Miss Arkansas USA
Formation1952
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersLenexa, Kansas
Membership
Miss USA
Official language
English
Key people
John M. Vannatta
Jason Vannatta
Jennifer Vannatta-Fisher
WebsiteOfficial website

Miss Arkansas USA, previously known as Miss Arkansas Universe,[1][2] is the beauty pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arkansas in the Miss USA pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. The pageant is directed by Vanbros and Associates.[3][4][5][6]

The current Miss Arkansas USA is Rylie Wagner of Ozark, Arkansas and was crowned on April 10, 2022. Wagner represented Arkansas for the title at Miss USA 2022.

Arkansas's most successful placement was in 1982, when Terri Utley was crowned Miss USA. The most recent placement was Savannah Skidmore in 2019 who placed in the Top 5, the state's highest placement since 1982. Five Miss Arkansas USA titleholders were former Miss Arkansas Teen USA titleholders who competed at Miss Teen USA. The longest reigning titleholder was Haley Rose Pontius in 2020, having held the title for 18 months, while the shortest titleholder was Stephanie Barber in 2021, having held the title for 10 months and 18 days.

The state pageant was directed by Premier Pageants from 2002 to 2007 before becoming part of the Vanbros organization, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. In 2018, Vanbros chose Fort Smith, Arkansas as the new host city of the pageant. Other host cities for the pageant have included Bentonville, Little Rock, Magnolia, and West Memphis.[7][8][9]

Gallery of titleholders

Results summary

Placements

Arkansas holds a record of 14 placements at Miss USA.

Awards

Winners

Color key
Year Name Hometown Age[a] Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2023 Miss Arkansas USA 2023 will be crowned on April 30, 2023[10]
2022 Rylie Wagner Ozark 21
2021 Stephanie Barber Fayetteville 22
  • Shortest reigning Miss Arkansas USA
2020 Haley Rose Pontius Houston 23
  • Previously Miss Teen International 2013 and IJM International Miss 2017
  • Longest reigning Miss Arkansas USA
2019 Savannah Skidmore[11] Calico Rock 23 Top 5
2018 Lauren Weaver Greenwood 21
2017 Arynn Johnson Hot Springs 19
2016 Abby Floyd[13] Searcy[13] 19 Top 10
2015 Leah Blefko Fayetteville 21
2014 Helen Wisner Fayetteville 25
2013 Hannah Billingsley Franklin 22
2012 Kelsey Dow Jonesboro 21 Top 16
2011 Lakynn McBride White Hall 20
2010 Adrielle Churchill Dover 24 Top 15
2009[citation needed] Chanley Painter Conway 24 Top 10
2008 Rachel Howells Alma 21
2007 Kelly George Sherwood 24
2006 Kimberly Forsyth Cabot 26
2005 Jessica Furrer Conway 22 Top 15
2004 Jennifer Sherrill Sherwood 19 Miss Photogenic
2003 Taylor Carlisle Jacksonville 21
2002 Amber Boatman Norphlet 23
2001 Jessie Davis Harrison
2000 Whitney Moore Cabot 22
1999 Allison Heavener
1998 Kami Tice Huntsville
1997 Tamara Henry Little Rock 25
1996 Tiffany Parks 20
1995 Kristen Bettis
1994 Hannah Hilliard Little Rock
1993 Kati Fish Hot Springs
1992 Jona Garner
1991 Angela Rockwell
1990 Kathryn Harris Pine Bluff 18
1989 Paige Yandell Greenwood
1988[citation needed] Melissa Staples Calion
1987[citation needed] Sheri Smeltzer Smackover
1986[citation needed] Rhonda Blaylock Springdale
1985[citation needed] Susan Dean Osceola
1984[citation needed] Shelly Boyd Manila
1983[citation needed] Debra Baltz Paris
1982 Terri Utley[15] Cabot 20 Miss USA 1982[15]
1981[citation needed] Lynnanne Derryberry Jerusalem
1980[citation needed] Susie Owens Jacksonville
1979[citation needed] Cynthia Caldwell Jacksonville
1978[citation needed] Donna Funderburk El Dorado
1977[citation needed] Debra Duree Texarkana
1976[citation needed] Sonia Kay Jines Conway
1975[citation needed] Robin Fields Hot Springs
1974[citation needed] Gina Huddle
1973 Christal Phiffer[1] Texarkana[1]
1972 Susan Tichenor[16] Pine Bluff[16] 21[16]
1971 Paula Keith[17] Little Rock[17] 20[17]
1970 Mary Dial[18] Malvern[18] 21[18] Top 15
1969 Leonette Reed
1968 Ann Smithwick[5] Jacksonville[5] 19[5] Top 15
1967 Katy Wurst[19][20] Fort Smith[19][20] 19[20]
1966 Peggy Jones
1965 Jeri Haynie[4] El Dorado[4]
1964 Barbara McGlothlin
1963 Cheryl Bechtelheimer
1962 Linda Riggan Leola
  • 2nd runner up at Miss American Beauty 1964 (Title for US Rep to Miss International pageant)
1961 Mickey Lambert
1960 Gene Chambers
1959 Donna Needham Top 15
1958 Nancy Hill
1957 Helen Garrott Top 15
1956 Nancy McCollum 2nd Runner-Up[21]
1955 Margaret Haywood Jonesboro 1st Runner-Up
1954 Jineane Marie Ford Top 21
1953 Jackie Stucker
1952 Barbara Wathen

Notes

  1. ^ Age at the time of the crowning

References

  1. ^ a b c "Pageant Winners". Hope Star. April 3, 1973. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "March 24". The Courier News. March 24, 1969. p. 1. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Prudenti, Richard Dean (April 25, 2007). "Pageant Company Selects Bentonville For Events". The Morning News. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c "To Perform". El Dorado Daily News. April 4, 1967. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b c d "Named at ASU". Northwest Arkansas Times. May 6, 1968. p. 8. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Miss Universe for State to Be Named". Northwest Arkansas Times. February 18, 1971. p. 2. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "To Perform". El Dorado Daily News. April 4, 1967. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Named at ASU". Northwest Arkansas Times. May 6, 1968. p. 8. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Miss Universe for State to Be Named". Northwest Arkansas Times. February 18, 1971. p. 2. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Event Information". Miss Arkansas USA. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  11. ^ Christman, Jennifer (November 25, 2018). "PAPER TRAILS: Former Miss Arkansas wins Miss Arkansas USA crown". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
  12. ^ "New Miss Arkansas named after Shields wins Miss America". Arkansas Online. September 12, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c Rolf, Carol (December 13, 2015). "Searcy woman named Miss Arkansas USA". Arkansas Online. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Michaud, Sarah; Tracy, Brianne (October 21, 2017). "Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney Marries Hannah Billingsley — All the Wedding Details!". People Magazine.
  15. ^ a b Coghlan, Curtis (May 14, 1982). "Miss Arkansas Crowned Miss USA". The Daily Journal. p. 4. Retrieved May 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ a b c Associated Press (April 17, 1972). "Miss Arkansas Universe named". Hope Star. p. 6. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ a b c "Shorts". The Camden News. May 11, 1971. p. 2. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ a b c "Arkansas Beauty". Northwest Arkansas Times. May 1, 1970. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ a b "UA Freshman Places Second in Contest". Northwest Arkansas Times. May 1, 1967. p. 8. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ a b c "Magnolia Girl Wins Contest". Hope Star. May 1, 1967. p. 1. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
  21. ^ "Clergyman's daughter may be Miss Universe". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. July 19, 1956. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.