Idaho’s Kim Layne is Miss USA 2020 first runner-up, loses to Asya Branch

Kim Layne, 26, of Nampa, Idaho almost won Miss USA 2020. She was the first runner-up of the 69th edition of the national pageant that chooses the United States’ representative to Miss Universe.

Layne was born in Idaho in 1994 to an Irish father and a Filipino mother. She is a citizen of both the U.S. and the Philippines.

The Filipino-Irish-American beauty queen is a trained barre instructor. She was a dairy herd health intern at Stewart Farms in Nampa from May 2013 to August 2013.

Miss USA 2020 is not Layne’s first national beauty pageant. In 2012, she was crowned Miss Idaho Teen USA and was unplaced in Miss Teen USA 2012, which was won by Logan West, 26, of Southington, Connecticut, USA.


It was Asya Branch, 22, of Booneville, Mississippi who won the Miss Universe 2020 crown. Mariah Jane Davis, 24, of Norman, Oklahoma, Alexis Lete, 24, of New Albany, Indiana and Kelly Hutchinson, 23, of Auburn, Alabama were the respective second, third and fourth runners-up.

The Miss USA 2020 coronation night was broadcast on FYI. It featured a performance by “American Idol” Season 10 second runner-up Haley Reinhart, 30.

Branch inherited the crown from Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, 29. The latter and Christian Murphy served as backstage commentators during the coronation night, which took place at the Exhibition Centre and the Soundstage at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

American Ninja Warrior” commentator Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, 41, and Miss Teen USA 2005 Allie LaForce, 31, hosted the coronation night. The judges were Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler, 43, of New York, Miss USA 2000 Lynnette Cole, 42, of Tennessee, businesswoman and hairstylist Carolyn Aronson, 53, Fox Nation journalist and media personality Abby Hornacek, 26, motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur Gloria Mayfield Banks, 64, and businesswoman and social media personality Susan Yara, 39.

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