Former Saintsation Girault places in top 10 at Miss USA pageant
METAIRIE - Kristen Girault, a former Saintsation, became the first Miss Louisiana to place in the Miss USA top 10 since Ali Landry won the contest in 1996
Girault, 22, took the national stage June 16 competing in the 62nd Miss USA pageant with more than 85 family members and friends cheering her on at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.
Girault made the first cut of the 51 contestants to earn a spot in the top-15 for Miss USA. After her showing in the swimsuit competition, she reached the top 10. She was eliminated after the evening gown competition.
Growing up in Metairie, it was Girault's dream to be a Saintsation. She began dancing at the age of three and joined the Junior Saintsation program. She was a member of her high school dance team, the Carmelettes, at Mount Carmel Academy. After she graduated in 2009, she reached her dream and earned a spot on the Saintsations in 2010.
Along with performing for the Saintsations and studying at LSU, Girault was competing in beauty pageants. She was the first runner-up in Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2009 and 2010, and was in the top 10 of Miss Louisiana USA 2012.
After a number of strong finishes, Girault took the spotlight on Oct. 27, 2012 as she was named Miss Louisiana USA 2013 at the annual pageant at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette.
During her time as Miss Louisiana, Girault has been a strong advocate for a healthy lifestyle and has stressed the importance of eating healthy and staying active. She has promoted numerous charities, including American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Children's Miracle Network and Habitat for Humanity.