Miss USA is an American beauty pageant that has been held annually since 1952 to select the entrant from United States in the Miss Universe pageant.

Titleholders

Eight Miss USA winners have gone on to become Miss Universe and are indicated in bold face. From 1967 on, a runner-up was selected to replace any Miss USA titleholder who won the Miss Universe pageant.

Key
Year State Miss USA Hometown Age[a] Placement at Miss Universe
1952 New York Jackie Loughery Brooklyn 22 Top 10
1953 Illinois Myrna Hansen[1] Chicago 18 1st Runner-Up
1954 South Carolina Miriam Stevenson[2] Winnsboro 21 Miss Universe 1954
1955 Vermont Carlene King Johnson[3] Rutland 22 Top 15
1956 Iowa Carol Morris[4] Ottumwa 20 Miss Universe 1956
1957 Maryland Mary Leona Gage Glen Burnie 18 Disqualified (note: was officially announced as Top 15 Semi-Finalist at the time of her disqualification)
Utah Charlotte Sheffield[5] Salt Lake City 20
  • Succeeded Mary Leona Gage as Miss USA 1957 after Gage was dethroned
  • She competed at Miss World 1957, but was a non-finalist[6]
1958 Louisiana Eurlyne Howell[7] Bossier City 18 3rd Runner-Up
1959 California Terry Lynn Huntingdon[8] Mount Shasta 19 2nd Runner-Up
1960 Utah Linda Bement[9] Salt Lake City 18 Miss Universe 1960
1961 Louisiana Sharon Brown[10] Minden 18 4th Runner-Up
1962 Hawaii Macel Wilson Honolulu 19 Top 15
1963 Illinois Marite Ozers Chicago 19 Top 15
1964 District of Columbia Bobbi Johnson Washington, D.C. 19 Top 15
1965 Ohio Sue Ann Downey Columbus 20 2nd Runner-Up
1966 California Maria Remenyi El Cerrito 21 Top 15
1967 Alabama Sylvia Hitchcock Tuscaloosa 21 Miss Universe 1967
Florida Cheryl Patton North Miami 18
  • 2nd Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA title after 1st Runner-Up Susan Bradley of California declined when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe
1968 Washington Dorothy Anstett Kirkland 20 4th Runner-Up
1969 Virginia Wendy Dascomb Danville 19 Top 15
1970 Deborah Shelton Norfolk 20 1st Runner-Up
1971 Pennsylvania Michele McDonald Butler 18 Top 12
1972 Hawaii Tanya Wilson Honolulu 22 Top 12
1973 Illinois Amanda Jones Evanston 22 1st Runner-Up
1974 Karen Morrison St. Charles 19 Top 12
1975 California Summer Bartholomew Merced 23 2nd Runner-Up
1976 Minnesota Barbara Peterson Edina 22 Unplaced
1977 Texas Kimberly Tomes Houston 21 Top 12
1978 Hawaii Judi Andersen Honolulu 20 1st Runner-Up
1979 New York Mary Therese Friel Pittsford 20 Top 12
1980 South Carolina Shawn Weatherly Sumter 20 Miss Universe 1980
Arizona Jineane Ford Gilbert 20
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Shawn Weatherly won Miss Universe
1981 Ohio Kim Seelbrede Germantown 20 Top 12
1982 Arkansas Terri Utley Cabot 20 4th Runner-Up
1983 California Julie Hayek La Cañada 22 1st Runner-Up
1984 New Mexico Mai Shanley Alamogordo 21 Top 10
1985 Texas Laura Martinez-Herring El Paso 21 Top 10
1986 Christy Fichtner Dallas 23 1st Runner-Up
1987 Michelle Royer Keller 21 2nd Runner-Up
1988 Courtney Gibbs Fort Worth 21 Top 10
1989 Gretchen Polhemus Fort Worth 23 2nd Runner-Up
1990 Michigan Carole Gist Detroit 20 1st Runner-Up
1991 Kansas Kelli McCarty Liberal 21 Top 6
1992 California Shannon Marketic Malibu 21 Top 10
1993 Michigan Kenya Moore Detroit 22 Top 6
1994 South Carolina Lu Parker Charleston 25 Top 6
1995 Texas Chelsi Smith Deer Park 21 Miss Universe 1995
New York Shanna Moakler New York 20
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe
1996 Louisiana Ali Landry Breaux Bridge 22 Top 6
1997 Hawaii Brook Lee Pearl City 26 Miss Universe 1997
Idaho Brandi Sherwood Idaho Falls 26
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Brook Lee won Miss Universe
1998 Massachusetts Shawnae Jebbia Boston 26 Top 5
1999 New York Kimberly Pressler Franklinville 21 Unplaced
2000 Tennessee Lynnette Cole Columbia 21 Top 5
2001 Texas Kandace Krueger Austin 24 2nd Runner-Up
2002 District of Columbia Shauntay Hinton Washington, D.C. 23 Unplaced
2003 Massachusetts Susie Castillo Lawrence 23 Top 15
2004 Missouri Shandi Finnessey Florissant 25 1st Runner-Up
2005 North Carolina Chelsea Cooley Charlotte 21 Top 10
2006 Kentucky Tara Conner Russell Springs 20 4th Runner-Up
2007 Tennessee Rachel Smith Clarksville 21 4th Runner-Up
2008 Texas Crystle Stewart Missouri City 26 Top 10
2009 North Carolina Kristen Dalton Wilmington 22 Top 10
2010 Michigan Rima Fakih Dearborn 24 Unplaced
2011 California Alyssa Campanella Los Angeles 21 Top 16
2012 Rhode Island Olivia Culpo[11] Cranston 20 Miss Universe 2012
Maryland Nana Meriwether Potomac 27
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe
2013 Connecticut Erin Brady East Hampton 25 Top 10
2014 Nevada Nia Sanchez Las Vegas 24 1st Runner-Up
2015 Oklahoma Olivia Jordan Tulsa 26 2nd Runner-Up
2016 District of Columbia Deshauna Barber Washington, D.C. 26 Top 9
2017 Kára McCullough 25 Top 10
2018 Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers Omaha 23 Top 20
2019 North Carolina Cheslie Kryst Charlotte 28 Top 10
2020 Mississippi Asya Branch Booneville 22 Top 21
2021 Kentucky Elle Smith Louisville 23 Top 10
2022 Texas R'Bonney Gabriel Houston 28 TBA

