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Cora Lynn Griffen was Miss Georgia USA 2021


4th runner-up 2020

A native of Columbus, Cora Lynn Griffen was crowned Miss Georgia USA on 20 February 2021 and represented Georgia at the Miss USA 2021 pageant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a first-generation college graduate from Auburn University with a degree in political science and with a minor in communications.

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2021 bio:

Representing the state of Georgia for 2021 is 24-year-old, Cora Griffen. She is a first-generation college graduate from Auburn University with a degree in political science along with a minor in communications. Along with her degree from Auburn, she was also a collegiate cheerleader for the Tigers and pursues other talents including singing, modeling and vlogging.

Growing up in an underserved community, Cora had many obstacles in her life as a young child. Equipped to face adversity at a young age, she now uplifts and encourages young girls to grow through the challenges presented in life. Several years ago, Cora began her pageantry journey and attributes all of her success to learning from the loss and rejection she faced in her life. In 2020, Cora created the “Beautifully Purposed Project” where she champions young girls’ self-esteem and confidence. Through her meaningful discussions, Cora connects with each girl and leads them to gaining increased levels of self-esteem and authenticity. She believes the way we inspire change is to share personal stories with the next generation of leaders. This openness facilitates genuine dialog and a greater empathy towards others.

Cora will spend the next year traveling the state of Georgia as a brand ambassador for the Miss Georgia USA organization along with furthering her personal ambitions in public speaking, modeling, and television.

Miss USA pageant photos

Competing in the Miss USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Cora’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 Cora’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 passed on her crown, here’s a look at all the appearances Cora made during her reign, as well as other candid photos during her year.

Previous pageant photos

Cora was fourth runner-up to Alyssa Beasley at Miss Georgia USA 2020.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Cora’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Holly Haynes as Miss Georgia USA 2022.

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