Miss New York USA
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss USA
Official language
Key people
Deborah Miller
Cindy Provost
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss New York USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the State of New York in the Miss USA pageant. It is directed by D&D Productions.

The current titleholder is Rachelle Di Stasio of New York City who was crowned on August 6, 2023. She represented New York at Miss USA 2023


New York is one of the most successful states at Miss USA, and is ranked third in terms of number and value of placement across all years of competition.[1] New York's strongest run was an unbroken string of placements from 1957 to 1966. New York also had a streak of 3 consecutive 1st runner-up placements from 1972 to 1974. In 1954, Karin Huitman was 2nd runner-up. She later moved up to be 1st runner-up, as the original 1st runner-up, Miss Virginia USA was dethroned due to underage (she was 16). As there was no rule in 1954 that if Miss USA won Miss Universe, first runner-up became Miss USA, Karin was only 1st runner-up. Huitman went on to become Miss World USA 1954 and 1st runner-up at Miss World 1954.

New York has the third (equal) highest number of Miss USA victories. They also have the third highest number of semi-finalist (or better) placings (33).[2]

Four Miss New York USAs have competed at Miss Teen USA, including one who went on to win the Miss USA crown: Kimberly Pressler and the other inherited the Miss USA title: Shanna Moakler. Of these, only three held the title Miss New York Teen USA; one represented Rhode Island (Moakler) and one New Hampshire (Maureen Murray). Only one Miss New York USA has competed at Miss America.

Gallery of titleholders

Results summary

Placements in Miss USA

New York holds a record of 37 placements at Miss USA.



Color key
Year Name Hometown Age[b] Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2023 Rachelle Di Stasio New York City 26
2022 Heather Nunez New York City 26
2021 Briana Siaca Brentwood 27
2020 Andreia Gibau Manhattan 24 Top 10
2019 Florinda Kajtazi[citation needed] Yonkers 27
2018 Génesis Suero Brooklyn 25
2017 Hannah Lopa Spencerport 24 Top 10 Currently a MotoAmerica sports reporter at beIN Sports
2016 Serena Bucaj Suffern 22
2015 Thatiana Diaz Queens 22 Top 15
2014 Candace Kuykendall Rochester 24
2013 Joanne Nosuchinsky Hell's Kitchen 24 Currently works as an actor based in New York; permanent panelist on Fox News Channel's Red Eye and panelist on The Greg Gutfeld Show.
2012 Johanna Sambucini Brooklyn 24
2011 Amber Collins Manhattan 26 Top 16
2010 Davina Reeves New York City 26
2009 Tracey Chang New York City 25 Born in China
2008 Danielle Roundtree New York City 18 Also a contestant on season 8 of American Idol, cut in the Hollywood rounds
2007 Gloria Almonte Bronx 23
2006 Adriana Diaz Bronx 21
2005 Meaghan Jarensky Bronx 26 Top 10 (8th)
  • Later Mrs. New York America 2010 under her married name, Meaghan Castaldi.[3]
  • Was contestant on Fear Factor in 2005 on the Miss USA episode #5.29 (3rd place)
2004 Jaclyn Nesheiwat New York City 23 Later Mrs. Florida America 2008 and first runner-up to Mrs. America 2008 under her married name, Jaclyn Stapp[4]
2003 Nadia Behette Bay Ridge 25
2002 Karla Cavalli Mineola 25 Top 12 (12th)
2001 Lisa Pavlakis Islip 22
2000 Carrie Tucker Nesconset 25 Top 10 (8th)
1999 Melissa Huggins did not compete Successor to crown
Kimberly Pressler Franklinville 21 Miss USA 1999
1998 Susan Wisdom Smithtown
1997 Ramona Rueter Rochester 26
1996 Keelin Curnuck Levittown 23
1995 Shanna Moakler New York City 19 1st runner-up
1994 Jennifer Gareis New York City 23 Top 6 Finalist (6th) Soap actress best known for her roles on The Young and the Restless (Grace Turner) and The Bold and the Beautiful (Donna Logan)
1993 Wendy Mock Levittown 21 Semi-finalist (12th)
1992 Christine Beachak Peekskill Represented New York in Miss Oktoberfest 1993, did not place
1991 Maureen Murray New York City 24 Semi-finalist (7th) Previously Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 1983
1990 Patricia Murphy Pearl River
1989 Jennifer Fisher Rochester
1988 Linnea Mancini Carmel 24 Went on to become the pageant director for The CW reality show Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants
1987 Constance McCullough New York City
1986 Beth Laufer West Islip
1985 Lovey King Yonkers
1984 Caroline Flury West Seneca Miss Oktoberfest 1983 as Miss Buffalo
1983 Jennifer Mikelinich Huntington Semi-finalist (12th)
1982 Annemarie Henderson Monroe
1981 Deborah Fountain Bronx 25
1980 Debra Sue Maurice New York City Semi-finalist (8th) 1st runner-up in Miss World America 1978 as Miss Massachusetts World
1979 Mary Therese Friel Pittsford Miss USA 1979 Semifinalist at Miss Universe 1979
1978 Darlene Javits Plainview
1977 Debbie Martin New York City
1976 Carol Doerr New York City
1975 Sonja Anderson New York City Later Miss New York 1976
1974 Barbara Cooper Brooklyn 1st runner-up Miss Photogenic
1973 Susan Carlson Schenectady 1st runner-up
1972 Alberta Phillips Westbury 1st runner-up
1971 Barbara Lopez Yorktown Heights
1970 Christina Tefft New York City Semi-finalist (11th)
1969 Rosemary Hradek West Hempstead Semi-finalist (10th)
1968 June West New York City Semi-finalist (9th)
1967 Wendy Cox Bronxville
1966 Nancy Self New York City Semi-Finalist (8th) Best State Costume.
1965 Gloria Jon New York City Semi-finalist (8th)
1964 Dorothy Langhans Wantagh Semi-finalist (9th) 4th runner up at Miss USA World 1965
1963 Jeanne Quinn East Meadow 19 Semi-finalist (9th)
1962 Sherralyn Patecell Flushing Semi-finalist
1961 Alexa Currey New York City 3rd runner-up
1960 Mary Rodite New York City 1st runner-up
1959 Arlene Nesbitt New York City 4th runner-up 2nd runner-up in the 1960 Miss Sun Fun USA Pageant
1958 Virginia Fox New York City Semi-finalist (9th)
1957 Sanita Pelkey New York City Semi-finalist (12th)
1956 Kay Douglas New York City
1955 Janet Kadlecik New York City Semi-finalist (8th)
Patricia O'Kane New York City Top 15 She represented  New York City and finished in the Top 15.
1954 Karin Hultman New York City 1st runner-up
Renee Roy New York City 2nd runner-up She represented  New York City and finished as 3rd runner-up, but later 2nd runner-up after the original 2nd moved one place up taking the place of the 1st runner-up
1953 Reta Knapp New York City Semi-finalist (16th)
1952 Jacqueline "Jackie" Loughery Brooklyn Miss USA 1952 Semifinalist at Miss Universe 1952
  1. ^ Shanna Moakler was 1st runner-up at Miss USA, but succeeded the Miss USA title when Chelsi Smith became Miss Universe.
  2. ^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


Pageant Hosts 2020: Augusto Valverde (TV Host from Global Child) & Hanna Lopa


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