Miss USA 2016: Meet The Jury Members
Miss USA 2016 is scheduled to take place on 5th June 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the conclusion of the coronation night of the 65th edition of Miss USA pageant, Olivia Jordan, the reigning Miss USA from Oklahoma will be crowning her successor.
The grand coronation gala of Miss USA 2016 will also highlight the live performances by best-selling artists, Backstreet Boys and Grammy® Nominated Country Music star, Chris Young.
While the hosts and musical performances of the show has already been announced, let’s meet the honourable jury panel, who will decide the fate of delegates vying to represent the United States of America in the coming edition of Miss Universe.
Ali Landry is a former Miss Louisiana USA and Miss USA. She became a household name as the Doritos spokeswoman and 1998 Super Bowl heartthrob, later earning a starring role on “Eve” from 2003 to 2006, and recurring roles on “Felicity,” “Two Guys and a Girl,” “Sunset Beach,” “Superstars” and “Popular.” She also has hosted the Golden Globes Awards pre-show, “Fashion Wrap,” the music-talk show “FarmClub.com,” “Spy TV” and “Full Frontal Fashion.” In film, she’s starred in “Bella” and “Little Boy.” In 2012, Landry co-created, co-executive produced and co- hosted TV Guide Network’s reality series, “Hollywood Girls Night.”
Crystle Stewart is a former Miss USA. After placing in runner-up positions several times, Stewart won the title of Miss Texas on her fifth attempt. Stewart currently stars in the Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse.” She is a silver medal winner in the 4×400 meter relay during the 1994 Junior Olympics. The University of Houston graduate is a fourth generation educator and teacher. She is also the founder of her own company, Inside/Out. Stewart works closely with many charitable causes including Best Buddies, as a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation, and also has worked as a Special Education Teacher’s Aid at Elkins High School.
Joe Zee is currently the Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Fashion. Zee co- hosts FABLife, and has just released his new lifestyle & fashion memoire “THAT’S WHAT FASHION IS: Lessons and Stories from My Non-Stop, Mostly Glamorous Life in Style.” In 2010, Zee became host, mentor and Executive Producer of non-fiction series, “All On The Line With Joe Zee.” Also on television, Zee has been a judge on reality show, “Stylista,” and has had multiple guest spots on “Ugly Betty,” “Gossip Girl,” and “The City.” In film, he was the Fashion Consultant for Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters in “Zoolander.” Zee was formerly the Creative Director of ELLE magazine, and prior to that held positions at Details, W, Allure, House and Garden, Vanity Fair and also served as Editor-in-Chief of his own magazines that he conceived at Conde Nast/Fairchild as Vitals and Vitals for Women.
Laura Brown joined Harper’s BAZAAR in 2005. In addition to securing and conceptualizing Bazaar’s cover stories, she has orchestrated some of the magazine’s greatest coups: she sent The Simpsons to Paris, America’s greatest designers to Sesame Street and has made others – thanks to a partnership with artist Liu Bolin – completely disappear. She has also collaborated with directors Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Mike Nichols, James Cameron, Pedro Almodovar, Tim Burton and The Artist’s Michel Hazanavicius on film and fashion portfolios. Brown broke the exclusive interview with Janet Jackson after the death of her brother Michael and has profiled influential women including Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama alongside celebrities Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet, and Jane Fonda, among others.
Brown hosts her own YouTube series “The Look” and “In and Out of Fashion,” on Apple TV’s M2M network. She was a featured judge alongside Iman and Isaac Mizrahi on “The Fashion Show.”
But before these eminent judges judge the semi-finalists of Miss USA 2016 on the grand coronation gala, the contestants will have to surpass the Preliminary Competition. Let’s meet the judges of Preliminary Competition, who will prepare the list of Top 15 semi-finalists.
Fred Nelson is the President/Executive Producer of the People’s Choice Awards, the annual live broadcast celebrating fan favorites in movies, music and TV. He was also the Co-Executive Producer of The World Series of Pop Culture on VH1. Nelson was chosen as a pop culture expert by the producers of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for their “brain trust” lifeline, and served as a guest judge on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. His TV appearances also include ABC, Bravo, CBS, E!, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and OMG! Insider. Nelson serves on the boards of SAY (The Stuttering Association for the Young) and New York Stage and Film.
Joey Boukadakis is a writer, director, producer and media executive living in Los Angeles, California. Joey has written, directed, or produced music videos for artists including Liz Phair, Marc Broussard and Linkin Park, as well as campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, Nike, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. Joey is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and Producer’s Guild of America and represented by CAA, Mosaic, and Frankel and McCuin.
Nick Phelps is Global Alliance Director at Droga5, a creative and strategic advertising agency headquartered in New York. Founded in 2006, Droga5’s clients include Chase, Google, Hennessy, T-Mobile, Under Armour and UNICEF among many others. Droga5 has won Agency of the Year nine times in the last ten years. Nick leads Droga5’s work with partner company WME|IMG across the full breadth of the entertainment industry, including movies, TV, sport, music and fashion.
Rebecca Bienstock is the West Coast Bureau Chief at Us Weekly magazine. She started at Us in 2004 as a freelance reporter, covering red carpet events, and came on staff in 2007 as a reporter in the NYC office. In 2012, she moved to LA to run the West Coast office. Some of her top moments at Us include covering the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars and Obama’s first Inauguration. Pre-Us Weekly, Rebecca worked in the travel industry, helping to lead educational cruise ship tours around the world and in television production at 48 Hours. She’s originally from NYC and received her BA from Harvard.
Meanwhile, keep casting your vote at People’s Choice Poll of TKOP to make your favourite contestant win the poll here. Voting ends on June 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM.
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