Miss Contestants

People's Choice Award Online Voting!

At this year’s pageant we are holding a special online competition called the People’s Choice! We will be collecting your votes with the help of our voting partner, The Pageant Planet, for your favorite contestant for the People’s Choice in both the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA divisions. This year, the People’s Choice Winners will be guaranteed a spot as a semi-finalist in the Pageant Finals! Voting will take place online until 10am CDT on Sunday, August 1st. The winners of the People’s Choice for each division will be revealed during the announcement of the semi-finalists as well as recognized during the awards portion near the end of the Pageant Finals! As contestants complete their registration process, they will be added to the People's Choice voting platform.

During this year’s pageant, if the contestant numbers dictate, it may be decided by the judging panel to allow all the state contestants to advance to the Pageant Finals. If so, the winners of the People’s Choice voting will still be announced at the start of the Pageant Finals as well as recognized during the awards portion near the end of the show.

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Miss Minnesota USA 2021 Contestants


Hannah A.
Thank you to my mother, Dr. Sima Rad, for supporting me and being a great role model of what a strong woman is. Thank you to my father, who is watching over me, for pushing me to do my best and teaching me to work hard for what I want.

Muna A.
I would like to thank everyone who believed in the vision and supported my journey. I am grateful for everyone who gave me advice, taught me anything valuable and has challenged me to grow. Thank you to my amazing mother and sisters for always cheering me on, I am forever grateful and will continue to make you all proud.

Mallory A.
Ham Lake
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all those who have supported me in my journey towards Miss Minnesota 2021. I am honored to be a part of this year's pageant, as it has been an exhilarating experience that I will never forget. I have profound gratefulness for all my supports who have made this not just a dream, but a reality. Therefore, I would like to thank my family and friends who have provided generous contributions to allow me to be a part in this event. I am grateful for everyone who has made this pageant a success, and fortunate to have such a talented team as my foundation; Glamourous Alchemist LLC, Radiant Complexions, and outstanding coach, Cheri Kennedy who have all been my foundation in achieving my goal.

Ahmitara A.
Southern Minnesota
I'd like to thank God for gifting me with such an amazing opportunity and a great support system.Thank you to my beautiful mother for her loving support. Thank you to my personal life coach Ananaya, who pulls me back up when life gets hard. Thank you to my talented makeup artist Rebecca for making sure I always look my best. Thank you to my baby sister ApewyaJwok for always correcting my walk. Shoutout to my brothers, Ajuda and Gilo, for their unanimous support. Thank you Wendi Russo for working with me on my walk. A warm thanks to my extended family members and to all others for their continuous support on my pageant journey. Lastly, to my late father Ogulla Gur who shaped me into becoming woman I am today.

Asia B.
Brian & Michele Baker, Terry Baker, My parents, Eric & Phannee Baker (pA-knee), Everyone who chipped in at the bake sale

Laura B.
Thank you to my parents, my friends, my Maple 101 roomies, and of course, Dan. I love you all so much. Thank you to Brittany Link for capturing my favorite headshot. Brittany, you are so talented and I love the way you put your clients at ease and focus on having fun! And thank you to Matthew Berry, for reminding me that "chasing happiness" is a wonderful way to live your life.

Lauren C.
Thank you to my family. My entire world and support system. Thank you to my friends who look after me and bless me with their kindness every day.

Shamari C.
Brooklyn Park
I want to thank the woman who started it all my mom my family everyone at the Y also Kmoj for giving me my first radio shoutout. My mentee Rakhaeri for believing me. My support system my mom Marie,Toya, Bam, Ant ,Mat, Mace Dan. Kevin & Tracy. Most of all my nieces and nephews . I couldn’t have even had any type of vision for this type of dream without all of you. Especially my first niece Avi. She has been my muse for so long and really inspired me. She is the reason why I wanna help people and kids in need. All my nieces and nephews has an impact on my dream and passion. So I would like to personally thank Sean Avi Jaden Prince Nana Leya Avantis Lil Mat Makai Marshall Avasia & Avoncé for always keeping me on my toes I love you all.

Tiffany C.
Sherburne County
A very special Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey. Thank you to Mary Swenson for reminding me of my passions! A huge Thank you to my sponsors for making my childhood dreams to walk the USA stage come true: Watson-Forsberg, Genesis Group Homes, Lux Glo Mn, and the McGuire's. Thank you Mom for being by my side all of these years and supporting my dreams.

