Janel Bishop
Janel Bishop

Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss New Hampshire Teen USA 1991
Miss Teen USA 1991
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 1991
Miss Teen USA 1991

Janel Bishop (born 1974) is an American beauty queen who won the 1991 Miss Teen USA title. She is the first African-American winner of this pageant.[1][2]


Bishop won the Miss New Hampshire Teen USA title and represented New Hampshire in the Miss Teen USA 1991 pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi on 19 August 1991.[3] She became the first contestant from New Hampshire to win the Miss Teen USA title and was crowned by outgoing titleholder Bridgette Wilson of Oregon.[4] Bishop received more than $150,000 in cash and prizes as part of her prize package.[1] At the time of her pageant win, Bishop was a student at Manchester West High School and wished to pursue a career in education.[5]


  1. ^ a b Howard, J. Lee (21 August 1991). "Miss New Hampshire 1st black teen queen". The Clarion-Ledger.
  2. ^ "One of these pageant queens lost her crown over social media. The other did not. Why?". Vox. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ "It's been a year of big surprises". The Statesman Journal. 25 August 1992.
  4. ^ "New Hampshire girl wins Miss Teen title". The Pantagraph. 21 August 1991.
  5. ^ "N.H. teen wins Miss Teen USA pageant Monday". The Baton Rouge State Times. 20 August 1991. p. 13-A.