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Despite Trump controversy, Auburn grad Brooke Fletcher excited to compete in a Miss USA pageant ‘everyone is going to remember’

On her way to Baton Rouge to compete in the Miss USA pageant, Brooke Fletcher, Miss Georgia USA, stopped in Auburn. "I made my mom do a detour and drive through campus," Fletcher says. "Auburn holds a special place in my heart."
On her way to Baton Rouge to compete in the Miss USA pageant, Brooke Fletcher, Miss Georgia USA, stopped in Auburn. “I made my mom do a detour and drive through campus,” Fletcher says. “Auburn holds a special place in my heart.”

Brooke Fletcher, Miss Georgia USA 2015, is really thankful she wasn’t crowned Miss Georgia USA 2014. Timing, after all, is everything.

“With everything that has happened, I grew up more this past year than ever,” Fletcher says.

The 23-year-old from Peach Tree City, Ga., a former Miss Georgia Teen USA, graduated last year from Auburn University in business marketing. She landed an associate director gig at ESPN, thanks to her experience at AU’s Eagle Eye TV (and with zero assistance from the former professional baseball player she calls “Dad”, thank you very much).

“I’ve just kind of grown within myself,” she says. “Looking back I’m so glad I didn’t win last year because where I was as a person was just completely different.”

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Arriving in Baton Rouge.

Now where she is as a person—a busy, busy person—is Baton Rouge, site of this year’s Miss USA pageant. It’s exciting. Cajun food. Photo shoots. Prelims. Appearances. More appearances. Rock climbing. Prepping. And, of course, controversy.

“With everything that’s going on recently, more people are talking about Miss USA than ever,” Fletcher says.

Last month, backlash over Miss USA owner and presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial comments on Mexican immigration temporarily left the pageant without a broadcast home.

“At first we (the contestants) were all just kind of taken aback,” Fletcher says about learning that NBC dropped the pageant. “Nobody saw it coming. It was unfortunate because we’d all worked so hard. We were like ‘what’s going to happen?’ But we all had faith, we all came together. Everybody stayed positive.”

Fletcher's official Miss USA bikini photo. "A lot of people stereotype pageant contestants as if we just up there on stage and look pretty. And yeah, it's a beauty pageant, but some of the girls are some of the smartest I've ever met. They're studying to be doctors, lawyers," Fletcher says. "It's so much more than a beauty pageant. It's a great organization."
Fletcher’s official Miss USA bikini photo.
“A lot of people stereotype pageant contestants as if we just up there on stage and look pretty. And yeah, it’s a beauty pageant, but some of the girls are some of the smartest I’ve ever met. They’re studying to be doctors, lawyers,” Fletcher says. “It’s so much more than a beauty pageant. It’s a great organization.”

Three days later, cable network Reelz announced it had partnered with Miss USA and would air the pageant Sunday night.

However, the fallout over Trump’s comments continued.

On Monday, five-time co-host Jeannie Mai announced she had cut ties with Miss USA, backtracking on on her original commitment to stick with the pageant.

“I feel terrible that the women competing this year have fallen victim to current events,” Mai wrote on Instagram.

Fletcher's official Miss USA glamour shot. "It was an American theme," Fletcher says. "I feel like it doesn't look me."
Fletcher’s official Miss USA glamour shot. “It was an American theme,” Fletcher says. “I feel like it doesn’t look me.”

Fletcher, however, doesn’t believe she’s fallen victim to anything. She says the prevailing attitude among the pageants has been to “ignore it and do your thing.” And to look on the bright side.

Timing, after all, is everything.

“This year is going to be a year everyone is going to remember because of all that has happened,” she says. “Everybody has been so supportive and encouraging. We’re all just really excited and ready for it to be here.”

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So what are her chances of being crowned Miss USA in a year everyone will remember?

“I would hope good,” she laughs. “I mean, you never know. You give it your best, give it your all. And you just have to be yourself. If it’s God’s will, so be it. But if not, I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”

The Miss USA pageant airs Sunday at 7 p.m CST on Reelz. It was also be streamed on the Miss USA website.

 

More Brooke stuff:

Her brother Brian played baseball for Auburn.

Her sister and fellow Auburn alum Brittany Fletcher Beckham is married to Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham. And she was a contestant on The Amazing Race. And won the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right on her 18th birthday.

During her Eagle Eye days, she interviewed Auburn’s last contribution to the Miss USA pageant: Katherine Webb.

And here’s her official Miss USA bio video.

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