Miss California USA
Formation1952
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Membership
Miss USA
Official language
English
Key people
Kristen Bradford
WebsiteOfficial website

Miss California USA is the beauty pageant that selects the representative for the state of California in the Miss USA pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. The pageant is directed by Crown Diva Productions.

California's most successful placements were in 1959, 1966, 1975, 1983, 1992, and 2011, when Terry Huntingdon, Maria Remenyi, Summer Bartholomew, Julie Hayek, Shannon Marketic, and Alyssa Campanella, respectively, were crowned Miss USA. California's most recent placement was in 2020, when Allyshia Gupta placed in the Top 10.

The current Miss California USA is Tiffany Johnson of Lancaster, California, who is crowned on June 5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Johnson will now represent California at the Miss USA 2022.

History

The Miss California USA Pageant was produced by Carolee Munger. Prior to Ms. Munger, Guyrex Productions held the franchise for a number of years and produced successful televised pageants with over 100 participants. Before Guyrex, the pageant was produced by Dr. Leanord Stallcup, who took over the directorship after Faye Smith successfully led the way through the 1970s and 1980s. Also was produced by Top 10 Productions, Inc. San Diego-based. Top 10 was led by Pam Wilson and Alex Kuty, who have been involved in pageant and fashion production for many years. Top 10 took over for K2 Productions in 2013. K2 had a number of controversies but during its 9 years producing the pageant, it managed to be the top placing state at Miss USA, growing the entry numbers to the largest state pageant in the history of Miss USA and doing the first live television airing in over 10 years. In the beginning, K2 Productions was directed by former Miss Teen USA 1995, Keylee Sue Sanders, and Keith Lewis. K2 Productions was later directed by Lewis and briefly co-produced by Miss USA 1995, Shanna Moakler. In October 2021, Kristen Bradford of Crown Diva Productions took over the directorship for California pageants.

In 2009 Carrie Prejean was forced to resign after placing 1st runner-up at Miss USA 2009 after a controversy developed regarding the answer she gave to her final interview question at the national pageant.[1] Pageant organisers claimed she was fired due to contractual violations.[2]

California has produced a Miss USA every decade (except the 2000s) and is ranked second highest among states in terms of placements, after Texas.

Shauna Gambill, who won the national Miss Teen USA crown in 1994, is the only Miss California USA who has previously held the Miss California Teen USA title. As Miss California USA in 1998, Gambill placed 1st Runner-Up to Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts. Three Miss California USA titleholders have also competed in the Miss America pageant while two were former winners of the Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant.

Gallery of titleholders

Results summary

California holds a record of 50 placements at Miss USA, second overall behind Texas and ahead of New York and South Carolina.

