[ 2007-03-26 09:28 ]
|Rachel Renee Smith, Miss Tennessee USA 2007, is crowned by
Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner after winning the Miss USA 2007 pageant on
Friday, March 23, 2007, in Los Angeles.[AP]|
Rachel Smith, a journalism
graduate from Tennessee, was crowned Miss USA on Friday,
edging out 50 other aspiring beauty
queens in a contest to replace a titleholder whose reign was nearly marred by a
Smith, 21, of Clarksville, Tenn., graduated from Belmont University and
interned last year for the
production company behind "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were vying to
succeed Miss USA Tara Conner, who entered rehab after accounts surfaced
suggesting she was boozing at New
York clubs. The episode might have cost the Kentucky native her crown, but
Donald Trump, who co-owns the pageant with NBC, gave her a second chance.
The telecast didn't shy away from the controversy, opening with a string of
news and interview clips about Conner's woes. Then, the 21-year-old blonde
emerged wearing a strapless, ruffled gown, and appeared on stage.
"It has been the most unforgettable year of my life and I'm back, and better
than ever," Conner said to wild applause from the audience at the Kodak Theater.
Smith edged out top finalists Meagan Yvonne Tandy of California; Cara Renee
Gorges of Kansas; Helen Salas of Nevada; and Danielle Lacourse of Rhode Island.
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