Meet the Ladies of Miss USA

These 51 women fought tooth and nail Sunday for the Miss USA title. When the scratching and biting was over, Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, was crowned queen.

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The Miss USA pageant is here -- so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ladies.
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Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, beat them all to be crowned Miss USA.
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Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton was featured on an episode of "One Tree Hill" dancing on a bar. As the winner of the pageant she'lll be moving to New York, where she'll have plenty of opportunity to do more of that.
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Miss Alabama, Rachel Phillippona, has a 4.0 GPA and speaks two languages. We're sure that's what the judges are looking for - language fluency.
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Miss Alaska Jessica Nolin wants to work for NASA. Those NASA dudes better be prepared for lift-off.
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Alicia-Monique Blanco, Miss Arizona, has a full scholarship to Arizona State University and has her own self-esteem building organization for girls. Somehow, we think she didn't have self-esteem problems growing up.
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Chanley Painter, Miss Arkansas, is an accomplished fiddle player - and has a black belt in karate. She can kick our butts any day.
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Miss California Carrie Prejean is a basketball player at San Diego Christian College. She's what we call a slam dunk.
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Miss Colorado Patrice Williams is an avid tennis player and makes yearly visits to Germany to visit her family. Danke schoen, Williams family. Danke schoen.
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Monica Pietrzak, Miss Connecticut, works with Operation Smile to help underprivileged kids. She's also in medical sales.
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Miss District of Columbia, Nicole Annabelle White, was invited to President Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in. We're surprised he could remember his speech.
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Kate Banaszak, Miss Delaware, has swum with sharks and is an expert at handling aggressive and unruly animals. Down, boy!
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Anastagia Pierre, Miss Florida, is a biology major at Nova Southeastern University. We're no good at biology, but anatomy? That's another story.
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Miss Georgia, Kimberly Gittings, is in the ROTC in her home state. She must know how to handle a gun.
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Miss Hawaii, Aureana Tseu, is a world-renowned hula dancer. Alooooooha, Miss Hawaii. Aloha.
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Miss Idaho, Melissa Weber, claims she has the perfect recipe for apple pie. We don't really care what it tastes like, if she feeds it to us.
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Miss Illinois, Ashley Bond, is a personal trainer and dances with the NBA.
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Miss Indiana, Courtni Shabana Hall, is studying for her pilot's license. She'll have no problem turning the engines on.
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Miss Iowa, Chelsea Gauger, has been dancing since the age of 3 and has also skydived.
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Courtney Courter, Miss Kansas, is a lover of the spotlight. She's chosen the right gig - all eyes will be on her Sunday night.
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Miss Kentucky Maria Montgomery is pursuing a Master's degree in nursing. Cough...we're feeling a little sick.
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Miss Louisiana Lacey Minchew has been a back-up dancer for Wynonna Judd and Ben Vereen. What, no Britney?
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Miss Maine Ashley Underwood hopes to become a professional college basketball player, if pageants don't pan out. What recession? She's got job choices abound.
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Miss Maryland Gabrielle Carson wrestled a pig in her county fair's annual "Greased Pig Contest." That's all we have to say about that.
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Miss Massachusetts Alison Cronin is an NYU graduate who hopes someday to become an actress.
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Lindsay Tycholiz, Miss Michigan, was a Marilyn Monroe impersonator at Universal Studios. Maybe she'll recreate the Monroe look in tonight's formal competition.
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Erica Nego, Miss Minnesota, dreams of being a published author and works with HIV/AIDS organizations.
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Jessica Lauren McRaney, Miss Mississippi, claims she can pick up any object with her toes. Pick up the Empire State Building, Jessica. We challenge you.
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Stacey Smith, Miss Missouri, also took home the Most Photogenic award at the state Miss Missouri competition. Hopefully she'll smile bright enough to take home the big prize.
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Miss Montana Misti Vogt is fluent in sign language and is a U.S. Army veteran. Better watch out, girls - if you beat Misti, she'll send out the tanks.
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Miss Nebraska Meagan Winings admires Warren Buffet for his success. His billions of dollars in success.
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Christy Dunn, Miss New Hampshire, is a 23-year dance veteran and dance instructor.
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Georgina Vaughan, Miss Nevada, was the youngest intern at fashion house Dolce & Gabbana and hopes to run her own fashion firm.
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Miss New Mexico Bianca Matamoros-Koonce won a Krispy Kreme doughnut-eating contest. Then, she won a treadmill-running, working-her-butt-off contest. There's no sugar on that body.
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Miss New York Tracey Chang hopes to be a financial news correspondent and was born in Beijing.
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Miss North Dakota Kelsey Erickson has figure-skated for 11 years and hopes to be a nurse. We could skate around her figure for years, too.
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Natasha Aristea Vivoda, Miss Ohio, had vocal surgery as a child and was left with a raspy, quiet voice she now considers one of her best qualities. Judging by this picture, she's got a lot to choose from.
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Miss Oklahoma Lauren Lunday is pursuing a career in dentistry. Lucky kids who need root canals. Lucky kids.
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Sylvie Tarpinian, Miss Oregon, idolizes Gilda Ratner and hopes to pursue a comedy career like hers. Saturday Night Live, are you listening?
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Lindsay Nelsen, Miss Pennsylvania, bought her first home at the age of 20 and considers it a huge responsibility.
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Miss Rhode Island Alysha Castonguay traveled to Iraq to meet with servicemen and women and doesn't like the stereotype that pageant women are unintelligent. Well played, Alysha. Well played.
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Miss South Carolina Stephanie Smith auditioned for "American Idol" and failed. Good thing all the "AI" rejects don't end up on the Miss USA stage.
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Miss South Dakota Jessica Rowell is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. She's the prettiest Cheesehead we've ever seen.
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Miss Tennessee Kristen Motil has traveled the world as a fashion model and hopes to pursue a full-time career.
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Miss USA Brooke Nicole Daniels has her own day, "Brooke Daniels Day" named after her in her hometown. What do we have to do to get a day named after us?
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Miss Utah Laura Chukanov speaks Russian and Spanish and was born in Bulgaria. Uhh...we speak English. Does that count?
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Miss Vermont Brooke Werner hopes to someday be a CEO. Don't we all, Brooke?
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Miss Virginia Maegan Phillips is trained in classical piano and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. This is proof that not all nerds have to look like Steve Urkel.
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Tara Turnure, Miss Washington, saved her dad from falling off of a mountain. If Miss USA doesn't pan out, she can be Miss Lifesaver.
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Jessi Pierson, Miss West Virginia, graduated magna cum laude from her university.
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Miss Wisconsin Alexandra Wehrley is an activist and also works as a Ford model.
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Cynthia Pate, Miss Wyoming, is a sewing lover who's made several quilts. Care to make us a gift, Cynthia?
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