Genesis Davila is the reigning Miss Florida USA 2018. She was initially crowned Miss Florida USA 2017, but controversy erupted and she was stripped of the title for allegedly hiring outside hair and makeup professionals during the pageant instead of the ones the Miss USA organization provided. The violation of pageant rules led to Linette De Los Santos taking the crown. But now Davila, a former Miss World Puerto Rico, is ready to represent Florida in the Miss USA pageant.
The 27-year-old was born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico but eventually settled in Miami, Florida. She was the first Afro-Puerto Rican to represent Puerto Rico in Miss World.
Davila is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership after spending nearly a year in disaster relief efforts. She hopes to use her platform “to leverage herself as the leader of her nonprofit organization specializing in providing primary needs to those affected by natural disasters.” She organized more than 12 humanitarian flights to provide primary care from Florida to the Caribbean region during the most recent hurricane season.
Miss USA takes place Monday, May 21 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. The pageant will air live on FOX. The Miss Universe pageant will take place at a yet-to-be-determined date.