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OTRC: Meet a few of the 2011 Miss USA contestants

Several contestants in the 2011 Miss USA pageant talk to OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith, who was Miss USA 2007. (OnTheRedCarpet.com)

The 2011 Miss USA pageant airs on Sunday, but the 51 contestants have been living in Las Vegas all month, preparing for the event and OnTheRedCarpet.com caught up with the ladies before their big day.

OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith, who was voted Miss USA 2007, asked the girls about their bikini contest preparations, rooming situations and what kind of drama has gone down behind the scenes, but the ladies insisted that this year's group has been diva free.

"Even I expected the girls to be really catty when I got here but the girls are really awesome," said Miss Vermont, Lauren Carter. "There are really no huge divas, there's no crazy cutting of gowns or anything. Everybody's pretty awesome, we're all friends."

Miss Tennessee, Ashley Elizabeth Durham also agreed that the contestants are more laid-back than they were when she competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2006.

"It's a lot different, the girls are very competitive but we have a pretty laid-back group this year, we're having a lot of fun," Durham said. "But tomorrow's prelims, so we'll see when the claws come out."

While Miss California claimed she's been eating cake and ice cream, most of the women said that they had to change their eating habits gearing up to the competition.

"I don't diet," said Miss North Carolina, Brittany Leigh York. "But this is one of the one times that, even if you're naturally thin, you still have to diet and work out because a lot of these girls are naturally thin. So you have to stay very strict and very scheduled on your workout routines... our hospitality room is open 24/7 and it's got Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Butterfingers are on the menu - lots of goodies like that. Stay away from the hospitality room. No midnight munchies."

Meanwhile, former Miss USA Rima Fakih, who will surrender her crown during the Sunday's Miss USA pageant, is weighing her options for the future. Fakih said that she plans on "sleeping for a week" following the end of her reign but offered some words of advice for the next Miss USA.

"This is Miss USA, this is not just any beauty pageant - there are beauty pageants and then there's Miss USA," she said. "What I would want [aspiring contestants] to know is to remember every year, have a scrapbook, know that the crown you're going to wear doesn't mean you're the most beautiful girl in the United States - you're an ambassador."

"You are someone who's going to give a lot of people a lot of hope," she added. "I didn't know I was going to be giving so many people hope - immigrants, Arabs, Muslims, you know. But everyone's looking up to you and it's not just saying 'Oh, I've got a pretty dress on.' Every time you take every step and every time you say any word, whether it's on Facebook or in person, you have to know that you're leading the United States of America."

Sunday's show will be hosted by "E! News" co-anchor Giuliana Rancic and Bravo's "Watch What Happens: Live" host and the network's Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Andy Cohen.

The "Miss USA Pageant" airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Additional reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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