Miss Teen USA 1996
DateAugust 21, 1996
EntertainmentThe Monkees
VenuePan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico
WinnerChristie Lee Woods
Texas Texas
CongenialityLavinia Magruder
PhotogenicKelly Gaudet
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Miss Teen USA 1996, the 14th Miss Teen USA pageant, was televised live from Las Cruces, New Mexico on 21 August 1996. At the conclusion of the final competition, Christie Lee Woods of Texas was crowned by outgoing queen Keylee Sue Sanders of Kansas.[1]

The pageant was hosted by Bob Goen for the third and final year, with color commentary by Shari Belafonte and entertainment from The Monkees. This was the only year that the pageant was held in Las Cruces, although Albuquerque had previously played host to the 1987 Miss USA pageant. For the first time ever, 6 out of 10 semifinalists were African-American.


Map showing placements by state
Map showing placements by state


Final results Contestant
Miss Teen USA 1996
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 6 (in order of placement)
Top 10 (in order of placement)

Special awards

Historical significance


Preliminary competition

The following is the contestants average scores in the preliminary competition.

Final competition scores


The Miss Teen USA 1996 delegates were:




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  3. ^ "Kelly Gaudet of Miami crowned 1996 Miss Florida Teen USA". Business Wire. 1995-11-25.
  4. ^ "Area contestant in Miss Teen show". The Baton Rouge Advocate. 1996-08-21.
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  7. ^ Trout Lowen, J (1995-11-28). "A little bit teen-ager, a little bit beauty queen: Liverpool High School junior crowned Miss New York Teen USA". Syracuse Herald-Journal.
  8. ^ "Holland Hall Student Is Miss Oklahoma Teen USA". Tulsa World. 1995-10-18.
  9. ^ "UT coed competes for Miss Teen USA; Newport native represents state at national pageant". The Knoxville News-Sentinel. 1996-08-14.
  10. ^ Pierce, Annie (1996-08-19). "Vancouver teen-ager eagerly practicing for national pageant". The Columbian.
  11. ^ "Miss Teen winner to represent state". Charleston Gazette. 1996-08-17.