Miss Montana 2020
Merissa Underwood has always had a strong connection to animals. The majority of her life has been dedicated to loving and caring for animals. Raised in the country, she was a member of the Future Farmers of America, which was formative to her understanding of how people see animals as commodities instead of equal beings. She has been a vegan and an animal rights activist for nearly 5 years, and is using her title of Miss Montana USA 2020 to bring greater awareness to the negative impact that factory farming has on our environment. She encourages people to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet, eliminate single-use plastic, reduce food waste & compost, and walk or take public transit whenever possible.