Miss Nevada USA
Formation1952; 72 years ago (1952)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersLas Vegas
Miss USA
Official language
Exec. Director
Shanna Moakler
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss Nevada USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Nevada in the Miss USA pageant.

While Nevada did well in the early years of the Miss USA pageant, they only placed once from 1987 to 2000. This streak was broken by Gina Giacinto's finalist placing in Miss USA 2001. Many Miss Nevada USA titleholders previously competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss America pageants. Seven titleholders previously held the Miss Teen USA state titles six of which having won Miss Nevada Teen USA and the other was Miss Washington Teen USA, three held the Miss Nevada Crown in the Miss America Pageant.

Nia Sanchez of Las Vegas became the first Miss USA ever from the state of Nevada when she was crowned Miss USA 2014, she later placed first runner-up in Miss Universe 2014 to Paulina Vega of Colombia.

Josie Stephens of Fallon was crowned Miss Nevada USA 2023 on June 25, 2023, at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. She represented Nevada at Miss USA 2023 and placed Top 20.

Gallery of titleholders

Results summary


Nevada holds a record of 26 placements at Miss USA.



Color key
Year Name[1] Hometown Age1 Local title Placement Special awards Notes
2023 Josie Stephens Fallon 27 Miss Sun Valley Top 20
2022 Summer Keffeler Paradise 21 Miss Paradise
2021 Kataluna Enriquez Las Vegas 27 Miss Silver State
2020 Victoria Olona Henderson 27 Miss Paradise Top 16
2019 Tianna Tuamoheloa[citation needed] North Las Vegas 25 Miss Silver State Top 5
2018 Carolina Urrea Sunrise Manor 23 Miss Paradise 2nd runner-up
2017 Lauren York Primm 22 Miss North Las Vegas
2016 Emelina Adams Anthem, Nevada 23 Miss Henderson
2015 Brittany McGowan Spring Valley, Nevada 24 Miss Chateau 3rd runner-up
2014 Nia Sanchez[2] Southern Highlands (Nevada) 23 Miss South Las Vegas Miss USA 2014
2013 Chelsea Caswell[3] Summerlin 23 Miss West Las Vegas Top 10
2012 Jade Kelsall[4] Las Vegas 26 Miss Whitney Ranch 3rd runner-up
2011 Sarah Chapman[5] Henderson 27 Miss Henderson Sister of Miss California USA 2004 Ellen Chapman
2010 Julianna Erdesz Reno 25 Miss Reno Previously Miss Nevada 2008
2009 Georgina Vaughan[6] Las Vegas 20 Miss Castle Rock Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 2006.
2008 Veronica Grabowski Henderson 23
2007 Helen Salas Las Vegas 21 4th runner-up
Katie Rees Las Vegas 22 did not compete Stripped of the title on December 21, 2006, due to inappropriate photographs.[7][8]
2006 Lauren Scyphers[9] Gardnerville 20 Top 15
2005 Shivonn Geeb[10] Las Vegas 25 Originally first runner-up, assumed the title after Sloan Bailey's resignation
Sloan Bailey Las Vegas did not compete Resigned in January 2005 for personal reasons.[10]
2004 Victoria Franklin Las Vegas 20 Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1998, 2nd runner up in Miss Teen USA 1998
2003 Ashley Huff Henderson 22 Previously Miss Nevada 2001
2002 Jenny Valdez[11] Las Vegas Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000 & 2001
2001 Gina Giacinto Las Vegas 26 Top 5 Previously Miss Nevada 1999
2000 Alicia Carnes[12] Las Vegas Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1995
1999 Shaynee Smith[13] Las Vegas 23
1998 Tammie Rankin Las Vegas Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1993
1997 Ninya Perna[14] Green Valley 23
1996 Alisa Castillo Las Vegas
1995 Brook Hammon Las Vegas Previously Miss Nevada Teen USA 1991
1994 Angela Lambert Las Vegas
1993 Alexis Oliver Las Vegas
1992 Alesia Prentiss Las Vegas Miss Congeniality
1991 Jodi Jensen Las Vegas
1990 Michele Yegge Las Vegas
1989 Janu Tornell Las Vegas Contestant on Survivor: Palau[15]
1988 Lagracella Omran Las Vegas 20 Best State Costume[16]
1987 Tammy Perkins Las Vegas 21 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 8th Place
1986 LeAnna Grant Las Vegas Previously Miss Nevada 1984
1985 Alicia Berger[17] Las Vegas Host of Access Hollywood,[18] judge of Miss USA 2009 pageant[19]
1984 Donna Lee McNeil Las Vegas
1983 Christa Lane Daniel Las Vegas Semi-finalist, Finishing in 7th Place
1982 Andrea Pennington Las Vegas
1981 Mary Lebsock Las Vegas
1980 Kimberlee Guider Las Vegas
1979 Aleasha Magleby Las Vegas
1978 Dawn Jameson Las Vegas
1977 Mary O'Neal Contino Las Vegas 1st runner-up Played lead role in Australian television series Chuck Finn[20]
1976 Janice Carrell Las Vegas Represented Nevada at the 1975 Miss World USA pageant
1975 Madonna Allison Las Vegas
1974 Linda Dryden Las Vegas Semi-finalist
1973 Laura Fritz Las Vegas
1972 Tracey Lynn Whitney Las Vegas
1971 Anita Laurie Las Vegas
1970 Sheri Schruhl Las Vegas 2nd runner-up
1969 Karen Esslinger Las Vegas Semi-finalist
1968 Kathy Landry Las Vegas 2nd runner-up
1967 Jacqueline Moore Las Vegas Semi-finalist
1966 Mary Martin Las Vegas
1965 Denyse Turner Las Vegas Semi-finalist
Bunny Baxter Las Vegas Resigned
1964 Pamela Diane Morris Las Vegas
1963 Kathee Francis Las Vegas Semi-finalist
1962 Janet Hadland Las Vegas 4th runner-up
1961 Karen Weller Las Vegas 2nd runner-up
1960 Did Not Compete
1959 Joy Blaine Las Vegas Semi-finalist
1958 Terry Jeffers[21] Las Vegas
1957 Joan Adams Las Vegas 2nd runner-up She finished as 3rd runner-up, but succeeded to 2nd runner-up when the 2nd runner-up took the place of the 1st runner-up
1956 Marley Sanderson Las Vegas
1955 Did Not Compete
1954 Mary Jane Arnold Las Vegas
1953 Earlene Whitt Las Vegas Semi-finalist
1952 Barbara Jean Clark Las Vegas

