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Miss Teen USA is an American beauty pageant that has been held annually since 1983, either under the direct management of the Miss Universe Organization or, beginning with the 2021 competition, as a licensed pageant.[1] It was already an established national pageant before Miss Universe, Inc. began its own version of it in 1983.[2][3]

The first Miss Teen USA competition first took place as a mail-in photo contest conducted by Teen magazine in 1959.[2][4] It later took place as a live stage event.[5]

Titleholders

1959

1962 to 1968

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (February 2021)

Miss Teen USA titleholders from 1962 to 1968 include:

1980 to 1982

Miss Teen USA titleholders from 1980 to 1982 include:

1983 to present

This is a list of delegates who have won the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant during the era when it was run by or associated with the Miss Universe Organization, including to the present day.

Year Miss Teen USA Age State Hometown
1983 Ruth Zakarian 17 New York (state) New York Amsterdam
1984 Cherise Haugen 17 Illinois Illinois Sleepy Hollow
1985 Kelly Hu 16 Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu
1986 Allison Brown 17 Oklahoma Oklahoma Edmond
1987 Kristi Addis 16 Mississippi Mississippi Holcomb
1988 Mindy Duncan 16 Oregon Oregon Newberg
1989 Brandi Sherwood 18 Idaho Idaho Idaho Falls
1990 Bridgette Wilson 16 Oregon Oregon Gold Beach
1991 Janel Bishop 17 New Hampshire New Hampshire Manchester
1992 Jamie Solinger 17 Iowa Iowa Altoona
1993 Charlotte Lopez 16 Vermont Vermont Dorset
1994 Shauna Gambill 17 California California Acton
1995 Keylee Sue Sanders 18 Kansas Kansas Louisburg
1996 Christie Lee Woods 18 Texas Texas Huntsville
1997 Shelly Moore 18 Tennessee Tennessee Knoxville
1998 Vanessa Minnillo 17 South Carolina South Carolina Charleston
1999 Ashley Coleman 17 Delaware Delaware Camden
2000 Jillian Parry 18 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Newtown
2001 Marissa Whitley 18 Missouri Missouri Springfield
2002 Vanessa Semrow 17 Wisconsin Wisconsin Rhinelander
2003 Tami Farrell 18 Oregon Oregon Phoenix
2004 Shelley Hennig 17 Louisiana Louisiana Destrehan
2005 Allie LaForce 16 Ohio Ohio Vermilion
2006 Katie Blair 18 Montana Montana Billings
2007 Hilary Cruz 18 Colorado Colorado Louisville
2008 Stevi Perry 18 Arkansas Arkansas Hamburg
2009 Stormi Henley 18 Tennessee Tennessee Crossville
2010 Kamie Crawford 17 Maryland Maryland Potomac
2011 Danielle Doty 18 Texas Texas Harlingen
2012 Logan West 18 Connecticut Connecticut Southington
2013 Cassidy Wolf 19 California California Temecula
2014 K. Lee Graham 17 South Carolina South Carolina Chapin
2015 Katherine Haik 15 Louisiana Louisiana Franklinton
2016 Karlie Hay 18 Texas Texas Tomball
2017 Sophia Domínguez-Heithoff 17 Missouri Missouri Kansas City
2018 Hailey Colborn 17 Kansas Kansas Wichita
2019 Kaliegh Garris 18 Connecticut Connecticut New Haven
2020 Kiʻilani Arruda 18 Hawaii Hawaii Kapaa
2021 Breanna Myles 18 Florida Florida Port St. Lucie
2022 TBA TBA TBA TBA

Winners gallery

By number of wins

State Number Years
Texas Texas 3 1996, 2011, 2016
Oregon Oregon 1988, 1990, 2003
Hawaii Hawaii 2 1985, 2020
Connecticut Connecticut 2012, 2019
Kansas Kansas 1995, 2018
Missouri Missouri 2001, 2017
Louisiana Louisiana 2004, 2015
South Carolina South Carolina 1998, 2014
California California 1994, 2013
Tennessee Tennessee 1997, 2009
Florida Florida 1 2021
Maryland Maryland 2010
Arkansas Arkansas 2008
Colorado Colorado 2007
Montana Montana 2006
Ohio Ohio 2005
Wisconsin Wisconsin 2002
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 2000
Delaware Delaware 1999
Vermont Vermont 1993
Iowa Iowa 1992
New Hampshire New Hampshire 1991
Idaho Idaho 1989
Mississippi Mississippi 1987
Oklahoma Oklahoma 1986
Illinois Illinois 1984
New York (state) New York 1983

