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History was made last night, November 9th, 2020, in Graceland, Tenessee, as Miss Mississippi USA, Asya Branch, 22, was the first-ever Mississippi titleholder to be crowned Miss USA.
Asya continues to break barriers as she was also the first African-American winner for Miss Mississippi USA. During the competition, Asya dazzled the judges and audience as she competed against fifty-one other women vying for the crown. The contestants were to compete in interview, swimsuit, and evening wear by Sherri Hill. Asya hopes during her reign of service to continue pushing for criminal justice reform; she has even been able to do a roundtable discussion on gun reform with President Donald Trump.
During Asya’s final moments of competing, the top five was given a topic to speak on for thirty seconds, and Asya’s topic was gun laws. She stated, “As someone who grew up in a home with guns, I learned at an early age how to load, how to fire, and gun safety. I think that education should be available to everyone,” she continued saying, “I believe that we should require people to pass training and safety courses before they’re allowed to purchase a gun and before receiving a permit. I think it’s important that we not ban guns…but I think it’s our Second Amendment right, and we need more safety surrounding that.”
Asya will now reside in an apartment in New York City alongside her sister-queen Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, and prepare for her next step, which will be the Miss Universe pageant. The whole state of Mississippi is so proud and excited for you, Asya, as you embark on this unforgettable journey as Miss USA 2020 and continue making history!
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