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

See also


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  2. ^ Plaisance, Stacey (8 June 2014). "Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez wins Miss USA; she is Silver State's first winner". Las Vegas Sun. Associated Press. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  3. ^ Leach, Robin (29 January 2013). "2013 Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell wins pre-23rd birthday". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  4. ^ Przybys, John (31 May 2012). "Chance meeting leads Jade Kelsall to Miss Nevada USA crown". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  5. ^ Katsilometes, John (16 June 2011). "Miss Nevada USA Sarah Chapman: Preschool exec, model, beauty queen — and children's book author". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  6. ^ Cox, Diana (2008-12-10). "Valley residents crowned in pageant". Las Vegas Sun.
  7. ^ Sedensky, Matt (December 23, 2006). "Ex-Miss Nevada USA Apologizes for Photos". Fox News.
  8. ^ Associated Press (December 30, 2006). "Miss Nevada USA won't get her tiara back". East Valley Tribune.[dead link]
  9. ^ Rafferty, Jo (2006-02-26). "Douglas High graduate represents state in Miss USA competition". The Record-Courier.
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  11. ^ Di Dio, Deana (2001-11-19). "NEWSMAKERS: Pageant winner keeps busy schedule while reaching goals". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  12. ^ Whitely, Joan (2000-01-30). "Former magician's assistant hopes to pull a win out of the hat as Miss USA". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  13. ^ Kern, Kirk (1999-01-30). "Pageant winner in finals". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  14. ^ Willert, Tim (1996-10-16). "Perna's plans for pageant lofty". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  15. ^ "Reality check". Newsday. 2005-04-25.
  16. ^ "Work Clothes Win". The Victoria Advocate. 1988-02-23.
  17. ^ "1992 Miss Nevada Teen USA Executive Directors". Miss Nevada USA pageant. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
  18. ^ "Alicia Jacobs". My News Three. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
  19. ^ "Miss USA judge yanks essay due to threats". UPI. 2009-04-29.
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  21. ^ Koch, Ed (3 December 2013). "Philanthropist had long love affair with Nevada history, dance troupe Rhythmettes". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 29 April 2015.