Miss USA Rachel Smith wants to be a reporter, but she doesn't want to "end up like Katie Couric."

"I always wanted to be a reporter — maybe some TV. Who knows? Some serious news — but some modeling, too," she said at the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network event last week, according to the New York Daily News.

"I just don't want to end up like Katie Couric. I want people to take me seriously."

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(Couric's rep later responded: "If she continues to offer such profound insight, she will not have to worry about anyone taking her seriously.")

Miss Smith also told the News that she is not a party girl ... but she admits to celebrating by herself the night she won her title.

"I was wearing, like, a hot pink Rocawear sweatsuit and paraded around my room at the Waldorf, just dancing with my crown!" she said.