Miss Oklahoma, Olivia Jordan, wins Miss USA contest
BATON ROUGE, La. - Twenty-six-year-old Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma has won the 64th annual Miss USA contest, beating out 50 other women from states around the country and the District of Columbia.
Twenty-two-year-old Ylianna Guerra of Texas was named first runner-up, and Miss Louisiana, Candice Bennat, finished in the top 10.
The competition had been narrowed down to five finalists also representing Rhode Island, Maryland, and Nevada before the winner was crowned Sunday night.
This year's contest, held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had been largely overshadowed by comments made by pageant co-owner and real estate mogul Donald Trump while running for president.
Trump criticized Mexican immigrants in comments that led to widespread fallout against his business dealings including the pageant. He wasn't present at Sunday's pageant.
Broadcasters dropped the pageant and a slew of celebrities lined up to perform, judge and host dropped out, leaving pageant officials scrambling for replacements.
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