The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) annouced Reno-Tahoe will host the 2019 Miss USA® competition for the first time ever. Alexandria native Victoria Paul will compete for the title, representing Louisiana.

MUO has also announced that Vanessa and Nick Lachey will return to host for the second year in a row.  The competition will take place inside Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s (GSR) Grand Theatre, located in Reno, Nev.-Tahoe, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. CT live on FOX 48.

The 2019 Miss USA® competition is a two-hour special event, which concludes with Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers crowning her successor. Women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA.

Victoria Paul, Miss Louisiana USA 2019, is a 26 year-old practical nurse from Alexandria who practiced specialty nursing for two years in dermatology before transititoning into emergent care.  She faced many challenges in her early life, as her family once lived in a homeless shelter during her childhood.

To learn more about Paul, and all of this year’s contestants, visit

Actress, host and former pageant winner Vanessa Lachey and multi-Platinum recording artist and television personality Nick Lachey return as hosts for the annual event, marking the second time the two will take the Miss USA stage together. Holding the title of Miss Teen USA 1998, as well as Miss Congeniality, Vanessa is a pageant veteran and has also served as a backstage correspondent for Miss USA® in 2001 and co-host of Miss Universe® in 2007.

Where North America’s largest alpine lake meets the “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno-Tahoe is a four-season, resort destination that mixes arts and culture, Western heritage, Nevada-style special events and the great outdoors to create the perfect getaway for any traveler, adventurer or competitor.

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