WATCH | Mississippi's Asya Branch crowned Miss USA 2020

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Asya Branch was crowned Miss USA 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday 9 November.
Asya Branch was crowned Miss USA 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday 9 November.
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  • Mississippi's Asya Branch was crowned Miss USA 2020 at a ceremony held in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday.
  • The 22-year-old was the first African American to win the Miss Mississippi USA title, and now becomes the first contestant from her state to win Miss USA.
  • As the new Miss USA, Asya will move to New York where she will share an apartment with Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi.


Meet Miss USA 2020, Asya Branch!

The 22-year-old beauty queen, who took home the title of Miss Mississippi USA in October, was crowned Miss USA in a ceremony held on Monday night at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Asya made history when she became the first African American to take the Miss Mississippi USA title, according to People, and has now become the first contestant from her state to win Miss USA.

Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst looked like a dream in a statement yellow gown as she handed over her crown on the night. Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, who recently returned home for the Miss South Africa pageant, was also present for Asya's crowning, presenting the beauty queen with her new sash.

Watch the crowning below:

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As the new Miss USA, Asya will now move to New York where she will share an apartment with Zozibini.

A new Miss Teen USA was also crowned on Saturday at Graceland. Ki'ilani Arruda of Kauai, Hawaii, took the title. She became the second Hawaiian to win Miss Teen USA, CNN reports.

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