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Cassandra Kunze was Miss California USA 2014

San Diego


Top 10 & Photogenic at Miss USA 2014

A native of San Diego, Cassandra Kunze was crowned Miss California USA on 5 January 2014 and represented California at the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She won California’s first Photogenic award in over 20 years.

Gail Bowman

2014 bio:

Cassandra Kunze is a twenty-year-old California girl born and raised in San Diego. She is a junior at San Diego State University studying Television, Film & New Media and International Security & Conflict Resolution. She grew up dancing ballet at California Ballet School and is a self taught pianist. Cassandra loves playing flag football as well as baseball, track & field, golf, ultimate frisbee and paddle boarding. She has traveled to Costa Rica, the Caribbean and to Israel as a U.S. student ambassador. She is the middle child of three, having an older and younger brother. Her parents’ divorced when she was seven years old and she now has a wonderful stepfather, stepbrother and stepmother. Cassandra’s favorite quote is “a day without laughter is a day wasted” and believes that optimism is key to making the most of every day.

Miss USA pageant photos

Competing in the Miss USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Cassandra’s official Miss USA photos.

State pageant photos

The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Cassandra’s state pageant photos.

Professional photos

Lights, camera, action!  Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.

Candid & Appearance photos

From events straight after her crowning to her final appearances before she passes on her crown, here’s a look at all the appearances Cassandra made during her reign, as well as other candid photos during her year.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Cassandra’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Natasha Martinez as Miss California USA 2015.

After the crown

Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are Cassandra’s “after the crown” photos.

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