References

  1. ^ "Exclusive: Crystle Stewart takes on new leadership role for Miss USA, Miss Teen USA". Good Morning America. December 30, 2020. Retrieved February 26, 2021. The Miss Universe Organization is announcing that it is licensing both pageants to the former titleholder, actress and entrepreneur. ... Stewart is the first Black woman and person to ever hold the licensing rights to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.
  2. ^ a b c "Kathe Mullen A 'Miss Teen U.S.A.' Finalist". The Atlanta Constitution. June 13, 1959. p. 15. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Atlanta's Kathe Mullen, a pretty 16-year-old brunette, is one of 24 finalists selected from thousands of contestants throughout the nation for the title of 'Miss Teen U.S.A.,' which was won by Peggy Collins of Lake Charles, La. [Louisiana].
  3. ^ "Miss America, Miss Universe are not related". Detroit Free Press. September 17, 1983. p. 24. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. This year, Harold Glasser, who runs Miss Universe Inc., added a new pageant, 'Miss Teen USA,' seen on CBS Aug. 30.
  4. ^ a b "Michigan Teen Wins Honors". The Battle Creek Enquirer. June 6, 1959. p. 10 (12). Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Carol Spewock ... is one of four princesses in 'Teen magazine's 'Miss Teen U.S.A.' contest. The princesses are runner up to Peggy Collins, 17, of Lake Charles, La., [Louisiana] who won the title of 'Miss Teen' and an all-expense paid week in Hollywood plus other prizes. Judges were actors Paul Newman and Robert Wagner, actresses Shirley MacLaine and Janet Leigh, producer Jerry Wald, and fashion designer Edith Head. More than 8,000 teenage girls entered the six-month contest. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b "Miss Teen USA". Ames Daily Tribune. April 23, 1962. p. 10. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via Newspapers.com. SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — A pert 15-year-old brunette from Sioux Falls, S.D., was named 'Miss Teen USA' Saturday night at the teen-age fair at Pacific Ocean Park. Linda Henning won the title in competition with 32 other girls from across the nation at the climax of the week-long teen activities at the seaside amusement park.
  6. ^ "Miss Teen". The Ottawa Herald. Ottawa, Kansas. April 23, 1962. p. 4. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Photo caption: Linda Henning (center), 15, Sioux Falls, S D. [South Dakota], is crowned Miss Teen USA at Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica, Calif., by television comedian Soupy Sales.
  7. ^ "Gianna Greets Miss Teen". Getty Images. The Denver Post via Getty Images. March 6, 1963. Retrieved February 26, 2021. Photo caption: Gianna Costo, 3, Denver's Easter Seal Child, was on hand to welcome Miss Teen, U.S.A. ... Miss Teen is Linda Henning, 16, of Sioux Falls, S.D. She is in Denver for the kickoff luncheon of the Denver area Easter Seal campaign at the Hilton Hotel Friday.
  8. ^ "Ohio Girl Is Crowned As 'Miss Teen U.S.A.'". The Logan Daily News. Logan, Ohio. April 15, 1963. p. 4. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — A pretty Ohio teenager is reigning happily as 'Miss Teen U.S.A.' today. Judy Adams, 16, broke into tears Saturday night when she was announced as the winner ... Her prizes include a new car, a part in a Hollywood movie, a $1,000 wardrobe, A Canadian vacation and a year's supply of beauty kits and cosmetics.
  9. ^ a b "Miss Teen U.S.A. Named". Valley News. Van Nuys, California. April 25, 1965. p. 51. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Photo caption: New Miss Teen U.S.A. Susan Henning [1965], right, shows her trophy to last year's queen Nancy Spry [1964] of Van Nuys. Singer Bobby Darin crowned Long Beach State freshman. Some 35 teenagers beauties competed for title. Ceremonies were held at Moulin Rouge. (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Miss Teen USA". Detroit Free Press. April 18, 1965. p. 6. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Miss Teen USA was crowned in Los Angeles by singer Bobby Darin. She's Susan Henning, 18, a student at Long Beach, (Calif.) State College.
