Miss USA pageant judges includes former Miss Universe and Miss USA winners
BATON ROUGE - REELZ channel announced Friday the panel of nine judges for the 2015 Miss USA Pageant, all former titleholders of the Miss Universe Organization.
The announcement comes after the news that Emmy Award-winning host Todd Newton and former Miss Wisconsin USA 2009 Alex Wehrley will co-host the pageant.
The Panel of Judges Includes:
Nana Meriwether - In addition to holding the Miss USA 2012 title, Meriwether is a two-time All-American athlete. She is the co-founder of Meriwether Foundation, which serves the most impoverished sectors in five southern African nations.
Leila Umenyiora - In 2011, Umenyiora became the first woman from Angola to win the Miss Universe crown. Umenyiora used her title to champion HIV/AIDS prevention.
Rima Fakih - Crowned Miss USA 2010, Fakih became the first Muslim woman to ever win the title. Following her reign, Fakih was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.
Crystle Stewart - Miss USA 2008 and was a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education and research. Stewart donates her time to Best Buddies, an organization that pairs mentally challenged children and adults with a friend.
Danielle Doty - Miss Teen USA 2011. She has made guest appearances at notable events such as Glamour's Women Of The Year Awards and The People's Choice Awards.
Tara Conner - Miss USA 2006 and became the first woman from Kentucky to win the title. Conner has become an advocate to raise awareness that addiction is a disease and many people go on to lead a healthy, productive life in recovery.
Kimberly Pressler - Miss USA 1999, Pressler has appeared as a sports reporter and host for networks such as FOX Sports, ABC, MTV and Red Bull Media, covering everything from X Games to the ACIS Fitness National Championship.
Brook Lee - The only native Hawaiian to win both Miss USA and Miss Universe titles. After winning Miss Universe in 1997, Lee became a host for ESPN's "Hawaii Sports Adventure" and E!'s "Behind the Scenes Look at Miss Universe."
Michelle McLean-Bailey - TV personality, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, McLean-Bailey won Miss Universe at 19 for Namibia in 1992. She established the Michelle McLean Children Trust to raise funds for education of underprivileged children in Namibia.
WBRZ will air the Miss USA pageant Sunday night on its companion broadcast station WBTR, which is found on channel 41, Cox cable channel 19, AT&T U-verse channel 19 and Eatel cable channel 144.