What Does Miss USA 2017 Win? It's About More Than Just The Title
The 2017 Miss USA competition airs on May 14, meaning that soon 2016's winner Deshauna Barber will crown a 2017 contender to take her place. But winning Miss USA isn't just about the title. Whoever finally earns the crown on Sunday's telecast will also receive a number of other prizes. So aside from that fancy crown and a spot at the Miss Universe pageant later this year, just what will Miss USA 2017 win?
Surprisingly, details of this year's prize package are vague, possibly because the Miss Universe Organization is rebranding, to some degree, as WGE/IMG's Michael Antinoro told Business Insider in 2016. Antinoro said, "Celebrating women 60 years ago was a very different idea of how to do that than now." This probably means that the organization is taking steps to modernize, but also means that what was once offered to Miss USA in 2014 might not be the same thing she's offered now.
When reached for comment, Jackie Shahinian of the The Miss Universe Organization told Bustle via email that "being Miss USA is a job and [the winner] becomes an employee of The Miss Universe Organization." The winner will reign for one year, and Shahinian confirmed that the perks that come with Miss USA's win (and service to the organization) include the following:
All Expenses Paid Luxury NYC Apartment
Have fun reenacting all your Sex In The City New York realty fantasies! Plus your Mad Men fantasies. Plus your Dirty Sexy Money fantasies. There sure are a lot of television shows about rich people living in Manhattan, aren't there?
Representing The USA In Miss Universe
Miss USA will compete on behalf of the whole country at the Miss Universe pageant — a global stage.
A Special Wardrobe For Public Appearances
Being Miss USA means always having to put your most polished self forward, which is much easier when you have fresh styles available to you.
The Chance To Travel
As a representative for Miss USA, the winner will be able to travel the country as a goodwill ambassador. Road trip, anyone?
One thing's for sure: knowing just how much effort goes into being Miss USA even after you've won the title makes the competition all the more impressive. Here's to whoever wins it this year!