UPDATE: Royal Oak's Miss Michigan Misses Miss USA Cut
24-year-old model Channing Pierce hoped to follow in the footsteps of 2010 Miss USA, Rima Fakih of Dearborn.
Royal Oak's Channing Pierce, Miss Michigan USA, fell short in her bid to follow the path of another Metro Detroiter in capturing the Miss USA pageant title on Sunday night.
Rima Fakih of Dearborn hands over her crown tonight in Las Vegas and 24-year-old Pierce was hoping it would land on her head, but it was not to be. Pierce did not make the cut to advance to the quarterfinals of the pageant.
Pierce had been modeling for about four years when she entered the Miss Michigan pageant last September and won. It was her first pageant.
The pageant experience has been a heady one for Pierce, full of appearances and travel. One of her most recent local appearances came May 15 at the Emagine for Youth fundraiser at the new Emagine/Star Lanes entertainment complex in downtown Royal Oak.
Pierce has been posting regular updates on her Twitter account and Facebook page this past week leading up to tonight’s main Miss USA event at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, thanking sponsors and sharing photos of her with other contestants.
Here she is rehearsing Friday night. The pageant is being broadcast on NBC starting at 9 p.m.