Miss Hawaii USA returns to Wake Up 2day post-pageant

Miss Hawaii USA Chelsea Hardin placed first runner-up at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas less than a week ago. She joined Kelly Simek in studio Friday morning to talk about her experience at the pageant.


Hardin returned home Thursday night, arriving at the Honolulu International Airport.

Hardin said she was happy to be back home and realized that her being in the Miss USA pageant was “a competition. I’m an athlete, so I look at it like a game, so it is a fair game.”

When asked about being posed the question of whether she’d prefer Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as president, she said “They are looking for someone in that position where a Miss USA needs to be able to answer whatever is thrown at her. They can’t control the media, the chaos going on, so I think it was fair and I’m honestly glad I got that question because it just shows that I’m ready to take on the challenge.

On what she was feeling when she made final two, Hardin said “I was not sweating, or I wasn’t nervous or anything, which is surprising. I was just really taking in the moment. I was there looking at my friends and family, being really appreciative of just being there.

“This is going to open a lot of doors (that) will help me to continue to do the non-profit humanitarian work that I do,” she said.

“I just hope there’s some opportunities available, whether it is in overseas or the mainland or even here locally. I’m looking for more opportunities modeling and maybe even some broadcasting work.”

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