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.
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.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Cora’s state pageant photos.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
Cora was fourth runner-up to Alyssa Beasley at Miss Georgia USA 2020.
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.