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Birth name: Rachel Renee Smith.
Born: April 18, 1985 Panama, USA.
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m).
Eye color: Brown.
Hair color: Brown.
Rachel Renee Smith is a beauty queen from Clarksville, Tennessee who won the Miss USA pageant in 2007 and who previously had competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant.
Rachel Smith was born on a U.S. Army base in Panama. She lived in Clarksville after her parents were stationed to Fort Campbell. She attended Clarksville Academy and graduated from Davidson Academy for high school.
Smith is a magna cum laude graduate from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 with a bachelor of science in Journalism. Smith graduated a semester early, in December of 2006. She received a full tuition scholarship to attend Belmont due to her community service activities and academic achievements throughout high school. While she was at Belmont, she interned in Chicago, Illinois for eight months with Harpo Productions, a company owned by Oprah Winfrey. In January 2007, it was announced that she had been chosen by Winfrey to volunteer for one month at her Leadership Academy for Girls.
Miss Tennessee Teen USA:
Smith won her first major pageant title in 2001 when she was crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2002. She won in her second attempt at the title, having placed third runner-up to Jessica Myers the year previously. Smith then competed in the nationally televised Miss Teen USA 2002 pageant broadcast live from South Padre Island, Texas where she placed in the top ten and won the Miss Photogenic award. Of the semi-finalists, Smith placed tenth in the swimsuit competition and seventh in evening gown, finishing ninth on average. The pageant was won by Vanessa Semrow of Wisconsin.
Miss Tennessee USA:
On October 7, 2006, Smith became the fourth former Miss Tennessee Teen USA to win the Miss Tennessee USA title, following Molly Brown who held the 1984 teen and 1987 Miss titles, Lynnette Cole who held the 1995 teen and 2000 Miss titles and won Miss USA 2000 and Allison Alderson, who held the 1994 teen title and 2002 Miss title. She won the title in a state pageant held at Austin Peay State University in her home town of Clarksville. Her "sister" 2007 titleholder is Macy Erwin of Chattanooga, Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2007.
Smith is one of three delegates who placed in the final six in the Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2002 pageant to later win consecutive Miss Tennessee USA crowns, after Amy Colley won the title in 2005 and Lauren Grissom won it in 2006. A fourth member of that top six was Brittany Swann, who placed second runner-up. One month after Smith won her title, Swann won the Miss Georgia USA 2007 title, and both competed against each other at the Miss USA 2007 pageant. Swann and Smith have the same directors, Greenwood Productions, which produce the Tennessee and Georgia state pageants.
Miss USA 2007:
Smith represented Tennessee in the Miss USA 2007 pageant on March 23, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, where she became the second titleholder from Tennessee to win the Miss USA crown. Smith won both the swimsuit and evening gown competitions with consistently high scores. She was crowned by titleholder Tara Conner who she competed alongside at Miss Teen USA 2002. Smith is the third consecutive former Miss Teen USA delegate to win the title.
Unusually, Smith won the pageant wearing the same evening gown that she wore to win her state title. She was the first titleholder to win in a non-neutral coloured evening gown since Kelli McCarty also won wearing a red gown in 1991.
Miss Universe 2007:
Smith competed in the national costume competition dressed as Elvis Presley, reflecting her home state of Tennessee. She moved on to the top 15 where she showed off her swimsuit and evening gown. During the evening gown round, she slipped and fell to the ground. She quickly got back to her feet and kept her composure as she finished her walk. She was booed after she was chosen for a Top 5 spot while the hometown representative of Mexico was not. She was booed again when it was time for her to answer her final question for the judges. She appeared to remain poised and focused throughout, even though she spoke rather quickly. She finished by thanking the crowd in Spanish, to which the crowd cheered. She became the 4th Runner-Up, losing out to Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, and the winner of Miss Universe 2007, Japan.
The Miss Universe 2007 pageant was controversial. The political undertones of the pageant were unlike any seen in recent memory. Many anti-sexism groups protested, with Miss Sweden not participating because of the protests in Sweden. Miss Mexico's dress had political backlash because it portrayed scenes from a violent massacre. Miss USA was thought to be heavily favored by the five U.S. judges on the panel, with suspicions continuing to be raised of favoritism and bias by Donald Trump and the judges. Fans claiming the pageant was rigged complained that Miss USA's fall should have taken her out of the Top 5. She eventually placed fourth.
-Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2002.
-Miss Tennessee USA 2007.
-Miss USA 2007.