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Meet Miss USA Olivia Jordan– competing Sunday for the Miss Universe title

Olivia Jordan is foremost socially minded, and an advocate for equality for all. The 27-year-old Tulsa, Okla. native represents the USA this week as she competes for the title of Miss Universe on Sunday, Dec. 20 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Ms. Jordan, blonde-haired, 5 feet 11 inches tall, is as smart as she is pretty; she attended Boston University where she earned a B.S. in Health Science, and was a member of the sorority, Alpha Phi. Professionally, she is a model and actress, and has appeared in national and international commercials and feature films, including Hot Tub Time Machine 2. As a model, she has traveled the world, walked in the Miami Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014, and featured in Cosmo, Shape and Vogue Japan publications.

As a social advocate in pursuit of equality for all, Ms. Jordan was recognized by Children of the Night, a group dedicated to getting U.S. children out of prostitution. She was also the 2015 host for the Oklahoma Chapter Alzheimer’s Association Memory Gala, which raised $2 million. She has also posed for the NoH8 (No “Hate”) campaign, which promotes acceptance and love of all people. 

“Not only are we a relatively young country, we are a country of immigrants from around the world. We are a nation with a high tolerance for religious expression and passion for freedom and democracy. It is incumbent on the youth of today to embrace these important legacies,” she said in a quote she gave to the Miss Universe 2015 organizers.

This quote really resonated with me, given the political debate in America over Syrian refugees. It is my hope that as Miss USA, and if she wins MISS UNIVERSE 2015, Ms. Jordan will be a voice for those that need an advocate to help them live a better life. This is a life where humans are welcomed to find refugee from the devastation of war and intolerance– isn’t this value what America was founded upon?

Good luck to you, Miss USA Olivia Jordan, as you represent America with grace and beauty.

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