BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former wrestler, self-proclaimed tomboy-turned-ballerina and pre-medicine student are among the women making up the top 20 contestants of the Miss USA pageant.
The home state beauty queen, Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry, made the top 20, as did Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto.
She made headlines this week when she said she was the product of rape. During a taped segment that aired when her name was called, Gatto said her mother was 19 when she was attacked leaving work in Pittsburgh and became pregnant.
Gatto said she is living proof "that your circumstances do not define your life."
The top 15 contestants are to be judged in swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions.
The winner of the 63rd Miss USA title will represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.