Reno. NV. – September 28, 2023 –Tonight Miss Teen Miss New Jersey Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava was crowned Miss Teen USA during the live streamed pageant. The event was held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre in Reno Tahoe was streamed on cwtv.com and the CW app. The event featured 51 accomplished young women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
After the week-long visit to Reno, NV., where delegates competed in Interviews, Athletic Wear, Evening Gown, Final Question and Final Look. Faron Medhi crowned Miss Teen USA Miss New Jersey Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava her successor at the conclusion of the annual event. Miss Teen USA was hosted by Justin Sylvester, E! News. The judges for the Miss Teen USA pageant were actress, producer and entrepreneur Emily Shah; founder of Kopu Water Mindy Mahy; the first Miss Teen USA Ruth Zakarian; entrepreneur and television personality, and Stand Up Comedian Kae Cazorla; and model and content creator Tabitha Swatosh with Chris Persky and current Miss Teen USA Faron Medhi served as commentators.
“I am happy to bring Miss Teen USA to the big screen,” said Laylah Rose President/CEO of the Miss USA & Teen USA Organization. ”For all of their hard-work and endeavors, they deserve to be highlighted. They are making impacts in their communities with nonprofits that speak to their hearts! They’re brilliant and powerful young leaders. “
THE 72ND MISS USA PAGEANT TO AIR LIVE ON THE CW NETWORK
ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
First Time Airing on Broadcast Television in Nearly a Decade
Companion Pageant Miss Teen USA to Stream on The CW App and cwtv.com
September 8, 2023 (Burbank, CA) – The CW Network will be the exclusive home for THE 72nd MISS USA PAGEANT as it returns to broadcast television live on Friday, September 29 (8:00-10:00pm ET/PT – delayed PT, check local listings). Additionally, the companion pageant MISS TEEN USA will be available to stream on The CW App and cwtv.com also on Friday, September 29 (time TBA).
Heather Olander, Head of Unscripted Programming at The CW, said, “The Miss USA Pageant and Miss Teen USA Pageants are time-honored traditions. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Laylah Rose and Renato Basile for what is sure to be a night of exciting entertainment.”
“I am incredibly excited about the collaboration with The CW for the broadcast of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to present viewers with a modern and progressive approach to a 70-year-old tradition, and we’re looking forward to the moment when this year’s deserving champions are crowned,” expressed Laylah Rose, President/CEO of the Miss USA & Teen USA Organization.
“I am excited to be working side by side with the Miss USA/ Miss Teen franchise and its new owner Laylah Rose. Bringing together our unique A-list teams is going to make for an exhilarating production,” said Executive Producer Renato Basile.
Both highly anticipated events will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The pageants will bring together titleholders from each state as they compete to win the prestigious title of Miss USA 2023 and Miss Teen USA 2023. Miss USA 2022 Morgan Romano of North Carolina and Miss Teen USA 2022 Faron Medhi of Nebraska will be in attendance to pass the crown down to their successors. The new Miss USA titleholder will go on to represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2023 competition at the end of this year.
The hosts and judges will be announced at a later date.
THE 72ND MISS USA PAGEANT is executive produced by Renato Basile of RB Entertainment Inc. Laylah Rose serves as President and CEO of Miss USA/Miss Teen USA and Megan Micale is Chief Operating Officer.
ABOUT THE CW:
The CW Network, LLC is one of America’s major broadcast networks and reaches 100% of US television households. The CW delivers 14 hours of primetime programming per week in addition to sports and other entertainment programming and is the exclusive broadcast home to LIV Golf. The fully ad-supported CW App, with more than 96 million downloads to date, is available for free to consumers on all major platforms and is home to the latest episodes and seasons of The CW’s primetime programming, live streaming of its sports content, and a library of entertaining film and television content for on-demand viewing. The CW is 75%-owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST), a leading diversified media company and largest CW affiliate group with 37 CW and CW Plus affiliates, covering 32% of the population. For more information about The CW, please visit www.cwtv.com.
ABOUT MISS USA:
Miss USA is an American beauty pageant that has been held annually since 1952 to select the woman who will represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant. Historically, the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants were owned and operated by the Miss Universe Organization, The Miss Universe Organization operated both pageants, as well as Miss Teen USA until 2022 when Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip purchased the organization.
For over 60 years, Miss USA has been a staple in the pageant industry, providing young women with the platform to showcase their talents, intelligence, and leadership skills. We believe in the power of women to make a difference in the world, and Miss USA is proud to have crowned some of the most successful and influential women in the world.
The Miss USA pageant is not just about outer beauty; it celebrates the inner beauty and intelligence of each contestant. Each contestant comes from diverse backgrounds and have varied interests, but they all share the same goal of empowering and inspiring young women across the world. The Miss USA organization believes that every woman has the potential to achieve great things, and is committed to providing them with the resources and opportunities to do so.
AUGUST 1, 2023
The Miss Universe Organization today announces a new chapter for the MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA brand and license. MUO, Miss Brand, and former USA national director Crystle Stewart have chosen to end their partnership.
A spokesperson for the organization said:
The Miss Universe Organization is grateful for the longstanding relationship with Crystle Stewart over the years. As a stakeholder in the Miss USA brand, Crystle and her team enhanced prize packages, increased visibility of titleholders, secured a remarkable location for the Miss USA pageant, and strengthened brand partnerships. Crystle has been a trusted friend of the organization, an exemplary titleholder, and has consistently demonstrated her unwavering dedication and commitment to both the Miss Universe Organization and the Miss USA pageant.
After a thorough and extensive investigation, it was found that accusations of rigging of the 2022 Miss USA Pageant were false. Sincere gratitude to Crystle and the entire Miss Brand staff and employees for their unwavering cooperation and transparency throughout the entire investigation. Their willingness to provide full assistance and support during that challenging time is a testament to their professionalism and integrity.
However, after much discussion and consideration, MUO and Crystle were unable to reach an agreement as to Crystle and Miss Brand’s continuing involvement with Miss USA and the Miss Universe Organization.
Crystle has decided to leverage the success she has had with the Miss USA Organization to pursue other entrepreneurial passions. We wish Crystle, and her team at Miss Brand, all the best and have no doubt that she will excel in this next chapter.
Paula Shugart, MUO President, said, “Crystle has been a close part of the Miss Universe family, from her own pageant days through the many challenges of this past year at Miss USA. We appreciate her help in moving us through this tough time, and wish her much luck and success on her future projects. We can’t wait to see what’s next for her and for Miss Brand.”
More information from the new USA National Director, including information on this year’s program, will be forthcoming shortly.