Miss Iowa USA 2023 is Grace Lynn Keller


Johnson County's Grace Lynn Keller was crowned Miss Iowa USA 2023 on Saturday, June 24 at the Staplin Performing Arts Center in West Des Moines.

McKenzie Kerry of Des Moines was named first runner-up while Kaylyn Peel of Polk County, Caitlin Crome of Iowa City, and Hayley Buettell of Morning Sun were announced as the second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively.

The new Miss Iowa USA is a host, writer, and producer with a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa.

No stranger to pageantry, she previously won the title Miss Iowa 2021 and went on to compete in the 94th Miss America which was held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

"I am deeply humbled to have been crowned Miss Iowa USA tonight! Much more to come, but tonight I must express my gratitude for everyone that made this weekend possible," she shared on social media after winning her new title.

"Iowa, I am ready to serve you. Y’all - WE’RE GOING TO MISS USA," she added.

Grace succeeds last year's winner Randi Estabrook and will now prepare to represent her home state at Miss USA 2023 in Reno, Nevada.

The title of Miss Iowa Teen USA 2023 was clinched by Madeline Erickson of Ankeny. She will now proceed to represent Iowa at Miss Teen USA 2023 on a date yet to be announced.

Her runners-up were Mackenzie Lorton of Warren County, Sophia Fain of Waterloo, Maja Atajic of Des Moines, and Malinda Voortmann of Clear Lake.

Meet the new Miss Iowa USA:

Photos: Grace Lynn Keller, FELS Photo / Instagram

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