Asya Danielle Branch is an African-American woman from Mississippi, United States. She is a beauty queen and a prison reform advocate who works with a prison ministry program called Day1.
Branch is the 69th woman to win the Miss USA title. Here are 13 more things about her:
- She was born in Michigan, USA.
- She has four older siblings and two younger sisters.
- In 2003, she and her family relocated from Michigan to Booneville, Mississippi.
- A talented vocalist, she started singing in church performances when she was a little girl. In 2010, she forgot the lyrics of her song during a recital. She did not sing again until 2012.
- When she joined her first beauty pageant in 2005, her father tried to talk her out of it.
- She was a nanny for a special needs child.
- Her father was incarcerated in 2010 and is scheduled to be released in 2022.
- She competed in Miss Mississippi 2016. She was unplaced but she won the lifestyle and fitness preliminary.
- She was Miss All-American City 2017 and Miss Mississippi 2017 fourth runner-up.
- Representing Tupelo, she was crowned Miss Mississippi 2018 on June 23, 2018 at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She was the first African-American woman to win the title.
- On October 2, 2018, she sang the national anthem at a Make America Great Again rally in Southaven, Mississippi.
- She represented Mississippi in Miss America 2019. She was unplaced but she was second runner-up in the Quality of Life awards of the competition. In the talent portion, she sang “The Impossible Dream” from the musical “Man of La Mancha.”
- A senior student at the University of Mississippi where she is studying broadcast journalism, she was 22 years old when she was crowned Miss USA 2020 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, USA on November 9, 2020. She is the first woman from Mississippi to win the title. She will represent the U.S. in Miss Universe 2020.