Candace Kanavel is CROWNED Miss Arizona USA 2023: The Cop at Miss USA Stage Reno

Tempe Police Officer Takes Arizona USA Crown Home, will rock Miss USA 2023 Stage

Arizona Just Crowned The 36TH Contestant to The Class of Miss USA 2023

Last year she was first runner-up but this time won as the queen

Mon, May 29, 2023 Hollywood: The Reigning Queen Isabel Ticlo Miss Arizona USA 2022 has just crowned her successor, the winner against 34 Contestants, Miss Tempe USA Candace Kanavel as Miss Arizona USA 2023 today on Monday, May 29, 2023 starting at 2pm in Highly Center Gilbert.

The Newly Crowned Candace Kanavel Miss Arizona USA 2023 is the 72ND Miss USA 2023 Contestant and The 36TH Entry to The Class of Miss USA 2023. has streamed the LIVE Show but for those who missed or relive the moment, at nominal monthly fee $29 the complete catalog along with Miss Arizona USA 2023 Shows and additional content is available to watch anytime.

She will represent her AZ 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. New Queen Candace Kanavel is The First Miss Arizona USA in Dr. Anne Jakrajutatip Miss Universe Ownership.

The Court of Candace Kanavel Miss Arizona USA 2023 includes five runners-up, Jordyn Owen 1st Runner-up, Khayla Munir 2nd Runner-up, Zari Chacon 3rd Runner-up, Sammi Landsman 4th Runner-up and Victoria Jackson 5th Runner-up.

Candace Leigh Kanavel is Japanese-American, has been a police officer for some years who catches bad guys & loves the color pink, and enjoys running as a form of self care.
Kanavel loves horses, the color green, and sushi.

Kanavel tells a stop in the pageant journey “Miss Arizona USA orientation day looks a little different this year, It’s happening via zoom + I’ll be at work! But it’s 2023 and women are multifaceted so we adapt and make it happen.”
- Officer Kanavel Miss Tempe USA

Kanavel was always sure what she wanted, says "Early on in my college career, Political Science was the major I originally declared. Two things were clear at that point: I had a love for my country and I wanted to make a difference by helping people." She is a Arizona State University alum with Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science & Criminal Justice.

Kanavel is pageant veteran with many titles to her credit over the past years. She takes Miss Arizona USA 2023 Crown this time passing step by step in pageant system as 1st Runner-up Miss Arizona USA 2022 and Miss Congeniality, Top 28 in 2021, Semi-Finalist 2020, Miss Santa Clara County USA, Non-Finalist Miss California USA 2019, Semi-Finalist AZ USA 2018, 3rd Runner-up Miss Arizona USA 2017 as Miss North Tempe USA 2017, and Non-Finalist 2015.

Candace is a San Jose, California native who moved to Tempe, Arizona to further her education at Arizona State University. Candace always wanted to pursue a career in local law enforcement (and she did it, as of now she is working for 4+ years) with hopes of later being recruited to the FBI and working as an agent or spokeswoman for the agency. 

Contestant's Statement

I could write a book about all that I’ve learned through my entire experience in pageantry. Title: WORTH IT. Regardless of each outcome I have never walked away empty handed & I know this year won’t be any different.

We are less than two weeks away so mark your calendars! May 28-29 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, AZ. I would love nothing
more than to see some familiar faces in the crowd ☺️ tickets are on sale now online & at the @higleycenter box office!

Thank you for all of the love and support over the years

*special thanks to @_michaelfranco_ for delivering my favorite headshot to date

Happy National Police Week!

We have faced some extremely challenging times as a profession over the last few years — on top of the challenges that are inherently a part of the job — but I’m proud to wear the badge over my heart and be on the front lines of impact.

Here are some fun mems from over the years! A few reminders in honor of this week:
- say thanks! It’s often a thankless job despite the long hours, holidays and family time missed, and a the ugliness we see and endure. Gratitude goes a long way
- be kind
- remember we are humans doing our best

- Candace Kanavel

Kanavel On Call Miss USA Pageant & People's Choice Vote

Vote Miss Arizona USA – Candace at

Kanavel is a dedicated police officer and the driving force behind ‘Yes She CAN,’ her initiative that focuses on bolstering confidence and capability among women. With a firm belief in the importance of self-defense and situational awareness, Candace has channeled her expertise as a law enforcement professional to create a platform that equips women with essential skills. 

At 27 years old, Candace is a proud Japanese-American who graduated from Arizona State University, where she honed her skills and passion for community engagement and personal development. Her diverse background and education have propelled her towards becoming an advocate for change.  Candace’s commitment to service shines through her work with ‘Yes She CAN’ and other organizations that help victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.

Her dedication extends beyond her role in law enforcement as she actively contributes to building a society where women feel empowered, secure, and capable.


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