Syracuse College alumna Billie LaRaé Owens is able to compete for Miss USA.
Owens, the daughter of Syracuse basketball legend Billy Owens, was topped Miss Pennsylvania 2022 on Sunday and can symbolize the Keystone State within the upcoming Miss USA competitors.
“I’ve been living on a cloud the past few days,” Billie Owens advised syracuse.com | The Publish-Customary in a cellphone interview.
She first entered the Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant in 2019, shortly after graduating from SU’s Newhouse Faculty in 2018. She was a primary runner-up to Kailyn Perez, who went on to complete within the high 15 at Miss USA.
“I’m competitive, so I wanted to go back,” Owens advised syracuse.com.
She was a primary runner-up once more in 2020 and fourth runner-up in 2021 earlier than profitable this 12 months. Because it was her fourth time competing, she felt much less strain however she nonetheless mentally ready herself by learning present occasions for the interview portion.
“I really wanted to focus on bettering myself so that mentally I was prepared, as opposed to the physical. That’s what made me be successful,” she mentioned. “I’ve dreamed about this for the past couple years and there were times I would practice holding flowers and pointing at people in the crowd,” together with her household.
She admits that she has that “competitive gene in me,” which comes from her mother, Nicole, who graduated from Syracuse in 1994, and her dad, Billy, who performed hoops at SU from 1988 to 1991.
In simply three seasons, Billy Owens scored 1,840 factors and grabbed 910 rebounds, rating twelfth on SU’s all-time scoring list and ninth for rebounding. He was a consensus All-American and the Huge East’s Participant of the 12 months in 1991, holds the file for highest scoring common for any participant in Jim Boeheim’s decades-long tenure as SU head coach (23.3 factors within the 1990-91 season), and had his No. 30 jersey retired by the Orange.
Owens was chosen third general within the 1991 NBA Draft and spent ten years within the league, together with with the Golden State Warriors, Miami Warmth, Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons. He additionally gained a bronze medal for the U.S. nationwide workforce within the 1990 FIBA World Championship.
His son Chaz Owens, Billie’s youthful brother, performed ahead on the SU males’s basketball workforce the previous two seasons. He entered the transfer portal this week after showing in simply six video games this 12 months.
However although she loves the sport, Billie Owens doesn’t think about herself an athlete. She enjoys understanding, and performed basketball in seventh and eighth grade, however when she got here to Syracuse College — the one school she utilized to — she was solely considering tv and broadcasting.
“I’m not like my father, I’m not like my brother – don’t pass me the ball,” she joked.
Owens is operating for Miss USA on a platform of feminine empowerment as an official ambassador for HoopHers, a ladies empowerment program for Philadelphia Youth Basketball. The nonprofit group helps younger individuals and offers a protected house for basketball and character growth.
Owens, who lives in Phoenixville, Pa., can be a model who just lately walked within the New York Bridal Vogue Week present for Lé Lauriér by Lauren Holovka, and works as a reporter for the Connect Network. She advised syracuse.com that her dream job could be working as an leisure correspondent, speaking about magnificence, trend and health existence, or masking pink carpet occasions.
“Not so much walking the red carpet,” she added. “I want to pursue the things I’m passionate about.”
The Miss USA 2022 pageant shall be held this fall. The winner will go on to compete for Miss Universe.
“I still can’t believe it’s happening,” Owens mentioned. “I’m really excited to represent Pennsylvania as Miss Pennsylvania USA 2022.”