Elle Smith, alumna of University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism and Media, won the 2021 Miss USA pageant Monday after previously being crowned Miss Kentucky.
Smith graduated with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science in May 2020. according to her biography from WHAS11, where she works as a reporter. According to WHAS11, while at UK, she was vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists, a videographer for SEC Network and UK Athletics and a reporter for the Student News Network.
Social media was flooded with messages of support and celebration following Smith’s win. A tweet from WHAS11 said, “Our Elle Smith is your new MISS USA!”
Smith tweeted, “Kentucky this is a win for us all!!!!!”
She will representing the USA in Eliat, Israel, for the 2021 Miss Universe pageant, which will take place on Dec. 12.
GOD IS SO GOOD. I am thrilled to be your Miss USA 2021!!!! Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey. Kentucky this is a win for us all!!!!! pic.twitter.com/gbrkyxOKt9— Elle Smith (@ellesmithtv) December 1, 2021
WOW!!! This is quite the accomplishment!! Our Elle Smith is your new MISS USA! pic.twitter.com/ixWQ9FADSR— WHAS11 News (@WHAS11) November 30, 2021