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Meet the Queens

Get to know our incredible 2023-2024 National Titleholders


Giana Castillo

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Ms. USA World Universal

Gianna Castillo is a first generation immigrant from Mexico. She enlisted in the United  States Army in 1996 where she later retired  after serving a tour to Bosnia, Afghanistan and OIF I the Iraq War.  Gianna continues to serve now in her community by volunteering and working with different non-profit organizations such as The Collective Empowerment Project, Texas Veterans Ranch and Family Resort, Survive 2 Thrive, The Trevor Project, The Larkins Foundation and her very own The Zen Coach and Queens Nation among others. 


Her passion of bringing awareness to mental health continues to be her priority in life along with protecting our transgender youth. She  provides free of charge Life Coaching Services to anyone in need, provides free haircuts and makeovers  to assist women and men during their rehabilitation to their independence  personally and financially. Gianna currently holds the title of Ms. USA World Universal.

Andrea Bennett

Ms. USA Elite World Universal

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Andrea graduated with a degree in Humanities/Women’s Studies from Denison University, Master’s in Human Resources and certificate on Policy Work and Pay from University of Minnesota and Carlson School of Management. Andrea is an Instacart Shopper and Transformational/Spiritual Health and Wellness and Pageant Coach through her business Queendom Collective.  


As a survivor of domestic abuse, she has partnered with multiple organizations including being a Spokesperson for the W.I.N. (Women in Need) Foundation, Love Is Not Abuse Coalition, and Stand Up Survivor, to advocate for prevention of violence against women and promoting healthy relationships. She has been an activist and advocate for domestic violence awareness for over 25 years.   Andrea’s platform is, “Love Is Not Abuse-Be the Light” (Domestic Abuse Awareness) which encourages overall health and wellness by strengthening a “life toolbox”, exercising extreme self care, and spiritual fulfillment by speaking with groups of different ages and backgrounds.


In 2017 she was chosen as one of twelve contestants across the U.S. for the show “Alt for Norge-Season 8-a Norwegian TV show connecting Norwegian Americans to their heritage.  She looks forward to continuing to explore the other parts of her ancestry that are more challenging to access (African and Indigenous).


Her hobbies include traveling, waterfall chasing, and nature walk and talks.


Amy Kennedy

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Ms. USA Global World

Amy Kennedy is a legal support and business services consultant, strategist, government and public relations manager, advocate and creativity catalyst with education in political sciences and psychology. Through her personal experiences, challenges and triumphs she has found that the best way to heal, live life with purpose and connections, and move through life healthily, is to share experiences, skills, tools and information to help, inspire, motivate and connect with others.


Having used former pageant titles to engage and make changes in her community, Amy found that one of her greatest strengths is through creative, instructive, and relatable writing, and developing engagement around topics that are truly relevant and ground-breaking for today's world and those living in it. She continues to work in consulting, government and public relations, law, marketing, business services and advocacy and in her spare time she is the Editor in Chief of AUDACITY Magazine and BLOSSOM by Amy Kennedy, a couture fashion design and rental label. Amy Kennedy is the current Ms. USA Global World and is excited to represent strong female leaders as she competes at the Ms. World Universal international pageant in June 2023.

Angelena Taylor

Ms. USA Ambassador

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Ms. USA Ambassador Angelena Taylor is a proud daughter, military caregiver, cat mom, and world traveler from Detroit, Michigan. Professionally, she has worked as a behavior analyst and mental health coach but her most prominent role to date has been as a caregiver for over 8 years to her father Benjamin who is a stroke survivor and veteran.


Angelena began competing a few years ago while searching for unique scholarship opportunities when considering a return to school to pursue her doctoral studies, but continued as a mode of self care, self preservation, and the love of sisterhood. Caregivers often lose their identity in the process of taking on the care of others, so she was determined to do this for herself and to show other caregivers the importance of pursuing their dreams, setting goals, and finding community outside of caregiving.


Angelena is passionate about advocating for caregivers and restructuring the care infrastructure. She has been heavily involved with organizations such as Caring Across Generations and The Elizabeth Dole Foundation where she has been able to connect with hundreds of other caregivers, collaborate with elected officials, and more. Featured in The New York Times and on The Tamron Hall Show, Angelena’s story is one of 53 million caregivers in the USA with the special redemption song of winning the prestigious title of Ms. USA Ambassador 2023.


As Ms. USA Ambassador, Angelena aims to spread Universal Love while elevating World Universal Production’s 3 Pillars of Diversity & Inclusion, Philanthropy, and Belonging across pageantry and caregiving.

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