Brains, Beauty and Character on Display at the 64th Annual MISS USA® Pageant

Broadcast LIVE Sunday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET on REELZ Channel

Jul 09, 2015, 08:30 ET from The Miss Universe Organization

NEW YORK, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 51 contestants at the MISS USA pageant, the event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will forever shape the course of their lives.  More than ever, this pageant is about the contestants.  All 51 have worked hard to get here.  Whoever wins, all 51 are committed to using their skills and the platform they have earned to help women across the globe empower themselves to be self-confident, and strive to be their personal best.

During their reign, and beyond, our titleholders and contestants enrich others through humanitarian efforts affecting positive change on the issues and causes they are passionate about.  Last year alone, Miss Universe titleholders helped raise $3.5 million for charities.

All 51 have compelling stories worth telling.  Here are some of them:

You can see more of their stories here:

The 2015 MISS USA® Pageant will telecast LIVE on Sunday, July 12 from The Baton Rouge River Center at 8 p.m. ET on REELZ Channel.  Find REELZ in your area by visiting The pageant will also be streamed LIVE on

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be "Confidently Beautiful." The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® beauty pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss USA's official cause to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer education and prevention please visit:

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