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The Miss USA 2017 contestants have been announced and fans of the anticipated show are preparing to see the 51 pageant women compete for the title. Here are the Miss USA contestants of 2017, and a few facts about them.

Fifty-one women will meet on Sunday, May 14, to vie for the Miss USA winner of 2017. Fans of the show are talking about their Miss USA 2017 predictions, but once you see the beautiful and intelligent women on the list, you may have a tough time choosing your favorite! The pageant will be hosted by Julianne Hough and Terrence J., and will broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. If you want to watch the Miss USA 2017 pageant show, tune into Fox at 8:00 p.m. EST this Sunday!

Miss USA North Dakota, Raquel Wellentin

  • Born in the Philippines
  • Pursuing her dream at North Dakota State University to become a Health and Physical Education teacher
  • Works as a fitness coach and an advocate for women’s health and empowerment and children’s education and eliminating racism
Raquel Wellentin, Miss North Dakota

Raquel Wellentin. Photo by: Patrick Prather/©IMG Universe LLC

Miss USA Oklahoma, Alex Smith

  • Obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration in three and a half years
  • Named the top ten percentile of her class
  • Inducted into Delta Mu Delta

Miss USA Rhode Island, Kelsey Swanson

  • Studying psychology at the University of Rhode Island
  • Seeking career as a child psychologist
  • World traveler since age 18, visited over 20 countries

Miss USA Washington, Alex Carlson-Helo

  • Realtor and Design Consultant
  • Had Rheumatoid Arthritis and learned how to walk again
  • Believes any goal can be met one step at a time
Alex Carlson-Helo, Miss Washington USA 2017

Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo by: Patrick Prather, ©IMG Universe LLC

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Miss USA Illinois, Whitney Wandland

  • Actress and dancer, over 20 years of training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and West African techniques
  • Featured dancer on three episodes of Empire on Fox
  • Selected to perform at the NBA Allstar Weekend 2017 in New Orleans

Miss USA Kansas, Catherine Carmichael

  • Played volleyball at the University of Kansas
  • Obtained her degree in Cultural Studies with a minor in Communication Studies

Miss USA Louisiana, Bethany Trahan

  • Senior at McNeese State University, studying Mass Communications with a focus on Public Relations
  • Raised in a loving, caring family, who has shaped her into the person she is today

Miss USA Florida, Linette De Los Santos

  • Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science
  • Second year law student at Nova Southeastern University, Shephard Broad College of Law
Linette De Los Santos, Miss Florida USA 2017

Linette De Los Santos. Photo by: Patrick Prather, ©IMG Universe LLC

Miss USA Arizona, Tommy Lynn Calhoun

  • First state titleholder from Tucson, Arizona in 21 years
  • Outgoing and has a country heart
  • Maintains her strong relationship with her community through volunteering

Miss USA Iowa, Kelsey Weier

  • Learned the importance of being a role model in her community
  • Served her community and on the athletic field in various ways
  • Attended Catholic school since she was five years old

Miss USA Missouri, Bayleigh Dayton

  • Graduate of Baylor University with Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • Plans to pursue her MBA this fall
  • Youngest of three independent and opinionated daughters

Miss USA New Hampshire, Sarah Mousseau

  • Passionate about the arts and sciences
  • Experiencing singing and acting on stage
  • Fascinated with the anatomy and physiology of the voice

Miss USA California, India Williams

  • Junior at Loyola Marymount University studying Business Entrepreneurship
  • Seeking career in Intellectual Property Rights
  • Studied Mandarin Chinese for nearly six years
 India Williams, Miss California USA 2017

India Williams. Photo by: Patrick Prather/ ©IMG Universe LLC

Miss USA Oregon, Elizabeth Denny

  • Graduated with Bachelor’s in Communications from Portland State University
  • Owns her own company, Betty Artistry
  • Freelance makeup artist throughout west coast

Miss USA Wisconsin, Skylar Witte

  • Attends University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing double major in Political Science and Communication Arts: Rhetoric Studies
  • Pursued modeling career and walked in New York Fashion Week

Miss USA Nevada, Lauren York

  • Full time model
  • Graduated from high school in only three years
  • Pursuing career in fashion industry

Miss USA Arkansas, Arynn Johnson

  • Majored in Marketing and Broadcast Journalism at Baylor University
  • Loved reading, fitness, and the outdoors
  • Spends her spare time preparing for obstacle course races, and giving back to the community

Miss USA Tennessee, Allee-Sutton Hethcoat

  • Law student, model, and actress
  • Graduated from Belmont University as a member of the Alpha Chi honor society
Alee-Sutton Hethcoat, Miss Tennessee USA 2017

