Sad News | R.I.P Miss Universe 1995 “Chelsi Smith”

Former Miss USA and Miss Universe 1995  Chelsi Smith has died after a battle with liver cancer aged 45.

She died on Saturday, having been diagnosed with liver cancer in spring 2017, a family spokesman said.  

She started her beauty queen career in 1994 with the Miss Galveston County crown and went on to earn the Miss Texas USA and Miss USA crown the following year.

In a statement, her family said Chelsi is the only biracial woman to ever win all three crowns. 


Chelsi Smith (left) is crowned Miss Universe by her predecessor Sushmita Sen in 1995
Chelsi Smith (left) is crowned Miss Universe by her predecessor Sushmita Sen in 1995

Her family said a public memorial service is planned for October in Houston.

Actress and reality star Shanna Moakler, 43, who was her runner up in the Miss USA Pageant, remembered her friend in a touching tribute she shared on Instagramalong with a collage of snaps.

‘Her light was so big and so bright, she changed my life,’ Shanna wrote. ‘If it wasn’t for her, her beauty and her energy, her incredible destiny, I wouldn’t even be where I am today.

‘Even when she was sick she was positive and radiant and never stopped laughing.

‘I am heartbroken. Godspeed beautiful…I love and will miss you more then you will ever know. The epitome of a Queen.’

Beautiful brunette: Chelsi was seen at the Fashion Rocks The Universe! show at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on  April 10, 2008 in Las Vegas

Poignant message: Actress and reality star Shanna Moakler, 43,  her runner up in the Miss USA Pageant, remembered her friend in a touching Instagram tribute along with a collage of snaps, saying 'Even when she was sick she was positive and radiant and never stopped laughing'

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Miss USA 2018… Sarah Rose Summers

Meet the newly crowned Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers.

When she was just 4-years-old, Sarah was hospitalized with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Thankfully, she had an acute diagnosis and was only in the hospital for a short time. This experience traumatized her and her parents and it eventually drove Sarah to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. She is passionate about child advocacy to help patients and their families who are scared and confused. Now, she serves as the liaison and advocate between children and families and the medical team in children’s hospital settings. She helps patients and their families understand procedures, diagnoses, and more. 

Sarah graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University in four years with two degrees: Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication with a business minor and a Bachelor of Science in Child Development. 

While in college, Sarah took a leap of faith and studied abroad in Peru. She knew no one, hiked Machu Picchu, visited remote villages, and slept under a mosquito net in the Amazon Basin.

Sarah conducted cognitive research through working a camp in Wasilla, AK for children with behavioral issues due to being traumatized within the foster care system. 

Born and raised a Husker football fan, while in college in Texas, Sarah Rose worked on the Dallas Cowboys Promotions Team, interacting with fans, sponsors, and partners on game days.

Miss USA : 2018 Miss USA Selection Committee


The Miss Universe Organization today announced a catalytic change reflecting the Organization’s commitment to working with individuals who have an invested interest in supporting the contestants and titleholders throughout the competition and beyond.  For the first time ever, Miss USA will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of female entrepreneurs, business leaders, and industry experts—including former Miss USA contestants—offering a depth of expertise, insight and sustained commitment previously unavailable from one-off telecast judges.

The committee’s diverse perspectives and industry knowledge will help The Miss Universe Organization to determine the woman who will become integral to the ongoing growth and evolution of the company as a spokesperson for the brand.

This year’s Miss USA selection committee includes:

  • Jamie Kern Lima
  • Entrepreneur, co-founder, and CEO of It Cosmetics, one of the most successful brands on QVC; Miss Washington USA 2000.


  • Denise White
  • Founder and CEO of EAG Sports Management, one of the most powerful and influential sports management and PR/crisis management firms of professional sports; Miss Oregon USA 1994.


  • Lilliana VazquezEmmy® Award-winning host and producer, TODAY show contributor and style expert.


