- Leah Laviano
Pageant titleholder bio
Miss Mississippi USA2008
Miss USA 2008(1st Runner-up)
Antioch, CaliforniaU.S. [cite website|url=http://www.nbc.com/Miss_USA_2008/delegates/ms.shtml|title=Miss Mississippi USA profile|publisher=NBC]
birthname= Leah Laviano
birth = birth date and age|1988|03|22
eye color= Brown
hair color= Brown
Leah Laviano is a beauty queen from
Ellisville, Mississippiwho competed in the Miss USApageant in 2008.
Laviano competed in her first
Miss Universe Organizationstate pageant in 2005, finishing first runner-up to Raegan Raulston at Miss Mississippi Teen USA2006. In 2007 she won the Miss Mississippi USA2008 title, the first time she competed in that pageant.
Mississippiat the Miss USA 2008pageant held April 11, 2008in Las Vegas, Nevada. She placed first runner-up to Crystle Stewartof Texas in the nationally televised pageant, which is the highest placement ever achieved by Mississippi in the 57 year history of the event. [cite news|title=Texas beauty wins Miss USA in Vegas -- Beats Miss. entrant to succeed Tennessean |last=Associated Press|publisher=The Commercial Appeal|date=2008-04-12|page=A6] Prior to Laviano's placement, only one titleholder, Jennifer Adcock, had placed since 1990.
Having graduated South Jones High School in 2006, Laviano went on to study English at
Jones County Junior College. [cite news|title=JCJC student Leah Laviano to represent state in Miss USA pageant|date=2008-04-11|publisher=Leader Call|first=Bess|last=Butler] She plans to continute her education in English at Ole Miss. [cite news|title=http://www.leadercall.com/local/local_story_289095343.html|publisher=Leader Call|title=Laviano to represent Mississippi in Miss USA|date=2007-10-16]
* [http://www.premierpageants.com Miss Mississippi USA official website]
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