  11. ^ "Bert's Eye View". Independent Press-Telegram. Long Beach, California. April 3, 1966. p. 209. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. REIGNING Miss Teen, U.S.A., 19-year-old Susan Patricia Henning of Palos Verdes, has convinced herself of the wisdom of one cliche. That cliche: 'There's no business like show business.' As far as Susan is concerned, show business is no business for her. It is not a feeling that originates with the queenly duties required of a Miss Teen. Those duties are fun. They'll include major participation this week in the Miss Teen telecasts at 5 p.m.
  12. ^ "Teen Fair". Independent Press-Telegram. Long Beach, California. March 19, 1967. p. 85. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Photo caption: Miss Teen International Trio. Sally Field and Noel Harrison, hosts, with Cindy Lewis, 1966 Miss Teen U.S.A.
  13. ^ "Michigan Girl Is Miss Teen U.S.A." The News Messenger. Fremont, Ohio. April 11, 1968. p. 8. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Photo caption: Pamela Martin, 18, clutches her trophy as she accepts congratulations from other competitors in Hollywood after being named Miss Teen U.S.A. during the Teen Age Fair. Miss Martin is a junior at Seaholm high school in Birmingham, Mich. She competed against nine others for the U.S.A. title and on Saturday will be competing against 11 girls from foreign countries for the title of Miss Teen International.
  14. ^ "Arriba girl selected for Teen USA Pageant". Eastern Colorado Plainsman. Hugo, Colorado. April 17, 1980. p. 1. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via ecp.stparchive.com. This pageant is the official statewide finals for the Miss Teen USA Pageant, to be held in November of 1980. Susan McDannold of St. Albans, W.V. [West Virginia], is the current Miss Teen USA, and was crowned on Dec. 1, 1979 in Albuquerque, N.M.
  15. ^ a b c "Miss Teen Candidates Arrive". Albuquerque Journal. December 1, 1981. p. 21. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via abqjournal.newspapers.com. Susan McDannold, 19, of Tulsa, spent the whole day at Albuquerque International Airport, but she wasn't coming or going anywhere. Instead, she was welcoming the 50 contestants who are in town this week to compete for the title of Miss Teen [USA]. ... Miss McDannold, who won in 1979 [1980 title] and regained the crown last year [1981 title] when the winner, Tammy Jo Hopkins of Nebraska, couldn't make the required personal appearances due to a New York modeling contract, said the winners' trophies are five feet high now.
  16. ^ "Top Teen Named". Albuquerque Journal. November 24, 1980. p. 16 (B6). Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via abqjournal.newspapers.com. Tammy Jo Hopkins of Omaha, Neb., is the 1981 Miss Teen [USA]. The 17-year-old was crowned Saturday night in the Kiva Auditorium at the Convention Center. (another view of clipping)
  17. ^ Shield '81. Omaha, Nebraska: Westside High School. 1981. p. 79. (Yearbook full page article with three pageant photos of Hopkins wearing her "Miss Nebraska Teen" sash and crown. Quote: As Miss Nebraska Teen, Tammy Hopkins finds herself faced with a 'full-time' job. ... As Nebraska's representative, she participated in the national pageant held in New Mexico. Participated is quite an understatement considering that on November 22, she was our own Miss Teen U.S.A.")
  18. ^ "Kentuckian chosen runner-up". Messenger Inquirer. Owensboro, Kentucky. November 26, 1980. p. 19 (3C). Retrieved February 18, 2021 – via newspapers.com. Suellen Elliot, 18, Miss Kentucky Teen, was third runner-up in this year's TEEN U.S.A. pageant. ... Tammy Jo Hopkins of Omaha, Miss Nebraska Teen, won the contest, held last Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. (subscription required)
  19. ^ "Miss Teen's Nix on Beauty Pageants". New York Daily News. August 4, 1982. p. 9. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via newspapers.com. 'Winning the title has been very good for me, but I don't think I would ever want to be in another beauty pageant again. A lot of girls take it very hard when they lose and I don't want to take it that personal. ...' So, girls, take heed to Hugrun Ragnarsson, 18, who rounds out a full year as Miss Teen U.S.A. in November.