Journalist who is reigning Miss Kentucky wins 2021 Miss USA pageant

Journalist who is reigning Miss Kentucky wins 2021 Miss USA pageant
Journalist who is reigning Miss Kentucky wins 2021 Miss USA pageant
'I waited until I had my 'big girl' job as that's when I could afford it': Journalist who is reigning 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 back in May Yesterday she beat 50 girls from across the nation to win the Miss USA pageant  Smith explained that she had waited until she had got her 'big girl' job as a news reporter before attempting to compete in pageants She will now go to Eilat in Israel to compete in the Miss Universe pageant in December

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A journalist who has dreamed about 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 go on to represent the USA in the Miss Universe pageant set to be held in Israel in December.

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

She has since been working as a news reporter for Louisville's WHAS11 station, with her colleagues sending her congratulations on the title win. 

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

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

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The University of Kentucky graduate will now go on to represent the USA in the Miss Universe pageant set to be held in Israel in December

The University of Kentucky graduate will now go on to represent the USA in the Miss Universe pageant set to be held in Israel in December

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

'I’ve been thinking about it since I was 15 when I 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 band and musicals. So I wanted to be exactly like her.

'But I waited until I had my "big girl" job because that’s when I could afford it, so I

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