Nasra D.
St. Peter
Dear May Supporters, Hello thank you for Sponsering and supporting me. It means a lot to me. I Appreciate you guy's on going souport helping me make my wishes and dreams true. I am really excited to participate in this event and without you guys I would have not.

Darby D.
I would certainly not be here if it were not for the abundance of support I have received from my family, friends, and mentors! Thank you to Johnson+Co Photography and the best glam squad for the amazing job on my headshots. Huge thank you to my Hazel&Olive work family for always believing in me! Thank you to the Miss Minnesota USA organization and Future Productions for making this all possible. Also, a special thank you to my parents for continuously supporting my wildest dreams and encouraging me along the way. To the city of Minneapolis, I am so lucky to live here, and I am proud to represent my community. Let's do this!

Lorali D.
Thank you to my sponsors Bragelmann Meats, RXP Wireless dba Verizon , Norbco, Corky's , and Moscho Builders for supporting me in this competition. I also want to thank my family and friends for being my number one fans and pushing me to follow my dreams.

Shante E.
Clay County
I would like to thank God for all of the wonderful people in my life and for making a way for me to have this unique experience. I wouldn't be the person I am today without Him guiding my footsteps. I'd also like to thank my family, especially my parents for supporting me in this journey. I'd like to thank my pageant coach, Natalie Sparrow, owner of Natalie Sparrow mgmt, for investing time into me and encouraging me to explore myself. Finally, I'd like to thank all the generous businesses and members of the community for financially supporting me and the people I advocate for.

Elle G.
Lake Of The Isles
Thank you to my biggest supporters - my family! My calendar was jam-packed this past year. Not only was I preparing for Miss Minnesota USA, but I have been working full time, going to graduate school full time, and continuing my involvement in the community. I couldn't have done this without your constant support, encouragement, assistance, and love. Love you all to the moon and back!

Ela H.
Eden Prairie
I'd like to thank my friends and family for all of their support!

Mikayla H.
Marine On St. Croix
Mom and Dad - Thank you for always believing in me and supporting me. Through love and patience, you have shown me that I can help make the world a more inclusive one, and to follow my dreams no matter where they lead me. Denise, Libby, Skylar and Craig- you believed in me from the start. You have shown that acceptance is a beautiful thing, giving me a voice for the special needs community and going outside the norm. Cheri - thank you for preparing me for this weekend. Your love and support through the years has meant so much to me. Thank you to my extended family. Having grown up with your love has made me a stronger woman. Never once did you look at me as one with a disability, but rather as one who has the ability to achieve.

Shadiyo H.
Dakota County
I want to thank my family and my friends for supporting me on this journey. I want to give special shout out to my nieces and nephews for helping me prepare for it. I want to Thank Arágidi for doing my makeup and Trey Chic for designing my wardrobe. I want to Thank the pageant for allowing to participate and welcoming me. I had so much fun.

Annabelle L.
I’d like to thank my friends and family who have been so supportive of me throughout this journey. To Miss Posh World, thank you for helping me prepare for this life changing experience! A huge thank you to my sponsors, this would not be possible without you all: Corazón Clothing, Dream Luxe Lashes, Kashii Shop, ART Photography, Morjan Couture, Body By Studee, Hernan Riviera Beauty. Ivan and Kevin, thank you for all you have done to constantly encourage me and show me my wholistic beauty, without you, I wouldn’t be here today! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and following my journey to Miss Minnesota USA! Thank you to Future Productions for the opportunity to showcase my talents! Forever your Miss Excelsior, Ever Upward!

Sady L.
Thank you to all of my friends and family for their continuous love and support! Thank you for always reminding me to stay ambitious, hardworking and humble. I wouldn't be the person that I am today, without you all. It truly takes a village, and I am so blessed to live this life with each and every one of you supporting me throughout this journey. I love and appreciate you all, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds! Cheers to remarkably exciting, new and unknown adventures! With lots of love, Sady Ly

Kim M.
Grateful heart. Thank you God for everything.

Hajamaya M.
Feeling very blessed and honored for the opportunity to compete this weekend at Miss Minnesota USA. Thank you to my family and friends for the constant support. Specifically I'd like to shout out My mom for her constant support, Georgina Vaughn for my headshot, Nogzi Ashibugwo for her kind sponsorship, Cheri Paul Kennedy for coaching, and Velegar Curry for helping me with everything.

