"Lafayette is a great place to visit where their excellent Cajun cuisine matches their fun and playful attitudes," explains Paula Miles, Executive Director. "The food is the best in the world and the people could not be more friendly, which is one of the many reasons we keep coming back!"
The pageants are the Official State Preliminaries to the Miss USA® and Miss Teen USA® Pageants, which are part of the Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal Partnership. Miss Louisiana USA 2012, Erin Edmiston, was a top 16 finalist at the nationally televised Miss USA Pageant in June.
The pageants will feature qualified contestants between the ages of 14-26, who will compete in interview, swimsuit and evening gown competitions. They will be vying for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes as well as the ability to travel the state promoting the pageants and its charitable alliances. RPM Productions has been a subsidiary of the Miss Universe Organization since 1980. They have produced the Miss South Carolina USA Pageant since 1980, the Miss Louisiana USA Pageant since 1990, the Miss North Carolina USA Pageant since 1992, and the Miss Alabama USA Pageant since 2011. In Mrs. Miles’ first year with the Miss Universe Organization, her very first winner, Shawn Weatherly, won the Miss Universe Pageant in Seoul, Korea. In the following years, her company has produced 4 Miss USA's, 2 Miss Teen USA's and 1 Miss World.
Prospective contestants may apply online at www.misslouisianausa.com. Applicants must be a resident of Louisiana, a single female who has never been married and never had a child, and a United States citizen. Those wishing to apply must be between 18 and 26-years-old for Miss Louisiana USA, or 14 and 19-years-old for Miss Louisiana Teen USA as of February 1st, 2013.