Alee-Sutton Hethcoat. Photo by: Patrick Prather/©IMG Universe LLC

Miss USA D.C., Kára McCullough

  • Born in Naples, Italy
  • Daughter of now-retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer
  • Traveled and lived in many inspiring locations including Sicily, Japan, South Korea, and Hawaii

Miss USA Idaho, Cassie Lewis

  • Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Works as an event planner and fashion consultant
  • Mentored high school girls for six years, developing their confidence and potential

Miss USA Minnesota, Meridith Gould

  • Grew up on a small acreage in a 130-year-old Victorian home
  • Family raised her with a strong emphasis on the fine arts
  • Four-year All State Choir delegate and an alto saxophone player for 11 years
  • Earned the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence

Miss USA Texas, Nancy Gonzalez

  • Loves the outdoors, cooks for herself, and maintains a healthy lifestyle
  • Enjoys camping, fishing, surfing
  • Works in her office sourcing, negotiating, and purchasing oil and gas materials for her employer

Miss USA Virginia, Jacqueline Carroll

  • Four-year collegiate volleyball player
  • Majored in Psychology
  • Describes herself as compassionate, vibrant and resilient, and an infections sense of humour

Miss USA Alaska, Alyssa London

  • Graduate of Stanford University
  • Radion/TV Host, motivational speaker, business owner, and entrepreneur
  • Founder of Our Culture Story, which celebrates and highlights different cultures from around the world

Miss USA Massachusetts, Julia Scaparotti

  • Graduate of the University of Rhode Island, with a double major in Communications and Film & Media, minor in Theater
  • Former Digital Media Planner in the Media Hub division of Mullen Lowe Advertising Agency

Miss USA New Jersey, Chhavi Verg

  • Born in India, and moved to the US when she was four years old
  • Studies Marketing and Spanish at Rutgers University
  • Enjoys dancing, public speaking, learning languages, and health and wellness
Chhavi Verg, Miss New Jersey USA 2016

Chhavi Verg. Photo by: Patrick Prather/©IMG Universe LLC

Miss USA Nebraska, Jasmine Fuelberth

  • Became a professional model at nine years old in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City
  • Won Miss Nebraska Teen USA in 2013, and found a love for public speaking
  • Currently a motivational speaker on YouTube

Miss USA Delaware, Mia Jones

  • Art Education major at Delaware State University
  • Enjoys spending quality time with her family and painting
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Miss USA Vermont, Madison Cota

  • Studied Fashion and Retail Merchandising and Event Management
  • NCAA Division III basketball player and served as captain in her most recent season

Miss USA New Mexico, Ashley Mora

  • Licensed real estate agent, fitness, hot yoga, spin, and Barre instructor
  • Successful modeling career

Miss USA Mississippi, Ashley Hamby

  • Bachleor’s degree in Elementary Education at Mississippi State University
  • Studying at Mississippi College, pursing her Master’s in School Counseling
  • All-star cheerleading coash and tumbling instructor

Miss USA North Carolina, Katie Coble

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Alabama
  • Professional model since the age of 14
  • Enjoys cooking simple, yet tasty, 10-minute meals in her spare time
Kaitlin Coble, Miss North Carolina 2017

Kaitlin Coble. Photo by: Patrick Prather, ©IMG Universe LLC

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Miss USA Georgia, DeAnna Johnson

  • Aspiring designer
  • Top 10 finalist on The Voice
  • Played basketball and volleyball throughout high school

Miss USA South Dakota, Tessa Dee

  • Public Speaker and Wellness Coach
  • Spends spare time mentoring at-risk ESL students
  • Motivates people to be the best version of themselves

Miss USA West Virginia, Lauren Roush

  • Grew up living the small-town life
  • Enjoys skydiving over Red Rock Canyon, snorkeling the Great Coral Reef, and plays in the snow of the Andes Mountains

The other beautiful contestants among the list of beauty queens representing their states include:

  • Miss USA Maine, Brooke Harris
  • Miss USA Kentucky, Madelyn Myers
  • Miss USA Colorado, Sabrina Janssen
  • Miss USA Connecticut, Olga Litvinenko
  • Miss USA Hawaii, Julie Kuo
  • Miss USA Indiana, Brittany Winchester
  • Miss USA Maryland, Adrianna David
  • Miss USA Michigan, Krista Ferguson
  • Miss USA Montana, Brooke Bezanson
  • Miss USA New York, Hannah Lopa
  • Miss USA Ohio, Dinaleigh Baxter
  • Miss USA Oregon, Elizabeth Denny
  • Miss USA Pennsylvania, Cassandra Angst
  • Miss USA South Carolina, Megan Gordon
  • Miss USA Utah, Baylee Jensen
  • Miss USA West Virginia, Lauren Roush
  • Miss USA Wyoming, Mikaela Shaw

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