by pageantprofessors

Hi pageant fanatics, Allie here. I just finished watching the Miss USA prelims live on UStream, and I cannot even express my excitement over heading to Vegas tomorrow in advance of the main event on Sunday night. The contestant pool is STRONG.

Let me start by saying that watching prelims always changes my top 5. A contender with a great headshot may perform unexpectedly on stage. Stage presence can make or break a contestant.

During the intro section where the girls simply state their ages and names at the mic, the following 11 girls stood out: Connecticut, Georgia, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Texas. These girls were confident and posied.

Evening gown, the most glamorous part of the prelims competition, featured several new trends of note: tons of sheer panels and skirts, low backs, low fronts, multi-colored beading, the introduction of a lavender/purple/fuchsia color palette from a few contestants, white flowing Grecian-gowns (a la the Fidel photo shoot), liquid beading, and mile-high slits. As usual, white dresses dominated the color scheme with over one in four girls (25%) rocking this color. A standout gown that I would like to call-out in particular is the gorgeous bright yellow number worn by Ohio. Not only is the gown a shocking color, but it is also a sea of fabric. Ohio rocked it, and it grew on me. She could have easily gotten lost in this gown but did not by a stretch. After evening gown competition, I had narrowed down a top 7: Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Texas.

The swimsuit portion featured amazing swimwear by Kooey. The main color palette was aqua/mint, lavender, and coral, three great color combinations for the season. Flirty patterns, mix and match tops and bottoms, and string ties showcased each of the ladies’ remarkable fitness levels.

I can’t wait to update you live from Vegas this weekend when Miss USA is crowned. Follow our team on Twitter @PageantProfs.

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