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52 Women Strut Their Stuff as They Vie for the Title of Miss USA 2016


Here is your first look at the 52 women hoping for the Miss USA tiara this year.

The contestants are strutting their stuff in bikinis and high heels for the swimsuit competition, and getting their hair and makeup applied as they prep for Sunday's big night.

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Miss California says she was born for this. "My mom competed In Miss USA in 1989, so I feel like I'm living up to my legacy and it's kind of in my blood," she told Inside Edition.

Miss Alaska said the competition is like a dream. "It's so incredible for me, because I never imagined I  would be here," she said. 

For the first time, a 52nd contestant was voted into the competition this year via social media.

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Their phones are never far from them as they keep an eye on social media and look forward to the pageant. 

The competition airs at  7 p.m. EDT on Fox. 

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