Welcome to the Official Miss California USA® and the Miss California Teen USA® website!

 

Each year we work to provide a fun environment in which young women have the opportunity to develop skills that will help them win in life by being their personal best in everything they do. The pageant encourages you to build self-confidence, individual pride, and a greater self-awareness. You will make new and lasting friendships and find that the pageant will be a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

 

Ultimately, two young women will be crowned Miss California USA® and Miss California Teen USA®. We invite you to join us in the journey of a lifetime and possibly become the next MISS TEEN USA®, MISS USA® or MISS UNIVERSE®!

MEET THE MISS CALIFORNIA USA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
KRISTEN BRADFORD

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristen moved to California to attend Pepperdine University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations in 2000, and Master’s degree in Public Policy in 2003. While attending college, she began her pageant career with the Miss Universe Organization. After competing, she spent several years assisting behind the scenes. Eventually she founded three of her own official preliminary pageants for the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA organization (Miss Malibu, Miss Santa Monica and Miss Beverly Hills). In 2011, Kristen opened Crown Diva Boutique and Pageant Academy, the first one-stop pageant shop on the West Coast.  

 

As a preliminary director and pageant coach, she has prepared contestants from all over the country for state, national and international pageants. She worked extensively with former Miss USA titleholders Nana Meriwether and Olivia Jordan for the entirety of their pageant careers, as both women started with Kristen’s preliminary pageants in the state of California. Most recently she coached Miss Teen USA 2020 Kiilani Arruda for both her state and national wins. Kristen’s favorite part of the pageant industry is self development, encouraging young women to grow and helping them set attainable goals on the journey to the crown and throughout life.

 

In addition, Kristen has worked as an event planner for a variety of celebrity studded red carpet events. She was behind the scenes at major award shows, film festivals, private birthday parties and even incorporated stars like Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Ludacris and many others at her preliminary pageants. Her pageants were featured on shows like “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, “Million Dollar Listing” and the “Chelsea Handler Show”.  Youtube influencer Michelle Khare created a video called “I trained like Miss USA for 60 days” highlighting Kristen’s coaching and the Miss Malibu pageant that garnered over 4 million views.

MEET THE MISS CALIFORNIA USA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
KRISTEN BRADFORD

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristen moved to California to attend Pepperdine University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations in 2000, and Master’s degree in Public Policy in 2003. While attending college, she began her pageant career with the Miss Universe Organization. After competing, she spent several years assisting behind the scenes. Eventually she founded three of her own official preliminary pageants for the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA organization (Miss Malibu, Miss Santa Monica and Miss Beverly Hills). In 2011, Kristen opened Crown Diva Boutique and Pageant Academy, the first one-stop pageant shop on the West Coast.  

 

As a preliminary director and pageant coach, she has prepared contestants from all over the country for state, national and international pageants. She worked extensively with former Miss USA titleholders Nana Meriwether and Olivia Jordan for the entirety of their pageant careers, as both women started with Kristen’s preliminary pageants in the state of California. Most recently she coached Miss Teen USA 2020 Kiilani Arruda for both her state and national wins. Kristen’s favorite part of the pageant industry is self development, encouraging young women to grow and helping them set attainable goals on the journey to the crown and throughout life.

 

In addition, Kristen has worked as an event planner for a variety of celebrity studded red carpet events. She was behind the scenes at major award shows, film festivals, private birthday parties and even incorporated stars like Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Ludacris and many others at her preliminary pageants. Her pageants were featured on shows like “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, “Million Dollar Listing” and the “Chelsea Handler Show”.  Youtube influencer Michelle Khare created a video called “I trained like Miss USA for 60 days” highlighting Kristen’s coaching and the Miss Malibu pageant that garnered over 4 million views.

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MEET THE MISS CALIFORNIA USA PUBLICIST & PRESS CONTACT
ROMEO ESCOBAR

Romeo Escobar is a three-time Emmy award-winning producer who has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He got his start at the magazine show, "Entertainment Tonight" and its sister show, “The Insider," and now works as an Entertainment producer for the number one news station in Los Angeles KTLA. He is also a publicist who has worked with many emerging talents and a talent booker who was recently responsible for booking talent for the Hallmark Channel's Morning show "Home & Family". 

 

If that didn't keep him busy enough, Escobar is also the President and National Director for the Miss Universe Belize Organization and is responsible for sending a contestant from the Central American Nation to Miss Universe every year, a title he has had since 2018. 

 

Romeo is thrilled to take on the responsibility of Publicist/Press contact for the new Miss California USA / Miss California Teen USA pageants. 

 

He graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelor's degree in Television Production. 

 

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, having visited 6 continents already. 

 

Escobar currently resides in Los Angeles, California. 

 

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MEET THE MISS CALIFORNIA USA ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
CANDICE CRUZ

Twelve-year pageant veteran, Candice Cruz, has been involved in every facet of the industry. She began competing in 2009 and won her first title, Miss Teen United States in 2010. She has competed in Miss Kentucky USA, Miss California USA Prelims, and Miss California USA twice, and held titles in many other systems. Beyond her time in heels, Candice has served as a coach, judge, assistant director, director, and sponsor for multiple USA state pageants via JOVANI. For four years, Candice was the General Manager for the flagship JOVANI store located in Beverly Hills where she immensely grew her network within the entertainment industry by working directly with stylists, publicists, producers, etc. in addition to running the day to day, social media marketing & publicity, event planning, location management, and bookings. 

 

Over her last eight years living in Los Angeles, Candice has worked with A-List celebrities as a social media manager and an executive assistant in the music industry, marketing director for a highly acclaimed international acting studio, and has graced red carpets and premieres such as The Emmys, The SAG Awards and NBC Upfronts as an on-air TV host. You can now watch her as Entertainment Expert for NBC LX on Peacock and Nationwide. Her latest movie is set to hit the Film Festival Circuit in early 2022. 

 

Candice is so excited to now be the Assistant Director for Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA!

 

Candice graduated Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a focus in Marketing. 


 

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, writing and spending time with her loved ones.

 

Cruz currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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