We are sending some major Black Girl Magic congratulations to Miss Kentucky Elle Smith, who just won the 2021 Miss USA pageant.

Smith is a 2020 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism.

She now works as a reporter for WHAS11 News in Louisville.

While in college, Smith served as vice-president of the school’s National Association of Black Journalists chapter and NABJ has also congratulated Smith on her victory.

Smith will now go on to represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant on December 12 in Israel.

The international pageant is set to move forward despite a contestant testing positive for Covid-19. Israel has imposed travel restrictions in the wake of the Omicron coronavirus variant and is barring entry of tourists for the next two weeks.

We want our new Miss USA to be safe, stay beautiful and go out there and bring home that WORLD TROPHY.