Celeste M.
Golden Valley
A big thank you to God's Child Project for seeing so much potential in me that they agreed to sponsor and be my platform. Thank you Patrick Atkinson for always being obedient to the Lord and where he leads you to go no matter the risks. A thank you that comes with a hug to Emily and Alyza for all the time, encouraging emails, and effort you put in for this to even happen. Thank you both for showing me what a world changer does and looks like. Thank you to ACR Homes for not only supporting me in this journey so I can advocate for special needs adults but also hiring me two years ago. Without being a Direct Care Provider my heart would not love and take care of others the way it does today. Thank you; Peg, Vickie, Carla &Butch, and Brandi.

Yashmin N.
St. Joseph
It is with a new day comes with new strength and new thoughts.Good luck and let your light shine on.Proudly sponsored by Anisa Beauty Studio,Green Lakes Homes,Lamina Aesthetics,Wow Spa, HopeBerry, InjxbyNat, and diarederm.

Nicole P.
Hennepin County
To my parents, thank you for the constant love and support and being my biggest fans. You have taught me to never fear regret or failure and NEVER give up. To my sisters, Sherri and Lisa, thank you being my best friends and cheering me on from 1,300 miles away! To Alex and the Colburn's, thank you for embracing my quirky self, welcoming me to your family, and supporting my dream. To Cheri, Adam, Gianna, Jorge, Lola, and Erin, thank you for being the best support system a girl could ask for! To Beau and the Cryo Cove Podcast team, thank you for giving me a platform to share my fitness journey and inspire women everywhere! Finally, to the Miss USA organization and Future Productions, thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity!

Cara R.
St. Paul
I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and encouragement. A special thank you to my great sponsors: Swor and Gatto, Evidentiary Services, Hair by Whitney Ing, After Hour Kid Power, and All About Alexa Beads. I am grateful for all of your support!

Kala S.
Scott County
I deeply appreciate everyone who has helped me along this amazing journey! I want to say a tremendous thank you to Schmidt Roofing Inc. for supporting and sponsoring me for this years state pageant! I wouldn't have this amazing opportunity without you. I want to say a huge thank you to Casie Shepherd for nutrition and fitness, Adam Spiker for fitness, Brittany Link for my amazing photos, Brenda Torre and Andrew Schmitz for makeup and hair! Finally I want to say a huge thank you to my family for your love and support! From the bottom of my heart thank you all for helping me work towards my dreams.

Katarina S.
I cannot even begin to describe my gratitude for those who have supported me on my journey in competing in the 2021 Miss Minnesota pageant. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for the overwhelming support of my friends and family. I hold each and every one of you close to my heart and keep your love and optimism with me throughout the entire process. I would like to specifically thank Colby John, and his amazing bridal team for sponsoring my evening gown. I would also love to thank Jessica Splinter and Yolie Deisch from Salon Oriana for being my beauty team and styling my hair and makeup for the competition. I am so very thankful for each and every one of you.

Hannah T.
Things done in love are done well, and each of you has shaped me into a woman I am proud to be. To my dad, mom, and brothers: everything I am and ever will be is because of you. I owe it all to you. To my co-workers and friends: you have instilled in me a sense of confidence and self-assurance that is incredibly rare. And finally, to my students: you have graciously bestowed upon me the greatest title I will ever receive - "teacher." Each day, I am reminded of the passion and purpose in my work with you, my students. As you grow big and tall, my hope for you is to find something that fuels your fire. Find something that reminds you how great life is and how capable you are. You have done this for me each time you call me "teacher."

Ellie Z.
Ramsey County
Competing in this is an opportunity I never expected to have, many people helped me along the way but there are a few I’d especially like to thank. I’d like to thank my coach, Mary Swenson, for teaching me so much and helping me to feel confident competing, Marty from Red Line graphics for the amazing photos he took for me, my parents for raising me to have big dreams and always pushing me to pursue my goals. I’d also like to thank my amazing partner Charlie for always making me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. You always support me in what I do and I couldn’t have made it through this process without you. To everyone else who has supported me in this, I know I wouldn’t be where I am without you all and I am so grateful.