  • Crystle Stewart
  • Television host, model, and actress; founder of MISS Academy (Manners, Image, Style, and Success), an organization committed to translating traditional values through pop culture; Miss USA 2008.


  • Natasha CurryAward-winning television host and news anchor; Miss Washington USA 1998.

Get to know some of your Miss USA 2018 contestants

Miss Maine USA – Marina Gray 

Marina is a sergeant in the United States ARMY working with transportation and distribution of JP8 for vehicles and helicopters and received Non-Commissioned Officer of the year at her Unit. 

She is very passionate about cinematography and filmmaking and has hopes to go to graduate school and obtain a Masters Degree in Documentary Production.

She skipped a year of high school and got accepted to three colleges at the age of 16! 

Miss Alabama USA – Hannah Brown 

She has never had a pb&j sandwich! (not allergy related)

Hannah loves to make people smile and considers “professional lip syncing” one of her many talents.

She works as an interior designer at Gracefully Done Designs and enjoys getting to work with different textures and materials and seeing how different styles can complement each other to create something fresh and new. She feels that it’s like fashion for the home.

Miss New Jersey USA – Alexa Noone

Alexa has a first degree black belt in judo.

She has visited more than 25 countries and loves to travel internationally- one of her most adventurous solo trips was to Nicaragua where she was able to experience the culture of her ancestors. 

She is currently putting herself through school as she pursues a degree in Criminal Justice.

Miss Alaska USA – Brooke Johnson

Brooke played basketball most of her life and is now an honorary Harlem Globetrotter after playing in a game with them as a celebrity guest. 

She is a competitive Latin dancer and attends salsa and bachata festivals across the country.

As the first woman photojournalist in more than 34 years at Coastal Television in Anchorage, she has the opportunity to be first on the scene for groundbreaking news and events on a daily basis. 

Miss South Dakota USA- Madison Nipe 

She is majoring in Biology with hopes to attend dental school and is the president of the Biology Club at the University of South Dakota.

Madison was named after the mermaid the move “Splash”, who took her name from Madison Avenue in New York. 

She is very passionate about the issue of women’s heart health, something she became involved with through her sorority. 

Miss Florida USA – Genesis Davila

Genesis’ best friend is a 78-year-old lady. Her name is Luisa and she is also her grandmother. 

She has lived in three of the four regions in the US and one of the US Territories. 

After almost a year in disaster relief efforts, she found her calling to pursue a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and plans to utilize her degree to leverage herself as the leader of her nonprofit organization that specializes in providing primary needs to those affected by natural disasters. 

Miss Ohio USA – Deneen Penn 

Deneen aspires to follow her entrepreneurial spirit and start her own architecture firm. 

She is a Master Beekeeper and is not afraid of 60,000 little worker bees coming towards her! She says she loves the tranquility beekeeping provides and has her own business producing and selling organic honey. 

She is passionate about supporting local business whic led her to establishing her program, “The Worker Bee”, where she helps young, aspiring entrepreneurs build successful companies of their own. 

Miss Lousiana USA – Lauren Vizza

Lauren is a Shreveport local and is so excited to be competing in her hometown! 

She is the morning news anchor at KTAL NBC 6 and loves waking her viewers with a smile. 

She loves cooking with her mom and trying out new recipes in her free time. Her rescue dog, Lacey, loves being her “official taste tester.” 

Miss South Carolina USA – Tori Sizemore 

Tori is the oldest of seven kids; three biological brothers and three adopted little sisters. 

She has been an equestrian for 15 years, practicing show jumping, dressage and eventing. She  credits her years of riding for giving her the ability to fall, dust herself off, and finish her ride. 

Despite the fact that she grew up wrestling with her three rowdy brothers, Tori has never broken a bone! 

Miss Maryland USA – Brittinay Nicolette 

She has a goal to eat a donut from a local donut shop in every state. She calls it “Donuts Across America.” 

