Sunday night at 9 pm June 16, 51 young, beautiful and talented young ladies will be vying to be the next Miss USA and one contestant has that little something extra, Miss Virginia got branded. You can actually see the blonde-haired student getting the brand in the video below, that she posted up on YouTube!
Miss West Virginia Chelsea Welch has a permanent souvenir from her time spent in Tanzania where she spent time studying abroad when she was a student. It is a perfectly round circle on her back, that she decided to let the Massai tribe “brand” on her back.
The 22 year-old grad student explained, “The Massai, they put a lot of burns and scars on their body. They think it beautifies them. So at the end of my trip they asked if I wanted to receive one of their traditional circle brands, so I thought, ‘Well why not, let’s go for it.'”
The Miss West Virginia title holder only recently posted a “Road to the Crown” video with an image of herself getting the distinctive mark. When anyone asks for the meaning of the circular brand, Welch readily admits that she doesn’t know. She said, “The circle, they think is just a beautiful shape, I don’t think there really is a specific meaning to the shape,” she said.
But the Miss USA Contestant doesn’t want people to think that she is overly impulsive. She revealed that she only got the brand after she had, “thought about it for awhile.” She said, “I thought, well, if I ever do a pageant one day or model one day, I’d want it in a place where I could easily hide it. So I have it on my upper back.”
But the biggest concern that Chelsea had wasn’t about the pain, or what the panel of pageant judges might think. Her biggest worry was about her Mom!
The Miss USA contestant revealed, “I didn’t tell my mom because I knew she’d be mad at me. I had a friend take my photo while it was happening and I uploaded it as my profile picture on Facebook and that was the first time that my mom knew that I did it and she called me so upset.”
Apparently, Miss Welch is one of the leading candidate’s for the title of Miss USA. If she wins, she could become a real “brand” name!
The Miss USA beauty pageant takes place every year. A group of 51 beauty queens from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia are preparing to woo and win the hearts of the panel of Miss USA judges so that they can become the next Miss USA title holder.
The Reigning queen Nana Meriwether will relinquish her crown and the posh New York apartment that comes with it at the 62nd annual event. She will usher in her successor during the competition Sunday evening at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Most of the beauty queen contestants will be sent home in the preliminary rounds. After the pageants fashion show competition the hopeful Miss USA’s will be narrowed down to 15. The remaining young ladies will then compete for the crown in the three remaining competitions: swimsuit, evening gown and the interview.
Contestants cannot have been married or have children and they must be younger than 27.
Luckily for Chelsea Welch there are no Miss USA restrictions on getting a brand!
Miss USA doesn’t feature a talent event or a charity mission. The judging panel this year will include the OTT fashion designer Betsey Johnson, Biggest Loser star Bob Harper and the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me personality Mo Rocca.
The pageant will air live on NBC on Sunday June 16 and will be hosted by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers pop act and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News.” There will be performances by the Jonas Brothers and DJ Pauly D.
As the network co-owns the parent Miss Universe Organization with Donald Trump, tonight’s winner will go on to represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant in the winter. Last year’s Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, won that international crown, becoming the first Miss USA to ascend to Miss Universe in 16 years.
All the Miss USA hopefuls have been staying at the Planet Hollywood casino for the past week, but they haven’t had time to hit the flashing slot machines or to try the oversized novelty drinks at the plush casino. But after tonight, most of the young ladies will have to return to “the real world.”
The night’s winner will also become a spokeswoman for breast and ovarian cancer awareness and other causes, while traveling to promote the organisation. So the Miss USA contestant who got branded may be the first title holder to have her own “brand” and she might just start a new and somewhat painful trend.
By Michael Smith