Though it's too early for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, a major worldwide competition is about to take place. Some of the most beautiful and poised women in the world will gather in Las Vegas to compete in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, which will be broadcast live on Fox Sunday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. While I'm sure all of the 80 contestants from around the world will be just lovely, you better believe I'm going to be rooting for Miss USA. Of course, as an American I feel compelled to root for my homegirl, but perhaps it would behoove you and me to learn a little bit more about who Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan is before she tries to take on the world Sunday night.
Jordan, 27, was crowned Miss USA on July 12, 2015. Jordan represented the state of Oklahoma, and she's actually the first contestant from the Sooner State to take home the title and compete in the Miss Universe competition. Who says the Miss USA pageant isn't progressive?
Jordan was able to outshine 50 other contestants vying for Miss USA, but how will she fare when competing among the fairest ladies of the globe? Read up on Jordan's road to Miss USA and what she's been up to these past five months, and you can judge whether or not she has what it takes to make it all the way for yourself.
She Was Pretty In Pink At Miss USA 2015
Aside from the controversy surrounding the pageant due to its former owner Donald Trump and some offensive comments he made about Mexican immigrants, which caused its network, co-hosts, and some of its judges to drop out, Miss USA 2015 was business as usual. There were awkward introductions, plenty of ladies in bikinis, and interview answers gone awry. However, Jordan aced the Q&A sesh, stressing the need for better race relations in the United States and naming Oprah Winfrey and Harriet Tubman as two women she'd like to see on the face of the $10 bill. She also wore a very memorable and poofy hot pink evening gown when she was announced as the winner. If a woman wearing an outfit like that doesn't deserve a tiara, I don't know who does.
She's An Advocate For Alzheimer's
Every beauty queen worth her weight in spray-on tanner needs a proper cause to support, and Jordan has dedicated the past few years to being an advocate for the Alzheimer's Association, according to her official Miss USA bio. Jordan hosted the Alzheimer's Association Memory Gala in Oklahoma earlier this year. She has also supported Children of the Night, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting children out of prostitution in the U.S. If Jordan wins the Miss Universe pageant, it'll be interesting to see what she will do with her platform next.
She Has Defended Trump
There's a stereotype about beauty queens that they always speak very diplomatically. However, Jordan made some comments about Trump after she won the title of Miss USA that could definitely be considered polarizing. “Mr. Trump is running for president and he needs to get out issues that are important to him, and immigration is certainly a hot-topic issue that everyone’s talking about. I think that it’s good to talk about immigration,” Jordan told CNN's Don Lemon in July. “He has the right to free speech and his own opinions.” Whether you agree with her or not, having a beauty queen that's not afraid to say something provocative is at least interesting to watch.
She Was A New York Tourist
I feel like Jordan's Instagram photos of herself taking on the Big Apple are the physical embodiment of Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York" song. Since winning Miss USA, Jordan has really taken advantage of that New York apartment that was part of her prize package, being spotted out and about in places like Soho, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. Just like Swift's tune, Jordan's time in New York may not be the most accurate depiction of life in the big city, but who better to live vicariously through than a beauty queen?
She Took New York Fashion Week By Storm
Surprise, surprise. In addition to being a beauty queen, Jordan is also a model, and she strutted her stuff on the runway of designer Sherri Hill's fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September. Jordan should be used to walking in high heels while wearing uncomfortable outfits by now, so she probably looked fierce on that catwalk.
She Went Back Home
Even though Jordan has won the Miss USA 2015 competition, she hasn't forgotten her roots. Jordan also went back home and received a grand reception when she visited the University of Oklahoma earlier this year. Never has the term "homecoming queen" been more fitting.
Ms. Jordan Went To Washington
As if Jordan didn't have enough going on in her life these days, she also headed off to Washington, D.C. to lobby for greater investment in federal research for early detection tests and new treatments for ovarian cancer. After New York, could Jordan possibly take on Washington next?
She Rubbed Elbows With Some Famous Faces
Being Miss USA has its perks, one of which is that you get to meet all sorts of fabulous people. Jordan has certainly had her fair share of famous run-ins, including Meryl Streep, Jay Manuel of America's Next Top Model fame, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Million Dollar Listing New York 's Ryan Serhant.
And who knows? If Jordan wins the Miss Universe title on Sunday, she could become an international celebrity in her own right.