She regularly works in the operating room for the purpose of organ recovery but, funnily enough, she faints at the sight of her own blood. 

Brittinay was a competitive figure and synchronized skater from ages 7 to 16. 

Miss Hawaii USA – Julianne Chu 

Julianne is first generation Chinese. 

She is a full time certified special education teacher in Honolulu and works with a diverse group of second graders to help them reach their goals at their own pace. 

When she isn’t teaching, she still enjoys spending time with children as a Mulan impersonator at events and birthday parties. 

Miss Wyoming USA – Callie Bishop 

Callie is a yoga teacher and places a large importance on living a healthy and balance lifestyle, starting each morning with positive affirmations. 

Growing up, her nickname was “Callie the Carnivore” and she was known for eating bacon every single day of her college career, now, she is a hard core vegetarian! 

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance from the University of Wyoming and still loves to sing and dance. 

Miss Kentucky USA – Braea Tilford

She is a life and style blogger and launched her blog,, in August 2015. She uses her platform to inspire and empower her readers to look and feel magical on the inside and out. 

Braea is a twin and has a fraternal twin brother who is 1.5 hours older than her!

When she was a little girl, she was infatuated with Christina Aguilera and wanted to pursue an acting and singing career.

Miss Vermont USA – Maia-Jena Allo 

She is extremely passionate about skydiving and has skydived from 11 different aircrafts, and counting! In the future, she plans on competing for world records and titles in the sport. 

Maia-Jena studied the French language for 6 years in school. 

In her free time, she enjoys training her deaf rescue dog, hiking and baking sweet treats.

Miss Texas USA – Logan Lester 

Logan describes herself as a “Girl on Fire” as she graduated high school in 3 years and was a college graduate by 21. 

She loves food and has a food account on Instagram called @Lololovesqueso! 

This past year, Logan was able to learn how to drive a McLaren sports car on a race track. Her dad was once a professional motocross racer so the fast thrill is in her blood! 



Special Coverage | Robert William “Bob” Barker

Robert William “Bob” Barker (born December 12, 1923) is an American former television game show host. He is best known for hosting CBS’s The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007, making it the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history, and for hosting Truth or Consequences from 1956 to 1974.
Barker hosted the Miss USA/Universe Pageants from 1967 to 1987. In 1987, he requested the removal of fur prizes and stepped down as host when those in charge of the pageant refused.Barker became a vegetarian in 1979. That same year, he began promoting animal rights. 

Fort Lee Traveller: Army Refueler Makes Statement With Pageant Win

PORTLAND, Maine – Sgt. Marina Gray, a petroleum supply specialist serving in the Army National Guard here, earned the title of Miss Maine USA on Nov. 26. She will go on to compete at the national level Miss USA pageant this summer, which could set the stage for an opportunity to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant in the fall.

The Mount Desert Island native comes from humble beginnings and said she overcame many challenges that helped shape her into the strong, independent woman she is today.

“I felt when I was younger, I wouldn’t be able to achieve what I wanted because I came from a low-income family,” Gray said. “I didn’t think my life would be as fruitful as it has been; I guess I got here because I just kept fighting for it.”

Gray said, above all, she wants to give hope to children who grow up in situations like hers – emphasizing they can still go after what they want and should never feel like they can’t achieve lofty goals.

“I left home when I was 16 years old,” she recalled. “When I joined the Army at 17, the military immediately became my family and has supported me through the years.”

Gray became legally responsible for herself through the emancipation process and graduated from high school in just three years. She left for Army basic combat training two months after her 17th birthday.

“I definitely think the military helped shape me into the hard-working, moral person I am today,” she noted. “I’m thankful I have the military in my life and everyone backing me.”

Gray has been in the Maine Army National Guard for five years. She spends one weekend a month with the 133rd Engineer Battalion’s Forward Support Company in Brunswick.

