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The Reigning Queen Meera Bhonslé Miss South Carolina USA 2022 has just become Forever Queen at the end of her reign after crowning of her successor The Winner in 24 Contestants, Miss Upstate USA Kirby Elizabeth Self Miss South Carolina USA 2023 at the end of Grand Finale in North Charleston Performing Arts Center which started LIVE on Sat, Mar 4th, 2023 In-Person and In-Stream.

Miss Upstate USA, Newly crowned Kirby Elizabeth Self Miss South Carolina USA 2023, the 72ND Miss USA 2023 Contestant will represent her SC State at the upcoming Miss USA 2023 Pageant where the reigning queen R'Bonney Gabriel Miss Texas USA 2022, Miss USA 2022 & Miss Universe 2022 will crown her successor at the end of Grand Finale in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Kirby Elizabeth Self is The First Miss South Carolina USA in Dr. Anne Jakrajutatip Miss Universe Ownership.

Do you remember? Kirby Self 1st Runner-up Miss Teen USA 2018? Yes she is the same, this year Kirby Self is the new Miss South Carolina USA 2023. Kirby competed as Miss SC Teen USA 2018 and emerged winner as First Runner-up to Kansas' Hailey Colborn Miss Kansas Teen USA 2018 Miss Teen USA 2018.

Kirby Elizabeth is alumni of Clemson University, did schooling in Emerald High School and her home town is Greenwood, South Carolina.

Kirby Elizabeth Self is a native of Greenwood, SC, and an alumna of Clemson University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Political Science and Women’s Leadership, minoring in Nonprofit Leadership. Kirby is the Upstate South Carolina Coordinator for The Council for Educational Travel USA, a non-profit that partners with the Department of State to facilitate high school exchange programs. She is currently earning a Master’s degree in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from the Harvard Extension School.

An entrepreneur, Kirby has been granted a provisional patent for an invention and received the SC Department of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Award.

A former three-time state champion in track and field, Coach Kirby enjoys mentoring young girls by volunteering for the non-profit Girls on the Run. In her spare time, you can find Kirby flying airplanes, hiking a national park, or reading her latest book club read.

Contestant's Statement

Last year, I took a leap of faith and now I’m in my second semester pursuing my Master’s in Sustainability. Throughout my undergraduate at Clemson, I was a part of many sustainable service trips and campus organizations that sparked my interest in this field. Work hard and never stop chasing your dreams! I am ready for this weekend and I cannot wait to chase this dream to become Miss South Carolina USA. 

Contestants Kirby Self Miss Upstate USA 2023 tells about her beloved outfit and history lying underneath "My opening number dress couldn’t be more special to me. Made over 30 years ago and remade for this very stage, I began the preliminary competition wearing my late Aunt Elizabeth’s dress. A big thank you to Gregory Ellenburg for upcycling this beautiful vintage dress — my Aunt Elizabeth’s dress — just for me.

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