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Merissa Underwood was Miss Montana USA 2020


Non-finalist Miss CA USA 2019, Semi-finalist 2018, Non-finalist 2016, Non-finalist 2013

A Californian who resided in Missoula, Merissa Underwood was crowned Miss Montana USA on 15 September 2019 and represented Montana at the Miss USA 2020 pageant in Memphis, Tennessee. She is an Animal Rights Activist and Environmentalist – which caused a degree of friction with local farmers during her reign.

2020 bio:

“Merissa is a Political Science and Journalism major. She has spent her entire life horseback riding competitively in 3-Day Eventing which led her to become an Animal Rights Activist & Environmentalist, volunteering with various animal rights & environmental organizations. She is passionate about raising awareness about the correlation between Factory Farming and Climate Change. Music has long been a love in her life as she is a poet, songwriter, music producer, and DJ in her spare time.​​”

Miss USA pageant photos

Competing in the Miss USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Merissa’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 Merissa’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 Merissa 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 Merissa’s previous pageant photos from her years competing in California.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Merissa’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Jami Forseth as Miss Montana USA 2021.

After the crown

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

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