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Miss USA putting 52nd contestant to public vote

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For the first time ever, any woman with an Instagram or Twitter account has a chance to become Miss USA.

The Miss Universe Organization is opening up a 52nd contestant slot in the 2016 Miss USA Pageant. Anyone can enter by posting three photographs or videos on social media and adding the hashtag #FindingMiss52 along with an explanation of why she should be a Miss USA contestant. A judging panel will select the top 10 #FindingMiss52 entrants, and then the public will be able to vote by tweeting a hashtag specific to each one of the selected finalists, beginning on May 10. The selected winner will be eligible for the 2016 Miss USA crown, alongside representatives from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Miss USA’s 2016 pageant will air Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX.