Road to the Crown: Miss Louisiana USA

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)-- The Miss USA Pageant will be held in Baton Rouge next month. There's already a lot of buzz about Miss Louisiana. Reporter Deepak Saini introduces you to the beauty queen who's winning hearts wherever she goes.

26 year-old Candice Bennatt is your Miss Louisiana USA.

"It bears a lot of responsibility," laughs Bennatt.

With just over a month before the Miss USA pageant, Bennatt is hoping to take the national title.

"I have interview preparation coaches, I'm skying almost every other day, doing mock interviews, people who keep me up to date on current events," says Bennatt.

When asked about the other contestants?

"I would never hope any of my friends trip and fall. I think there are times some girls can be a bit catty but I've just learned to roll with the punches and just be me," says Bennatt.

She has beauty and brains!  With a Masters already under her belt, Bennatt is currently going through law school and works with victims of domestic violence, a fate that she once could not escape.

"I was extremely physically injured. I had my eardrum ruptured and my jawbone fractured and now here I am today and I get to spread the message about domestic violence and dating abuse awareness," says Bennatt.

With the confidence to walk away, years later, Bennatt is ready to show the judges who Miss Louisiana really is.

The Miss USA Pageant is Sunday, July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge.

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