Branch shared her historic win with Miss Teen USA 2020 Ki’ilani Arruda, only the second woman from Hawaii to win the teen contest.
From the stage at the Graceland Exhibition Center in Memphis, Tennessee, Branch received questions about how to cure society’s polarization (restore trust in institutions like the media and government, he said) and gun laws. owns weapons, he said, but believes people should learn how to use them safely before getting permits.)
In an interview with Miss Mississippi USA, Branch revealed that her father was jailed for 10 years.
The contest was originally scheduled for spring 2020, but like many other major events around that time, it was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Resuming the contest this fall, the Miss Universe organization that runs Miss USA followed some clear protocols imposed by the coronavirus outbreak: contestants wore masks when off stage and when visiting landmarks such as the National Museum of Civil Rights and members of the public in Graceland. they were told to wear masks inside, their temperature measured as they entered, but physical distance was not expected for competitors.