Last month, Miss Kentucky USA Elle Smith was crowned Miss USA.
As part of her title as Miss USA, Smith, a University of Kentucky graduate and a broadcast news reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville, competed Sunday night representing the U.S. in the 70th annual Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel.
Smith made the top 10. Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu went on to win the title of Miss Universe in the competition hosted by Steve Harvey and featuring 80 contestants from around the world.
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Before the pageant Sunday, Smith shined the spotlight on the deadly weekend tornados that devastated multiple states, including Western Kentucky.
“My thoughts and prayers go to those impacted by the tornadoes in western Kentucky. These pictures only show a small part of the damage in this community. Over 70 people are dead, and many more are still missing,” Smith wrote on Instagram, directing readers to fundraising efforts.
More:Here’s how local organizations are working to help after Kentucky tornadoes
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