While the rest of the world is obsessed with sending a Miss Universe delegate who stands a minimum of 5’8″ in height, here comes big ‘ole USA with a titleholder who measures a little more than a shade above 5’5″ (or roughly 1.66m if you will). This is really nothing new or unusual with the country that started the pageant. In the last two decades alone, there are at least three previous Miss USA winners who have almost the same vertical stats (read: 5’6″-below), namely 2006′s Tara Conner (5’5″), 1999′s Kimberly Pressler (5’6″) and 1991′s Kelli McCarty (5’6″).
You can look at it in a few different ways. One, Miss USA is not bothered at all with a shorter winner because she will inevitably be given special attention in Miss Universe – sash factor in the works. Two, Miss USA is more concerned with the X-factor of a state rep more than anything else. Going into the Top 5 and while everyone else is looking at the much taller ladies from Nevada, Ohio and Maryland, Olivia is charming all the judges with her iridescent glow and politically correct way of thinking. Three, Miss USA is Donald Trump’s Miss USA. Regardless of who wins Miss Universe, she will have a wonderful year ahead – living the good life in a posh Trump-owned condominium in Manhattan and sharing some of the bounty in the process. This means that there is no need to panic with a near-petite bet. The more important thing is to choose someone who can best represent all 50 states (plus D.C.) in a color-blind, ethnicity-blind…and height-blind manner.
So there – the sash factor, the X-factor and the Trump factor. Side with what runs closest to what you think or share other theories you may have. :-)