Asya Branch, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee
Asya Branch comes from a large family and is the sixth of eight siblings, according to her official pageant bio. Her father was retired from the military and her mom worked as a teacher’s assistant.
When she was 10 years old, Branch’s father was arrested at their home for kidnapping and armed robbery, while she and her siblings watched from the car. “That day our lives changed forever,” she told Empower Missippi. “We had a beautiful home and a great life.”
With her father in prison, the bank foreclosed on their home. “People looked at us differently when they found out that my father was in prison,” she said. “That was a critical stage in my life and it ended up changing me. I felt this overwhelming shame.” Now, Branch talks about her father’s story to help other kids who have incarcerated parents.
Asya Branch, who represented the state of Mississippi, was awarded the title at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
The 22-year-old stunner received the title after months of delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. The competition usually takes place during the spring, according to Fox News.
Miss USA 2020 snatched her crown Monday night.
Asya gets emotional when her name is called at the 2020 Miss USA pageant.
Cheslie Chryst, who won the pageant in 2019, awarded Branch her crown.
Although she’s young, Branch already has quite the resume: At age 17, she attended Harvard University for summer school. She graduated from Ole Miss and runs her own cosmetics line called Branch Beauty (though the shop was placed on hold after Branch won the title).
Soon, Branch will move to New York City to begin her duties.