Shreveport native Lauren Vizza, Miss Louisiana USA 2018, is ready to compete for the title of Miss USA live May 21 on FOX from Shreveport. However, she never imagined the competition would take place in her hometown.
“To be able to say that now I am one of those competitors, and not only am I competing at Miss USA, but I am doing it at the Hirsch (Coliseum) in my hometown, it’s next level,” Vizza said. “It totally blows my mind.”
Vizza watched the pageant when she was a little girl, when Miss USA and sister pageant Miss Teen USA was last held in Shreveport more than two decades ago. That inspiration carried her to compete in pageants, and women like her who compete are more than just pretty faces.
“Our current Miss USA, you know, she is a rocket scientist, litterally,” Vizza said. “Isn’t that the coolest thing? You’ve got girls running for office now that are elected officials, attorneys… they’re anchors… anything you can imagine, these women are doing it (competing for Miss USA), because it teaches you all these life skills.”
Vizza works as a morning anchor and reporter for KTAL-TV in Shreveport. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and History.
Despite Vizza being no stranger to pageants, having represented Louisiana in the Miss America pageant system in 2012, winning the Miss Louisiana USA title was no easy task. “It took me five tries to win the title of Miss Louisiana USA,” she said.
Vizza is looking forward to representing Louisiana at Miss USA to its fullest.
“I am representing Louisiana in every phase,” Vizza said. “The fact I am wearing the Louisiana gown, and it is in Louisiana, and it is in Shreveport in my hometown, and you picked that out way before any of that was a reality? It is really exciting.”
Video package courtesy KTAL-TV in Shreveport.