemley||—||Jessica Fields||—|
|Missouri||—||—||—||Tyler Liane Prugh||—||—|
|Nebraska||—||—||Brenda Melissa Ramos||—||—||—|
|Nevada||Chelynel Sanchez||Ellen Kincaid||Emily Delgado (W)||Miranda Contreras||—||—|
|New Jersey||Karina Lopez||—||Mayelin De La Cruz||—||—||Delaney Musgrave|
|New Mexico||—||—||Gabriela Gomez Raiciof||—||—||Jacqueline Mata|
|New York||Michelle Leon (W)||Chanise Thomas||Heather Thompson||Ashley Sánchez||Maxine Cesar||—|
|North Carolina||—||—||Miriam Marie||Madison Callaghan (W)||—||London Tucker|
|Ohio||—||Summer Sadiyeh||Natalia Chelsy Cordero||Moazmah Gill||Mercia Stephens||Teyana Adams|
|Oklahoma||—||—||Stephanie Ariza Ramírez||—||—||—|
|Oregon||—||—||Melony Escobar||Jasmin Arevalo-Larios||—||—|
|Pennsylvania||Jodelis Diaz||—||Smaroling Esther||Madison Rivera||Jennifer Santiago||—|
|Rhode Island||—||Leidy Guzman||—||Alexa Cardona||—||—|
|South Carolina||—||Verhonda Crawford||Angelia Williams||—||—||—|
|Tennessee||—||Autumn Endsley||Byrgundy Mallory||Taylor Gipson||—||—|
|Texas||Alaina Pereyna||Courtney Newman||Anastasia Semenova||Sydney Salinas||Juanita Maldonado||Francie Millan|
|Virginia||—||—||Naomi Rahn||Trerese Roberts||—||—|
|Washington||—||—||Stormy Keffeler||Vanessa Guerrero||—||—|
|Candidates with no affiliated state|
|Mid-Atlantic||—||—||—||Gennesis Padron||—||Leslie Ann Padilla|
|New England||—||—||—||—||—||Alanna Hepbun|
|Washington, D.C.||—||—||Luciana Davalos Brown||Faatima Brown||—||—|
|West Coast||—||—||—||—||—||Amulya Chava|
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Source: "Miss Grand USA", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 18th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Grand_USA.
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