Awards

Winners

Color key
Year Name Hometown Age[d] Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2022 Tiffany Johnson Lancaster 26 TBA TBA Former Los Angeles Clippers Professional Dancer
2021 Sabrina Lewis Berkeley 23
  • Shortest reigning titleholder (8 months and 24 days) without ever winning the Miss USA crown or appointing the title
2020 Allyshia Gupta Los Angeles 25 Top 10
  • Longest reigning titleholder (1 year, 7 months, and 17 days)
2019 Erica Dann San Francisco 27
2018 Kelley Johnson[3] Los Angeles 24 Top 10
2017 India Williams[5] Lafayette 20 Top 10
2016 Nadia Mejia Diamond Bar 20 Top 5
2015 Natasha Martinez Chino Hills 23
2014 Cassandra Kunze San Diego 20 Top 10 Miss Photogenic
2013 Mabelynn Capeluj[7] San Diego 21 Top 15
2012 Natalie Pack[8] Palos Verdes 22
2011 Katie Blair Los Angeles 23 Did not compete
Alyssa Campanella[9] Los Angeles 20 Miss USA 2011
2010 Nicole Johnson Westlake Village 24 Top 10
2009 Tami Farrell Los Angeles 25 Did not compete
Carrie Prejean San Diego 21 1st Runner-Up
2008 Raquel Beezley Barstow 21 Top 15
2007 Meagan Tandy Fontana 21 3rd Runner-Up
2006 Tamiko Nash Los Angeles 26 1st Runner-Up
2005 Brittany Hogan Escondido 20 1st Runner-Up
2004 Ellen Chapman San Jose 22
2003 Candice Sanders La Habre 26
2002 Tarah Peters San Diego 21 Top 12
2001 Jennifer Glover Castro Valley 21
2000 Rebekah Ann Keller Lakewood 25
1999 Angelique Breaux San Diego 21 2nd Runner-Up
1998 Shauna Gambill Acton 21 1st Runner-Up
1997 Alisa Kimble Lake Elsinore 27
1996 Shauna Lyn Searles Tustin 26
  • Previously Miss California USA 1992, after Shannon Marketic was crowned Miss USA 1992
1995 Deana Avila Laguna Niguel
1994 Toay Lynn Foster Oxnard
1993 Jane Olvera Fresno 23 Top 12
1992 Shauna Lyn Searles Los Angeles Did not compete
Shannon Marketic[10] Malibu 21 Miss USA 1992 Miss Photogenic
1991 Diane Schock Fontana 24 2nd Runner-Up
1990 Cynthia Nelson Gilroy
1989 Christina Maria Faust San Fernando Valley 23 Top 10
1988 Diana Magaña[11][12] Rancho Palos Verdes 22 1st Runner-Up
1987 Lori Dickerson[13] Lodi Miss Congeniality[14]
1986 Kelly Parsons Los Angeles 22 4th Runner-Up
1985 Zina Ponder Long Beach
1984 Theresa Ring San Diego 1987 Star Search spokesmodel
1983 Julie Lynne Hayek[15] Westwood 22 Miss USA 1983
1982 Suzanne Dewames Thousand Oaks
1981 Cynthia Kerby Westlake Village 3rd Runner-Up Miss Photogenic
Miss Congeniality
1980 Kari Lloyd Thousand Oaks
1979 Linda Fogarty Fullerton Top 12
1978 Donna Adrain Anaheim Top 12
1977 Pamela Gergely San Rafael 3rd Runner-Up
1976 Joni Pennock[16] Fullerton 20 Top 12
1975 Summer Bartholomew Merced 23 Miss USA 1975
1974 Gayle Gorrell Los Angeles 3rd Runner-Up
1973 Carol Herrema Artesia Top 12
1972 Kim Hobson San Mateo 2nd Runner-Up
1971 Karin Morrell Auburn Top 12
1970 Linda Hall Los Angeles Top 15
1969 Troas Hayes Sacramento 4th Runner-Up
1968 Suzanne Fromm Los Angeles Top 15 Best State Costume
1967 Susan Bradley Tustin 1st Runner-Up
1966 Maria Remenyi El Cerrito 20 Miss USA 1966 Miss Photogenic
1965 Kathryn Lee Hage Santa Monica Top 15
1964 Jeanne Venables Sacramento Top 15 Miss Congeniality
1963 Francine Herack Encino 4th Runner-Up
1962 Marilyn Tindall Los Angeles 3rd Runner-Up
1961 Pamela Stettler San Rafael 1st Runner-Up
1960 Teri Janssen Los Angeles Top 15
1959 Terry Lynn Huntingdon Mount Shasta 19 Miss USA 1959
1958 Donna Kay Brooks Los Angeles Top 15
1957 Peggy Jacobson Los Angeles Top 15
1956 Shirlee Witty Los Angeles
1955 Donna Schurr Los Angeles 3rd Runner-Up
1954 Sandra Constance Los Angeles Top 20
1953 Marcella Roulette Los Angeles Top 20
1952 Gloria Maxwell Los Angeles

Notes

  1. ^ Blair was originally the first runner-up, but inherited the title of Miss California USA 2011 when Alyssa Campanella was crowned Miss USA 2011. The two titles cannot be held simultaneously.
  2. ^ Farrell was originally the first runner-up, but inherited the title of Miss California USA 2009 when Carrie Prejean was dethroned during her reign.
  3. ^ Prejean was dethroned by the Miss California USA Organization and did not complete her reign.
  4. ^ Age at the time of crowning

References

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  9. ^ "Glitz, glamour, gowns". The Desert Sun. November 22, 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Miss USA crowned". Dallas Morning News. Associated Press. February 8, 1992. Retrieved 4 November 2010. Shannon La Rhea Marketic, Miss California USA, was crowned Miss USA 1992 Friday night in Wichita, Kan. The 22-year-old Pepperdine University student, a native of Malibu, looked upward when she realized she had won. She then made a thank-you gesture to the audience and judges.
  11. ^ "New Miss California". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1987-08-31. p. 6.
  12. ^ "Bringing Up Beauty / In the months before the Miss USA Pageant, advisers work on Miss California". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1987-10-01. p. 6.
  13. ^ "Miss California-USA". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1986-10-30. p. 6.
  14. ^ "Personal Mention". Houston Chronicle. 1987-02-13.
  15. ^ "Would-be dentist wears a crown". Philadelphia Daily News. May 13, 1983. Retrieved 4 November 2010. Miss California, Julie Lynne Hayek, a green-eyed student model who wants to be a dentist, was crowned Miss USA last night.
  16. ^ "Sharing Gospel is Great Joy for Miss California". The Deseret News. 1976-11-06.[permanent dead link]