The 24-year-old Dearborn native is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics, with a minor in business administration.
After completing her reign as Miss USA, she plans to attend law school. She enjoys traveling, running, dancing, kickboxing, and especially likes playing football and watching the NFL, NBC said.
Throughout Sunday night's 2-hour event, the contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.
Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the telecast, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 250 million, NBC said.
First runner-up this year is Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard. Miss Virginia USA Samantha Casey was second runner-up and Miss Colorado USA Jessica Hartman and Miss Maine USA Katie Whittier round out the top five.
Serving as co-hosts of the beauty pageant were chef and "The Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Curtis Stone and "Today" show co-host and correspondent Natalie Morales.