A native of Springfield who resided in Kansas City during her reign, Megan Renee Kelly was crowned Miss Missouri USA on 1 December 2019 and represented Missouri at the Miss USA 2020 pageant in Memphis, Tennessee. A sufferer of endometriosis, Megan created #PainIsNotNormal, a social movement that empowers women to share their stories and be heard.
Megan Renee Kelly is the Communications and Marketing Director for the sister companies- Kelly & Company, All Detainment Solutions, and Dynomite Fireworks in southwest Missouri. She also freelances as a web and graphic designer for various businesses across the nation.
She is a graduate from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication with a double emphasis in graphic design and fashion. While at Stephens she was an active member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and served as the Philanthropy chair for two years, breaking fundraising records both years. She also attended the University of Westminster in London, England where she studied International Business and plans on pursuing a career in International Business Law. One of her proudest accomplishments is that she is a first generation college graduate and graduated completely debt-free! Megan Renee is very passionate about politics and women’s health reform and ideally would love to incorporate these passions in to her career.
A few things she enjoys are spending time with her family, volunteering, creating tasty plant based meals, hiking through exotic locations with her dad, learning new languages, acting, modeling, and cheering in the stands of Arrowhead as a dedicated member of the Chiefs Kingdom. She especially enjoys traveling internationally, even solo, and has lived in London, England.
Securing the job of Miss Missouri USA has been a life long dream for Megan Renee. She plans to use her year to serve the state of Missouri, especially by advocating for chronic illness and endometriosis awareness, research, and education. Other causes she is passionate about include, but are not limited to, are: Camp Barnabas, Smile Train, the Ronald McDonald House, the Robbie Page Memorial Fund, 87 and Running, and the Miss Amazing Pageant.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Megan’s state pageant photos.
Watch Megan’s life change as she is crowned Miss Missouri USA 2020. Her successor Joye Forrest, a semi-finalist and Miss Congeniality in 2020, can be seen behind her to our right.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
There’s nothing better than watching a contestant progress from year to year. Here’s a look back at Megan’s years competing at Miss Missouri Teen USA.
All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Megan’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Joye Forrest as Miss Missouri USA 2021.
Becoming a “Vanbros girl” (the state pageants directed by the Vannattas are Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma) gives you a tight knit group of sash sisters. Here Megan’s “after the crown” photos.