Miss New Mexico USA
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersEl Paso
Miss USA
Official language
WebsiteOfficial website
Onawa Lacy, Miss New Mexico USA 2006

The Miss New Mexico USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Mexico in the Miss USA pageant. It is directed by Laura's Productions based in El Paso, Texas.[1]

New Mexico achieved many placements in the 1960s to the '80s and produced one Miss USA, Mai Shanley in 1984. The most recent placement was Bianca Wright in 2023, placing in the Top 20.

Bianca Wright of Anthony, New Mexico was crowned as Miss New Mexico USA 2023 on June 4, 2023 at the NMSU Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. She represented New Mexico at Miss USA 2023 and placed Top 20.

Results summary



Color key
Year Name Hometown Age[a] Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2023 Bianca Wright Anthony 28 Top 20
2022 Suzanne Perez Portales 25 Top 12 First Filipino American Miss New Mexico USA
2021 Christa Schafer Las Cruces 26
2020 Cecilia Rodriguez South Valley 27 Longest reigning Miss New Mexico USA at 1 year, 6 months and 20 days
2019 Alejandra Gonzalez[citation needed] Las Cruces 26 1st runner-up Competed at Miss Texas USA several times[2]
2018 Kristen Leyva[3][4] Las Cruces 23 New Mexico State University Graduate 2016, Mechanical Engineering
2017 Ashley Mora Albuquerque 25
2016 Naomie Germain Bernalillo 22
2015 Alexis Duprey Alamogordo 24 Triple crown winner
2014 Kamryn Blackwood Farmington 22
2013 Kathleen Danzer[citation needed] Rio Rancho 24
2012 Jessica Martin Las Cruces 21
2011 Brittany Toll Las Cruces 22 Top 16 People's Choice & Fan Favorite in Swimwear Competition Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2005 and Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2005
2010 Rosanne Dene Aguilar Sunland Park 23 Sister of Raelene Aguilar, Miss New Mexico USA 2008 & Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2000.
2009 Bianca Matamoros-Koonce Albuquerque 22
2008 Raelene Aguilar Sunland Park 26 Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2000
2007 Casey Messer Alamogordo 23
2006 Onawa Lacy Gallup 23
2005 Jacqueline Deaner Las Cruces 25
2004 Jenna Hardin Lovington 21 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 13th Place
2003 Alina Ogle Albuquerque 21 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 6th Place Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1999
2002 Ellen Colyer Farmington
2001 Jennifer Adams Las Cruces
2000 Christina Ortega Las Cruces
1999 Michelle Rios Santa Teresa 23 Top 5, Finishing in 5th Place
1998 Maya Strunk Farmington
1997 Tanya Harris Tatum
1996 Layla Linn
1995 Jacqueline Grice Albuquerque
1994 Jill Vasquez Albuquerque 24 Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1988 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 1988; Former co-director of the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants under her married name, Jill Vasquez-Foley, Former line captain of the NFL Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders
1993 Daniela Johnson Albuquerque Mother of Annika Bennion, Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen 2020–21, and Bronté Bennion, Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen 2022
1992 Charlotte Holland
1991 Tiffany Danton
1990 Larissa Canaday
1989 Traci Brubaker Alamogordo 1st runner up in Miss Oktoberfest 1988
1988 Stephanie Storrie Clovis 2nd runner up in Miss Oktoberfest 1987
1987 Kriston "Kiki" Killgore Albuquerque 19 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 7th Place Winner/1st Place - Best State Costume
1986 Heather Howell Farmington
1985 Brenda Denton Hobbs 21 1st runner-up Later Miss World USA 1985 & 2nd Runner-up at Miss World 1985, 1st runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1984 as Miss Texas
1984 Mai Therese Shanley Alamogordo 21 Miss USA 1984 Previously Miss New Mexico 1983

First Asian American Miss New Mexico USA
Semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1984

1983 Kristin Larsen Santa Fe
1982 Lisa Allen Las Cruces
1981 Lise Gabrielle Dominique Thevenet Las Cruces 23 Graduated from New Mexico State University in 1979 and died at age 55 on August 2, 2013, in Greenwood Village, Colorado
1980 Kathy Patrick Anthony Semi-finalist, Finishing in 6th Place Miss Oktoberfest 1980 as Miss Texas
1979 Michele Sandoval Albuquerque Miss Photogenic
1978 Marlena Garland Las Cruces 4th runner-up
1977 Denise Funderburk Albuquerque Semi-finalist, Finishing in 12th Place
1976 Jonelle Bergquist Albuquerque Semi-finalist, Finishing in 10th Place
1975 Maxine Whisler Albuquerque
1974 Jan Nilsson Los Alamos
1973 Carolyn Cline Albuquerque 20 Later Miss Florida 1978 and then Miss America 1979 2nd runner up.
1972 Donna Reel Albuquerque Semi-finalist (Top 12), Finishing in 10th Place Later Miss New Mexico 1974 and top 10 at Miss America 1975. Also Miss New Mexico World 1973 and top 16 at Miss World USA 1973.
1971 Debbie Clary
1970 Theresa Phillips Las Cruces
1969 Mary Gard Semi-finalist, Finishing in 9th Place
1968 Bonnie Tafoya Las Cruces 4th runner-up
1967 Clydia Newell
1966 Susan Franz Roswell 19
1965 Judith Baldwin 2nd runner-up
1964 Did Not Compete
1963 Sandra Fullingim Semi-finalist, Finishing in 11th Place
1962 Herma Loy Elliott Portales
1961 Georgi Edwards
1960 Kaye Smith
1959 Carol Jones
Sue Ingersoll Withdrew admidst controversy over the Catholic church's regulations around swimsuit competitions.[5]
1958 Sandi Bullis
1957 Patricia Stafford
1956 Jackie Brown Albuquerque
1955 Joan Schwartz Semi-finalist
1953-1954 Did Not Compete
1952 Kay Nail
  1. ^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. ^ "Home Page". Laura's Productions. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Alejandra Gonzalez". Pageant Update.
  3. ^ "Kristen Leyva Crowned Miss New Mexico USA 2018". The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ "NMSU engineering alumna crowned Miss New Mexico USA". College of Engineering. 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  5. ^ "Quits Contest". The Albuquerque Tribune. 20 July 1959. Retrieved 20 June 2023.