NEW YORK (April 29, 2016) – The Miss Universe Organization today announced #Finding52, a first-of-its-kind nationwide search for a 52nd contestant to join the 2016 MISS USA® competition. This year’s telecast will air live from the recently opened T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 5 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
“Miss USA is someone who is strong, determined and confident,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “Our competitions celebrate women from all backgrounds and with #Finding 52, we hope to inspire more women to step out of their comfort zones and experience the amazing opportunities our organization offers.”
#Finding52 will identify one lucky woman to join the 51 state contestants onstage for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA. Applications are being accepted now for review by an expert judging panel who will select 10 #Finding52 finalists based on originality, creativity and personality.
#Finding52 is only one example of the new initiatives and opportunities The Miss Universe Organization is bringing to its fans under the ownership of WME | IMG alongside its partner FOX.
To be considered for #Finding52, hopefuls should post three photos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #Finding52 and briefly explain why they should be the 52nd contestant. Please visit MissUSA.com for more rules and information on how to apply.
Beginning May 10, fans worldwide will be able to vote for their favorite #Finding52 contender on Twitter by using #Finding52 alongside a hashtag specific to each finalist, or via Finding52.missusa.com. #Finding52 is made possible by the support of Sherri Hill, a leading eveningwear designer for today’s modern woman.
This year’s MISS USA® competition is a not-to-be-missed three-hour special programming event, which will conclude with Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan crowning her successor. The winner of MISS USA® will go on to compete for the title of Miss Universe later this year.
As previously announced, WME | IMG wholly acquired The Miss Universe Organization last year. Prior to the acquisition, IMG had produced a number of pageants for The Miss Universe Organization and will continue to do so with this year’s 2016 MISS USA®.
To learn more about this year’s MISS USA® contestants please visit: http://www.missuniverse.com/missusa/members/contestants
About The Miss Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO), a WME | IMG company, creates and advances opportunities for young women around the world through its network of relationships across entertainment, fashion and philanthropy. MUO inspires every woman to challenge herself, find her unique voice and embody the organization’s mission of being Confidently Beautiful. The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® competitions provide our contestants and titleholders an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors and brands around the world. For more information, and to learn more about The Miss Universe Organization’s official global causes, please visit: www.missuniverse.com.
IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 25 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.
About Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including EMPIRE, GOTHAM, THE X-FILES, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, SCREAM QUEENS, ROSEWOOD, AMERICAN IDOL, NEW GIRL, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, GRANDFATHERED, THE GRINDER, BOB’S BURGERS, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, LUCIFER and SLEEPY HOLLOW. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports and Sunday morning news. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app at www.fox.com/foxnow. “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV and follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com.
About T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded indoor arena that opened April 6, 2016. The 20,000-seat venue, located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, will host more than 100 events annually, including UFC, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events. Las Vegas’ newest landmark features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed T-Mobile Arena to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information visit the T-Mobile Arena website at www.t-mobilearena.com.
Find MISS USA® on Facebook and YouTube, and follow on Twitter and Instagram. For additional information, please visit www.missusa.com.