Who We Are
The Miss Universe Organization empowers women to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best. A confident woman has the power to make real change, starting in her local community with the potential to reach a global audience. We encourage every woman to get out of her comfort zone, be herself, and continue to define what it means to be confidently beautiful.
To provide the tools which help women to be their personal best. Self-confidence is the key. Every woman should have the confidence to stand up in any situation and declare, "I am secure and that's what makes me beautiful!"
The Miss Universe Organization is a company run by women for women, built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity. Annually, nearly ten thousand young women participate in Miss Universe pageant events.
The contestants and titleholders that have gone through the Miss Universe system are able to cultivate their personal career goals, advocate for humanitarian issues and be a voice to affect positive change in the world. These women are forward thinking and motivated to not just talk about this change, but to initiate it. They have gone on to high-profile careers in government, business, finance, broadcasting, as well as film and television.
The Miss Universe Organization places priority on the importance of getting involved and giving back by providing a dedicated international platform of charitable partnerships. As leaders and role models within their communities, our contestants and titleholders work to affect positive change through volunteering, fundraising and advocacy.
During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by dedicating themselves to raising awareness and much needed funds for philanthropic endeavors.
Research has shown the #1 obstacle for women to overcome in reaching their potential in any endeavor is a lack of self-confidence. In doing so our contestants and titleholders have the opportunity to grow as women and be confident in any goal they choose to pursue. While we are a competition, the women who participate also learn to help one another and create a network of friends and colleagues on which to draw support.
Miss Kentucky USA® 2016
Height: 5’ 8”
Birthday: January 13
Kyle Hornback is a sophomore at the University of Louisville where she majors in Political Science and minors in Spanish and Philosophy. She plans to attend law school after graduating and later becoming a criminal attorney and eventually a circuit court judge. Kyle was elected by the student body to serve as a senator in Student Government at UofL. She is very close with her family and has two older brothers and a little sister. When she was 9-years-old, her oldest brother Zack was in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. After watching him struggle to get his life back, she partnered with the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky where she advocates for brain injury awareness and prevention. She loves to interact with the families of those who are suffering from brain injuries and give them hope that miracles do happen. In her free time, Kyle loves to play with her Pyrador puppy, Luna and try new local restaurants. She is trained in jazz and ballet and loves to perform.
Miss Kentucky Teen USA® 2016
Height: 5’ 10”
Birthday: January 11
Christiaan Prince lives by God's word as her daily guidance to live a moral, ethical and valued life. Striving to be an example of a christian based life, she takes her role of a true person to heart. She is a freshman in high school maintaining a 4.0 GPA and was selected as a Student Council Representative. She is an active volunteer for Medical Mission Ecuador. Her involvement with the medical mission has influenced her desire to attend medical school with plans of obtaining a medical degree to help individuals with mental or physical needs. Christiaan is a Peer Advocate for Bullying. She feels that no child, teenager or adult should ever feel unaccepted or unworthy. Her dream job is to become an actress and model. She loves traveling and exploring how other cultures live. Christiaan is an avid reader who enjoys quotes. Said by Charles Darwin "It isn't the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to Change". This she lives by.
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