Lauren Weaver, who was previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2014, continues to excel in the beauty pageant world and will now carry the Miss Arkansas USA 2018 crown into the Miss USA 2018 pageant next week. The 21-year-old succeeds 2017 winner Arynn Johnson, who was also a former Miss Arkansas Teen USA winner.
Weaver is set to be a first-generation college graduate from the University of Arkansas this month, where she will earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. Weaver made the Dean’s list every year and is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
The Greenwood native has six siblings ranging from ages 1 to 22. Weaver uses her platform “to spread awareness and educate young women on the importance of early detection of breast cancer.” Her mother is an eight-year breast cancer survivor and is actively involved with Susan G. Komen of Arkansas. Weaver hopes to “empower young women around Arkansas to get fit by healthy eating and exercising, and to become more civic-minded by giving back to their community.”
Outside of the beauty pageant world, Weaver works as a model for brands such as Sherri Hill, Tony Bowls, Lauren James, Sam’s Club and Dillards, while also serving as a marketing intern for a local clothing line.
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.