“Once I put my military uniform on, that is what takes precedence over my life,” Gray insisted. “I know the military comes first, and it always will.”

On a typical drill weekend, Gray and her fellow Soldiers conduct bulk transfers for different units throughout the state, including dropping off anywhere between 200-1000 gallons of fuel to help support other units.

She also performs preventative maintenance checks and services on vehicles, conducts driver and load handling system training, does flat rack loading and unloading, and participates in convoy operations and battle drills.

“It’s a lot of hands-on work,” she admitted. “We’re normally out servicing the vehicles to ensure they’re up to standard, and we make sure everyone is proficient in operating the equipment.”

Gray joined the National Guard to help pay for college. In the civilian world, she worked as a waitress while attending the University of Maine in Orono. She balanced a full course load with both jobs and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

The inspiration for Gray to enter the pageant world was Deshauna Barber, the 2016 Miss USA title holder who earned the distinction of being the first Army service member to compete and win the contest.

“Pageantry was never something I imagined myself doing,” Gray said, “but I think this is going to take me exactly where I want to go with my career, and I’m super-excited about it.”

There’s a lot of media interaction involved in pageantry, she noted, which translates to a wealth of networking opportunities for anyone carrying the Miss Maine title.

It took about three months for Gray to prepare for the pageant. She described it as an “every-free-moment” commitment with requirements ranging from confidently walking in various types of high heels to stage hair and makeup tricks.

“A big teaching point was having confidence in your looks. I was always afraid that physical beauty could easily overtake who you are as a person. I now understand that’s not true,” Gray said. “You can be both. You can take charge of your beauty and refuse to let it label you. Nobody should ever be ashamed of feeling beautiful.”

Gray said she received a lot of help from fellow pageant competitors. She discovered that many women entered in the contest had overcome adversities of their own.

“It’s really worth it to get to know the women you’re competing with because they can be really amazing for the most part,” she said. “The pageant system is a platform for them to share their stories and get other women to feel confident with who they are.”

The notion of competing on the national stage and represent Maine has become a source of great excitement for the Soldier. “I’m thankful for the opportunity as a whole,” she said. “It’s honestly an amazing community of people.”

What the title will allow her to do in the way of hopefully inspiring other young women who have recently joined the military, or are seriously considering doing so, is also a notion about which Gray expresses much excitement. She insisted they can still be as feminine as they want and not be afraid of what other people think. Additionally, they should be fearless in going after whatever goal or profession they want, even in a male-dominated career field.

“Ultimately, that’s the bottom line message here,” Gray summarized. “I can tell you it’s extremely overwhelming to have people tell me they are inspired by my story. At that same time, though, it’s motivating me to continue this journey of sharing and helping other people.”  (Miss USA)

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The 2018 Miss USA Show

1. The 2018 Miss USA Show is the 20th Anniversary of the competition’s first appearance in the sister cities of Shreveport-Bossier.

2. Host, Vanessa Lachey, was a former Miss Teen USA 1998 who was crowned in Shreveport-Bossier.

3. Host, Nick Lachey, performed with his boy band 98° at the Miss Teen USA 2000 Show.

4. This year’s show will air LIVE on a Monday.

5. Both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants will compete for their crown in Shreveport-Bossier this May!

Source | Miss USA

The 2018 MISS USA® Competition will be held at The Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana.

This year’s MISS USA® show marks the 20th anniversary of the competition’s first appearance in the sister cities of Shreveport-Bossier. Offering cultural arts and entertainment sites, world-class outdoor sporting events, historic landmarks, festivals, and more, Shreveport-Bossier provides visitors an endless variety of opportunities to enjoy. 

20 years ago, Shawnae Jebbia from Massachusetts was crowned Miss USA 1998 in 
Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana

This year’s host include Vanessa and Nick Lachey.  

The two-hour special will conclude with the reigning Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough crowning her successor. Women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA.  (MissUSA.COM)