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‘I waited to get my ‘big girl’ job because then I could afford it’: Journalist who governs Miss Kentucky wins 2021 Miss USA pageant and will represent America at Miss Universe contest next month

  • Journalist Elle Smith took home the Miss Kentucky pageant crown in May
  • Yesterday she beat 50 girls from all over the country to win the Miss USA pageant
  • Smith explained that she had been waiting to get her ‘big girl’ job as a news reporter before attempting to participate in pageants
  • She is now going to Eilat in Israel to compete in the Miss Universe pageant in December










A journalist who dreamed of becoming a pageant queen since she was just 15 years old has won the Miss USA title.

Miss Kentucky Elle Smith was crowned this year’s winner at Monday night’s pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The University of Kentucky graduate will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Israel in December.

Smith graduated from UKY last year, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism.

Since then, she has worked as a news reporter for the WHAS11 station in Louisville, while her colleagues congratulate her on the title win.

Broadcasting journalist Elle Smith, who has dreamed of becoming a pageant queen since she was just 15 years old, has won the Miss USA title

The University of Kentucky graduate will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Israel in December

The University of Kentucky graduate will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Israel in December

Last week, she spoke to colleague Hayley Minogue about the competition and revealed that it had been a dream for her since high school.

“I’ve been thinking about it since I was 15 when a girl from my high school won the teen title and she was everything to me,” Smith said.

“She was smart, she was beautiful, she was involved in everything from cross country to bands and musicals. So I wanted to be just like them.

“But I waited until I got my ‘big girl’ job because then I could afford it, so I waited.”

Smith, who competed with 50 girls from across the country, covered her mouth to hide her shock as she won the Miss USA crown as the pageant celebrated her 70th year.

“I’ve been thinking about it since I was 15 when a girl from my high school won the teen title and she was everything to me,” Smith told colleagues at WHAS 11 in Louisville.

Smith explained that she had waited until she got her 'big girl' job as a news reporter before attempting to participate in pageants

Smith explained that she had waited until she got her ‘big girl’ job as a news reporter before attempting to participate in pageants

Smith, who competed with 50 girls from across the country, covered her mouth to hide her shock as she won the Miss USA crown as the pageant celebrated her 70th year.

Smith, who competed with 50 girls from across the country, covered her mouth to hide her shock as she won the Miss USA crown as the pageant celebrated her 70th year.

Not only did she stand out in the swimsuit and evening gown competition, but she also received a thunderous applause from the audience when she explained how companies can be more environmentally conscious.

ABC affiliate WHAS11 shared congratulations after Smith’s win in a post last night, writing: ‘WOW!!! This is quite an achievement!! Our Elle Smith is your new MISS USA!’

Smith is the second Miss Kentucky winner to go on to take the Miss USA title. Tara Conner won the crown in 2006.

Smith will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant on December 12 in Eilat, Israel, in the Red Sea resort.

ABC affiliate WHAS11 shared congratulations after Smith's win in a post last night, writing: 'WOW!!!  This is quite an achievement!!  Our Elle Smith is your new MISS USA!'

ABC affiliate WHAS11 shared congratulations after Smith’s win in a post last night, writing: ‘WOW!!! This is quite an achievement!! Our Elle Smith is your new MISS USA!’

Last week, she spoke to colleague Hayley Minogue about the competition and revealed that it had been a dream for her since high school.

Last week, she spoke to colleague Hayley Minogue about the competition and revealed that it had been a dream for her since high school.

Israeli Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov has said the election will go ahead despite travel restrictions imposed to try to stave off the variant Omicron coronavirus.

On Saturday, the country announced it would ban foreigners from entering the country, extend quarantines for citizens and residents returning from abroad, and restore controversial cell phone surveillance to detect infections.

However, Razvozov said on Sunday that Miss Universe contestants would be exempted, while potentially undergoing PCR testing and other precautions every 48 hours.

“This is an event broadcast in 174 countries, a very important event, an event that Eilat also desperately needs,” he told reporters before the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We will know how to manage this event. So by using the waiver committee we get events like this, which the country has already committed to and cannot cancel.”

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