Miss Florida USA 2015 results!

Miss Florida USA 2015 is first-time contestant Ashleigh Lollie!  Ashleigh is from Grand Ridge, northwest of Tallahassee, and is the first Panhandle titleholder since 2006.  Ashleigh also won Miss Photogenic - the first Miss Photogenic winner to win Miss Florida USA since Angelia Savage in 1997!

Only one of the many returning runners-up made it to the top five, with 2014 third runner-up Kailyn Perez placing first runner-up.  Second runner-up was Jessica Voight, a semi-finalist last year and third and fourth runners-up Lacey Morgan & Heather Martin were both competing for the first time.

In many respects this was a surprise top five, which few people watching the pageant predicted.  Left in the top 16 were three of last year’s runners-up: Linette De Los Santos, three-time runner-up Brie Gabrielle and two-time runner-up Melissa Ramirez.  Quite a few shocks - I thought for sure Brie & Melissa, along with Pageant Update interviewee Mel Ziegler would make it through.  Congratulations to past non-finalists Natalie Carbonell & Ana Perez for breaking into the semi-finals for the first time.  

Florida often years some amazing contestants out of the top 16 and this year was no different. I was particularly surprised that Rachel Stacy and Anh Do did not make the top 15, along with Valetina Esquivel and Elise Lobb.

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Miss Florida USA 2015 - Ashleigh Lollie 
1RU: Kailyn Perez (3RU 14)
2RU: Jessica Voigt (SF 14)
3RU: Lacey Morgan
4RU: Heather Martin

Semi-finalists:
Natalie Carbonell (NF 12)
Melissa Ramirez (4RU 14, 1RU 12, NF  FL TUSA 10))
Brianna Esteves
LInette De Los Santos (2RU 14, NF 13)
Melissa Ziegler
Sarah Rogers  (SF FL TUSA 14)
Marissa Danish (4RU 12)
Celine Pelofi 
Ana Perez (NF 13)
Brittany Lugo (SF 14, NF 13)
Brie Gabrielle (1RU 14, 2RU CA USA 13, 1RU CA USA 12, T10 CA TUSA 07, T10 CA TUSA 06)

Miss Amity: Crystal Stephens
Miss Photogenic: Ashleigh Lollie

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Ashleigh Lollie, Kailyn Perez, Jessica Voight, Lacey Morgan, Heather Martin

Ashleigh Lollie, who competed as Miss Emerald Coast USA, is Miss Florida USA 2015!  She is 23 and from Grand Ridge, a small town northwest of Tallahassee.  Ashleigh is the first winner from the Florida panhandle since Cristin Duren in 2006!  She was competing for the first time and also won the Miss Photogenic award.  There are more photos of the competition and full results on my Facebook page (click the link).

Ashleigh Lollie, who competed as Miss Emerald Coast USA, is Miss Florida USA 2015!  She is 23 and from Grand Ridge, a small town northwest of Tallahassee.  Ashleigh is the first winner from the Florida panhandle since Cristin Duren in 2006!  She was competing for the first time and also won the Miss Photogenic award.  There are more photos of the competition and full results on my Facebook page (click the link).

Miss Florida USA 2015 will be crowned July 12!

Every year between Miss USA and Miss Teen USA the state pageant season kicks off in the Sunshine State!  This year the state pageant finals are July 12.

Before we get on to the contestants I want to send my congratulations to Brittany Oldehoff for bringing Florida their first top five placement since 2006!  Brittany was very much a fan favourite throughout her year as Miss Florida USA and represented her state with style.  

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You can see all the contestant headshots here.  One thing I always notice with FL is they have a very high retention rate, with many returning contestants who have been runners-up, semi-finalists and non-finalists previously.  This year there are 70 contestants, similar numbers to last year.  There are no former Teens competing but this is truly a battle of the former runners-up with all four of last year’s back as well as one from 2012 and a number of past Teen runners-up too!  There are also a couple of contestants who have competed in VA in the past and one from Massachusetts.

Girls to look out for (this is just their significant placements, for a full list hit “read more” at the end of this post):

  • Brie Gabrielle - 1RU ‘14, 2RU CA USA ‘13, 1RU CA USA ‘12 (click here to read my interview with Brie!)
  • Linette De Los Santos - 2RU ‘14
  • Kailyn Perez - 3RU ‘14
  • Melissa Ramirez - 4RU ‘14, 1RU ‘12
  • Connor Boss - 4RU ‘13, 2RU FL Teen USA ‘12, other NF placements
  • Marissa Danish - 4RU ‘12 - barely recognised her with the long hair, what a transformation!
  • Elise Lobb - 4RU FL TUSA ‘13
  • Anh Do - 4RU FL TUSA ‘09
  • Christina Nicholson - 4RU VA TUSA ‘08
  • Rachel Stacy SF VA USA ‘14, SF VA USA ‘13 - should have made top 5 by now in my opinion ;)
  • Jessica Voigt - SF ‘14, looks to have improved hugely since then as well
  • Melissa Ziegler - newbie who caught my eye
  • Taisha-Monet Smellie - past Miss Bahamas Universe contestant 

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Brie Gabrielle, Linette De Los Santos, Kailyn Perez, Melissa Ramirez, Connor Boss, Marissa Danish, Elise Lobb, Anh Do, Christina Nicholson, Rachel Stacy, Jessica Voigt, Melissa Ziegler

This year the pageant will be hosted by Miss USA 2004 Susie Castillo and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessy with assistance from Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi and Miss Florida USA 2014 Brittany Oldehoff which is exciting!

For the full list of contestants & past placements hit “read more”:

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