Miss USA 2013: Meet The 51 Contestants Competing In The Beauty Pageant [PHOTOS]

The 2013 Miss USA pageant is just around the corner, and the bikini- and evening gown-clad contestants are just about ready to show if they have what it takes to earn the crown. On Sunday, 51 women will compete at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Fifteen semifinalists will be chosen before the pageant, where the winner will be announced on the primetime telecast. Up until Saturday, fans can vote their favorite contestant into the semifinals on the official Miss USA Facebook page or on www.missusa.com. The Miss USA pageant will air live on NBC on Sunday, beginning at 9 p.m. EST. The judges are Bob Harper, designer Betsey Johnson, Bravo star NeNe Leakes, “Hot in Cleveland” star Wendie Malick, “Duck Dynasty” actress Jessica Robertson, footballer Larry Fitzgerald, former WWE Diva Nikki Bella, correspondent Mo Rocca and singer Christina Milian.

The ladies, from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will display a variety of talents and poise, vying for the title. The Miss USA pageant began in 1952 with a local bathing beauty competition launched by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, Calif. More than 60 years later, it has evolved into much more than your average beauty pageant. Contestants are required to display a talent, answer tough questions in an interview and show poise and grace.

Contestants in the pageant and in the Miss Universe Organization are expected to display “those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others,” according to the Miss USA official website.

The Miss USA competition is part of the Miss Universe Organization, owned by Donald Trump and NBC. Miss USA contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 27 to compete, and the winner goes on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, which will be held in Russia this year for the first time.

Check out all 51 Miss USA 2012 contestants in the photos below. Who is your favorite?

Miss USA Contestants Miss Alabama: Mary Margaret McCord.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Alaska: Melissa McKinney.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Arizona: Rachel Massie.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Arkansas: Hannah Billingsley.  Miss USA Miss USA ContestantsMiss USA Contestants Miss USA Contestants Miss California: Mabelynn Capeluj.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Colorado: Amanda Wiley.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Connecticut: Erin Brady.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Delaware: Rachel Baiocco.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss District of Columbia: Jessica Frith.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Florida: Michelle Aguirre.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Georgia: Brittany Sharp.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Hawaii: Brianna Acosta.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Idaho: Marissa Wickland.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Illinois: Stacie Juris.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Indiana: Emily Hart  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Iowa: Richelle Orr.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Kansas: Staci Klinginsmith.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Kentucky: Allie Leggett.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Louisiana: Kristen Girault.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Maine: Ali Clair.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Maryland: Kasey Staniszewski.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Massachusetts: Sarah Kidd.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Michigan: Jaclyn Schultz.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Minnesota: Danielle Hooper.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Mississippi: Paromita Mitra.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Missouri: Ellie Holtman.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Montana: Kacie West.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Nebraska: Ellir Lorenzen.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Nevada: Chelsea Caswell.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss New Hampshire: Amber Faucher.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss New Jersey: Libell Duran.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss New Mexico: Kathleen Danzer.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss New York: Joanne Nosuchinsky.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss North Carolina: Ashley Love-Mills.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss North Dakota: Stephanie Erickson.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Ohio: Kristin Smith.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Oklahoma: Makenzie Muse.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Oregon: Gabrielle Neilan.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Pennsylvania: Jessica Billings.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Rhode Island: Brittany Stenovitch.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss South Carolina: Megan Pinckney.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss South Dakota: Jessica Albers.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Tennessee: Brenna Mader.  Miss USA

Miss USA Contestants Miss Texas: Ali Nugent.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Utah: Marissa Powell.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Vermont: Sarah Westbrook.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Virginia: Shannon McAnally.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Washington: Cassandra Searles.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss West Virginia: Chelsea Welch.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Wisconsin: Chrissy Zamora.  Miss USA Miss USA Contestants Miss Wyoming: Courtney Gifford.  Miss USA

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