Organized to be an innovative event that prioritizes the health and safety of the contestants, audience, and crew, the nationally televised pageant and related events will take place in the Exhibition Center and the Soundstage at Graceland, two concert-and-event spaces located at the Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex across the street from the Presley mansion.
The Miss USA event will be preceded on Nov. 7 by its younger sibling pageant, the Miss Teen USA competition, for young women ages 14-19. This will mark a return visit to Memphis for Miss Teen USA: The second pageant in the competition’s history was held at the old Memphis Cook Convention Center on April 3, 1984.
Women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia are expected to come to Memphis to participate in each of the pageants. When you think about the NBA being in a bubble, this is going to be similar, said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings LLC and majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “Graceland affords the ability to do that.
Created along with the Miss Universe pageant in 1952 as a glitzier, sexier rival to the then 31-year-old Miss America competition, Miss USA in recent years has probably been mentioned in the news most frequently due to its association with Donald Trump, who — in partnership with NBCUniversal for much of the time — owned the Miss Universe Organization from 1996 to 2015.