A Donald Trump-supporting singer who loves guns was crowned Miss USA on Monday.
Asya Branch, a 22-year-old Black woman from Mississippi, was named Miss USA — a beauty pageant once owned by Trump — during the finals at Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. She became the first Mississippian to win the title, two years after becoming the first Black woman to win the Miss Mississippi crown.
“I’ve dealt with racism, I’ve dealt with bullying, from having an incarcerated parent,” Branch said after the win, according to the Daily Mail, adding that “staying true to who you are” was why she succeeded.
Branch sang the U.S. national anthem at a rally for Trump in Southaven, Miss. in October 2018. She has visited the White House during Trump’s presidency, participating in a roundtable on justice reform a month later.
During the pageant, Branch, a marketing major at the University of Mississippi, talked about wanting to bring a divided U.S. together.
“I think this is an issue of trust,” Branch said. “We’ve lost trust in the systems that seem to keep our country running, from the media to business to our government.