Kandace Krueger
Kandace Gayle Krueger

(1976-05-27) May 27, 1976 (age 47)[1]
Austin, Texas, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[citation needed]
SpouseRob Matthews
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Texas USA 2001
Miss USA 2001
Hair colorBlonde[citation needed]
Eye colorGreen / hazel[citation needed]
Miss USA 2001
Miss Universe 2001
(2nd Runner-Up)

Kandace Gayle Krueger Matthews (born May 27, 1976)[1] is an American beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 2001 and represented the United States in the Miss Universe 2001 where she placed second runner-up. She is the daughter of Larry and Barbara Johnson Krueger, and was born and raised in Austin, Texas.[citation needed]


Miss Texas USA

Krueger started competing in local Miss Texas USA pageants aged 18, placing in the top five but not winning. She won her first local title, Miss Williamson County USA, in 1999 and her second, Miss Austin USA, in 2000. Krueger competed in the Miss Texas USA pageant numerous times in 1990s without placing, although she came close to making the top twelve in 1999 at the Miss Texas USA 2000 pageant. In 2000, her first appearance in the pageant semi-finalis, Krueger won the Miss Texas USA 2001 title.[citation needed]

Miss USA 2001

Main article: Miss USA 2001

Krueger represented Texas at Miss USA 2001, in Gary, Indiana in March 2001. She reached the semi-finals, becoming the first Texan to make the top ten in three years, placed second in the swimsuit competition (9.38) and fourth in the evening gown competition (9.29). She entered the top five in second place, with an average combined score of 9.33. After the final interview round she was ranked second, but went on to win the pageant.[citation needed]

During her homecoming in Texas, she was given the key to the city of Austin, presented to the Senate, and met with governor Rick Perry.[2]

Miss Universe 2001

Main article: Miss Universe 2001

As Miss USA, Krueger earned the right to represent the United States at Miss Universe 2001 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, where she finished as second runner-up. She placed third in the swimsuit competition (9.37) and fourth in evening gown (9.45).[citation needed]

Career and family

Prior to Miss USA, Krueger attended Texas A&M University and studied journalism. Her ambition was to become a sports newsbroadcaster. She was given the chance to be a presenter for the Miss USA 2002 broadcast.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997". Ancestry.com. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Wizda, Sharyn (2001-04-04). "A Homecoming for Miss USA". The Austin Statesman. Archived from the original on 2001-08-05. Retrieved 2006-12-01.((cite news)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
Awards and achievements Preceded by Helen Lindes Miss Universe second Runner-Up 2001 Succeeded by Zhuo Ling Preceded by Lynnette Cole Miss USA 2001 Succeeded by Shauntay Hinton Preceded byHeather Ogilvie Miss Texas USA 2001 Succeeded byKasi Kelly