Thursday, October 31, 2019

Asya Branch wins Miss Mississippi USA 2020

Once again, the most beautiful women in Mississippi competed for the titles of Miss Mississippi USA and Miss Mississippi Teen USA at the Horseshoe Casino and Resort in Tunica, Mississippi on October 26, 2019. Asya Branch, an Ole Miss student from Booneville, was crowned as the first African American Miss Mississippi USA. Zoe Bigham, from Maben, was named Miss Mississippi Teen USA. 

The Crowning was a culmination of three days of competition held at the Horseshoe Casino where all contestants competed in Swimsuit/Activewear, Evening Gown and Interview.

The Runners-Up to Miss Mississippi USA were Kerrie Blakeney of Greenwood, Bailey Anderson of Moss Point, April Mayfield of Vicksburg and Regan Ringler of Clinton. The Runners-Up to Miss Mississippi Teen USA were Annie Grace Gibson of Mantee, Helen McDougald of Tupelo, Claire Love of Hernando and Mackenzie Taylor of Hernando.

Asya will advance to the nationally televised 2020 Miss USA pageant held in the spring. Zoe will advance to the 2020 Miss Teen USA pageant. Winners received an abundance of prizes including wardrobe, jewelry, modeling opportunities, scholarships and of course- the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.

The Miss Mississippi USA is The Miss USA and Teen USA Pageant is owned by WME/IMG who also owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants.

Pageant officials have announced that applications are being accepted from young women throughout the state who would like to compete in next year’s pageant. Miss USA pageants accept each contestant on an at-large basis through an application process and interview prior to the pageant. Applications can be found at under the “Apply Now” section.

For more information on the pageants, go to or call 615-891-0557 or email