LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (HawaiiNewsNow) – Miss Hawaii USA Chelsea Hardin was first runner-up in Miss USA 2016, just ahead of winner Deshauna Barber of District of Columbia.
The event took place on Sunday evening at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Hardin was asked some tough questions. One question that got mixed reactions from the crowd was whether they would vote for likely candidate Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, who is the pageant’s former owner.
Hardin responded that the new president should stand up for what is right for the country and that gender does not matter when it comes to electing the president.
After the competition, Hardin posted on her Instagram account: “Thanks to everyone for the love and support! That’s more than I could ever have wished for! What an amazing experience to meet so many great people and make endless memories. “
Born and raised in Hawaii, Hardin, 24, is a graduate of the Iolani School and California Polytechnic State University. Hardin, an NCAA Division 1 volleyball player, said she also enjoys surfing, hiking, canoeing, and diving for clams.
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