FNM Interview: Miss USA Olivia Jordan Tells Us Her 'Supreme Awkward' Talent, Reflects on Win
Twenty-six year old Olivia Jordan redefined the phrase “pretty in pink” once she strutted on stage during the evening gown portion of the 64th annual Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The blonde beauty knew exactly how to stand out among the sea of 51 contestants.
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“I’ve worn red to other pageants and I felt like I already done that before,” Jordan says. “When I went to Sherri Hill’s showroom, I saw the pink dress and thought that it was amazing! I knew that it would be controversial and crazy, but I fell in love with it and went with my gut instinct.”
Her gut instinct led her in the right direction. Not only did she leave a great impression visually, but she went on to wow audiences with her answer to a question about race relations in the United States later on — but don't assume Jordan thought she had it in the bag.
“There was never a point that I was sure until I heard my name," she tells us. "I think that’s why I had a strong reaction of joy when that happened. I felt confident in what I was doing, but you never know until you hear your state called.”
And for a moment, it looked as if the Miss USA pageant wasn’t even going to happen, namely because of the controversial comments about Mexican immigrants made by Republican presidential candidate and Miss Universe owner Donald Trump. NBC and Univision decided not to air the pageant, resulting in last-minute effort to find a new home for the broadcast.
“We were disappointed when Univision and NBC pulled out, but ultimately none of us were there to be seen on television,” Jordan admits. “The Miss Universe organization really pulled together to create a great show with the Reelz channel.”
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All the changes actually worked out in the end for the contestants. Because the original judges decided not to participate due to Trump’s political views, they were quickly replaced with Miss USA alums, which made much more sense for Jordan.
“I love how the judging situation worked out. I have already been following the stories of these women for years, and I’m inspired by them. After winning, I really felt like I was joining this crazy, exciting sisterhood.”
Only a few days into her reign, Jordan is already ready to get to work, educating people on sex trafficking in the United States and spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
And when she has a moment to spare, Jordan tells Fox News Magazine that she pursues her unique and unusual talent. “I’m a supreme awkward dancer!” she reveals. “I think it’s a hidden talent to dance in such a way that people are like, 'Wow, I’ve never seen dancing like this before,' she laughs.
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Needless to say, Jordan has no problem poking fun at herself. In fact, the fitness buff wants to star in a sitcom one day. “Someday, I would like to do something like Jane Fonda did, with my career, and combine my love with comedic acting and inspire people to live healthy lives.”
We can probably credit that dream to her obsession with the show "Friends," or the fact that she's really passionate about fitness (and can probably lift more weights than you), but it proves that Jordan isn't afraid to dream big. Plus, she really wants nothing more than to be a positive role model for her generation.
“You can do anything that you put your mind to," says Jordan. "If you put in the work and energy and you do it with love, all your dreams can come true.”
Well said Miss USA. Well said.
For a few more photos from this year's pageant, have a look below.