Born: Middlesbrough, England, UK
The Miss Louisiana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss America pageant. Although no delegate from Louisiana has ever won the Miss America title, four have placed 1st runner-up. Louisiana is the only former Confederate state without a Miss America title. The pageant is held the last week of June at the W. L. Jack Howard Theatre, named for the late Mayor W. L. "Jack" Howard and located in downtown Monroe adjacent to the Civic Center. The 2013 pageant is the fiftieth to have been held in Monroe. Laryssa Bonacquisti of Baton Rouge was crowned Miss Louisiana 2017 on June 24, 2017 at Jack Howard Theatre in Monroe, Louisiana. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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