Gallery

Winners by state

Miss USA winners by state[b]
Miss USA winners by state[b]
State Number Years
Texas Texas 10
California California 6
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia 4
New York (state) New York
Hawaii Hawaii
Illinois Illinois
North Carolina North Carolina 3
Michigan Michigan
Louisiana Louisiana
South Carolina South Carolina
Kentucky Kentucky 2
Maryland Maryland
Tennessee Tennessee
Massachusetts Massachusetts
Ohio Ohio
Virginia Virginia
Utah Utah
Mississippi 1 2020
Nebraska Nebraska 2018
Oklahoma Oklahoma 2015
Nevada Nevada 2014
Connecticut Connecticut 2013
Rhode Island Rhode Island 2012[c]
Missouri Missouri 2004
Idaho Idaho 1997[d]
Kansas Kansas 1991
New Mexico New Mexico 1984
Arkansas Arkansas 1982
Arizona Arizona 1980[d]
Minnesota Minnesota 1976
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 1971
Washington (state) Washington 1968
Alabama Alabama 1967[c]
Florida Florida 1967[g]
Iowa Iowa 1956
Vermont Vermont 1955

The state later won the Miss Universe title indicated in bold
The state later inherited the Miss USA title after the original titleholder crowned Miss Universe indicated in italics

States have yet to win Miss USA

There have been no Miss USA winners from the following states:

Notes

  1. ^ Ages at the time of Miss USA
  2. ^ Map includes titleholders who were dethroned or resigned and runners-up who assumed the title after the original winner was dethroned or resigned
  3. ^ a b c d e Relinquished the title to a runner-up after winning Miss Universe
  4. ^ a b c d Originally 1st Runner-Up and assumed the Miss USA title when the original winner was crowned Miss Universe
  5. ^ Dethroned by pageant officials for breaking pageant protocol, and the title was passed to a runner-up
  6. ^ Originally 1st Runner-Up and assumed the Miss USA title when the original winner was dethroned
  7. ^ Originally 2nd Runner-Up and assumed the Miss USA title when the original winner was crowned Miss Universe and the 1st Runner-Up declined the title

References

  1. ^ "Chicagoan Named Miss US". Spokane Daily Chronicle. July 16, 1953. p. 6.
  2. ^ Associated Press (July 24, 1954). "Dixie Beauty Picked as "Miss Universe"". The Miami News. p. 1.
  3. ^ Associated Press (July 21, 1955). "Miss Vermont is Miss USA". The Nashua Telegraph. p. 16.
  4. ^ "Iowa Girl acclaimed as "Miss Universe"". Tri City Herald. July 22, 1956. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Beauty Named 1957 Miss USA". Sarasota Journal. July 18, 1957.
  6. ^ "MANNERS & MORALS: Stairway to the Stars". Time. July 29, 1957. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Louisiana Lovely Chosen Miss US". The Miami News. July 24, 1958. p. 1.
  8. ^ "Coed Named Miss USA". Reading Eagle. July 23, 1959. p. 6.
  9. ^ "Utah Beauty Named New Miss USA". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. July 8, 1960.
  10. ^ "Louisiana Lass is "Miss USA"". The Tuscaloosa News. July 14, 1961. p. 1.
  11. ^ Miss Rhode Island, Cranston's Olivia Culpo, wins Miss USA pageant