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Melanie Shaner was Miss Kansas USA 2018

Overland Park

Miss Kansas Teen USA 2015, Semi-finalist Miss Kansas Teen USA 2014

A native of Overland Park, Melanie Shaner was crowned Miss Kansas USA 2018 on 27 November 2017 and represented Kansas at the Miss USA 2018 pageant in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Melanie is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. She will appear on the second season of Farmer Wants a Wife in 2024.

2018 bio:

Miss Kansas USA 2018 Melanie Shaner was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas where she grew up in a small, close family. Melanie is a student at the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. She is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and frequently volunteers for a local domestic violence shelter. In her free time, Melanie loves doing pilates and walking her two dogs. She is honored to represent her home state of Kansas at Miss USA, and would continue her advocacy for domestic violence awareness and prevention if she wins the crown.

Miss USA pageant photos

Competing in the Miss USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Melanie’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 Melanie’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 Melanie made during her reign, as well as other candid photos during her year.

Previous pageant photos

There’s nothing better than watching a contestant progress from year to year! Here’s a look back at Melanie’s previous pageant photos from her year as Miss Kansas Teen USA 2015.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Melanie’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Alyssa Klinzing as Miss Kansas USA 2019.  Both will appear on reality tv shows in 2024.

After the crown

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

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