Who would have thought that a pageant that started in 1952 in California as a "bathing beauty" competition, could evolve into an international tradition with a goal of becoming Miss Universe?  The goal-oriented, experienced and intelligent women that have their eye on the crown of Miss Universe have to start with the Miss USA pageant first.

The 2014 Miss USA Pageant will be broadcast live from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, June 8th on NBC at 7pm (CT).  The three-hour show will not only include 51 talented and beautiful women, but also entertainment from Florida Georgia Line, rapper Nelly and Louisiana native Marc Broussard.

Fans will also get the opportunity to save their favorite contestant during the evening gown competition by using Twitter, using #SaveTheQueen along with a keyword that will be on your screen during the live competition.

South Dakota will be represented among the other contestants by 25-year old Brittney Palmer of Brookings, South Dakota.  Brittney is a professional horseback rider that also enjoys hockey, deep-sea fishing and photography.  She is a strong believer in the non-profit organization Horses for the Handicapped and hopes to empower, inspire, and encourage young women to pursue and fulfill their goals.


Brittney Palmer/Facebook
Brittney Palmer/Facebook

Find out more about Brittney and see more of her photos. 

Haley O'Brien will be representing Minnesota.  Haley is a 21-year old senior at St. Cloud State University.  She likes to snowboard, camp, hike and paint.  After being bullied about her appearance growing up, she is hoping to help kids realize it's okay to be themselves, no matter what others say.


Haley O'Brien/Facebook

Find out more about Haley and see more of her photos. 

23-year old Carlyn Bradarich is representing Iowa.  She is in her senior year at the University of Iowa and likes to read, bake and participate in intramural sports.  Carlyn loves animals and hopes to become more active in nonprofit animal rescue organizations such as ASPCA.  Find out more about Carlyn and see her photos.

See the profiles of all the contestants trying for the crown and title of 2014 Miss USA.

The winner of the 2014 Miss USA Pageant will go on to represent the United States for the title of Miss Universe.