Miss Iowa U.S.A. is in Los Angeles for tonight’s nationally-televised competition for the Miss U.S.A. crown. Twenty-one-year old Dani Reeves is a native of the southwest Iowa town of Hamburg and says she’s glad the long days of practicing and performing are over. Reeves will know soon after she introduces herself tonight if she did well enough to advance.
Reeves says a panel of judges will pick the top 15 girls right away, and those 15 will move on to the swimsuit and evening gown competition, and the final questions. Reeves says she "brought her A game" to the preliminaries and hopes that was enough to make the cut tonight. She says it’s nerve racking as you come to rehearsal knowing you’re being watched, but you don’t know if you’re in the top 15. Reeves says this has been a great experience.
Reeves says she was skeptical about what the girls were going to be like, but she has met some "amazing girls." "Of course, you have some cattyness going on, there’s a lot of the girls who kind of put themselves in a little shell. There’s a lot of girls who are really really great," Reeves says.
The Miss U.S.A. Pageant will be carried on N.B.C. tonight at eight o’clock. Reeves has taken a year off from school at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, where she’s studying pre-medicine.