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Oklahoma’s Mariah Jane Davis is Miss USA 2020 second runner-up, loses to Asya Branch

Mariah Jane Davis, 24, of Norman, Oklahoma almost won  Miss USA 2020. She was the second runner-up of the 69th edition of the national pageant that chooses the United States’ representative to Miss Universe.

Davis is a member of the Choctaw Nation. She is the youngest among the four daughters of Donnie Davis and Sheila Hoppis-Brown.

Before earning the Miss Oklahoma USA 2020 title, Mariah was Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2013 second runner-up, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2014 and Miss Oklahoma USA 2019 first runner-up. She earned her bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

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I couldn’t be more honored and proud to wear Oklahoma across my chest. I believe that God has been preparing me for this experience my entire life. He has presented me with challenges and opportunities for learning and growth, taught me how to be empowered by things that I was once embarrassed by, prepared my heart and mind for leadership, and molded me into a woman who would one day represent Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation, suicide survivors, mental health fighters and champions, and women. Always remember, no matter what your dream is, it is not only possible, but within your ability to pursue and achieve it! Now let me thank some of the INCREDIBLE sponsors! Jumpsuit and Gown: @sherrihill thank you for providing the ultimate jumpsuit that made me feel comfortable and confident! Sherri, you really made this image in my mind of what my Miss USA gown would be come to life and THEN SOME!!! This gown could not be more perfect. @serendipityprom thank you endlessly for ensuring that my dream gown came to fruition. Swimsuit: THANK YOU SO MUCH @swimoutlet for the perfect power suit! I felt so confident, powerful, and dare I say, sexy! 🙊 Shoes: Thank you @chineselaundry for the awesome opening and swimsuit shoes! Perfect for strutting the stage! Makeup: FaceTime makeup sesh with @emeriejonesartistry had me looking and FEELING like a queen! Thank you everyone for the well wishes and support! I’ve felt your prayers and love ❤️#missusa #fyinetwork #graceland #sherrihill #swimoutlet #confidentlybeautiful #vanbrosgirls #missusa2020 #missoklahomausa

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It was Asya Branch, 22, of Booneville, Mississippi who won the Miss Universe 2020 crown while Kim Layne, 26, of Nampa, Idaho was her runner-up. Alexis Lete, 24, of New Albany, Indiana and Kelly Hutchinson, 23, of Auburn, Alabama were the respective 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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