The ranks of 51 beauty queens from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia competing for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas has been cut to 15.
Miss Texas, Miss South Carolina and Miss California were among the long-haired, super-fit women who remained in the competition after the first cut Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas.
Also making the cut were beauties from Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Nevada, Connecticut and Utah.
The women were chosen based on competitions and interviews done during the week before the telecast.
They will vie now for the crown in three arenas: swimsuit, evening gown and interview question.
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