Miss USA 1952
DateJune 27, 1952
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California
Entrants42
Placements10
WinnerJackie Loughery
 New York
CongenialityValerie Jackson
 Montana
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Miss USA 1952 was the inaugural Miss USA pageant, held on June 27, 1952 at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California. Forty-two of the then forty-eight states competed for the inaugural Miss USA (the states without representatives were Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Wyoming). The winner was Jackie Loughery of New York. Loughery represented United States at Miss Universe 1952 the following day where she placed in the Top 10. She became an actress and appeared in a number of films and television programs.

Results

Placements

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1952
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality

Delegates

State Name Hometown Age Placement Special Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Doris Edwards Gadsden
Arizona Arizona Charlene Hendricks Tempe
Arkansas Arkansas Barbara Wathen
California California Gloria Maxwell Los Angeles
Colorado Colorado Josephine Barbie
Connecticut Connecticut Jo Kuhlmann Hartford
Delaware Delaware Sue J. Langton Wilmington
Florida Florida Yvonne Pearis
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Betty Jane Wood
Idaho Idaho Cherrie Jean Lindsey
Illinois Illinois Sherry Matulis Peoria 19
Indiana Indiana Virginia Johnson Top 10
Kansas Kansas Bette Renick
Kentucky Kentucky Jean Tingle
Louisiana Louisiana Jeanne Thompson Baton Rouge 1st Runner-up Only woman to compete at Miss USA twice.

Previously Miss Louisiana 1951

Maine Maine Jean Marie Lemire Old Town
Massachusetts Massachusetts Vel Dorne Boston
Michigan Michigan Judy Hatula Top 10
Minnesota Minnesota Jodell Stirmlinger St. Paul Top 10
Mississippi Mississippi Carolyn Thomas
Missouri Missouri Carolyn Carlew 2nd Runner-up
Montana Montana Patricia McGinty Miss Congeniality
Nevada Nevada Barbara Jean Clark Las Vegas
New Jersey New Jersey Ruth Jane Hampton Merchantville 20 Top 10
New Mexico New Mexico Kay Nail
New York (state) New York Jacqueline "Jackie" Loughery Brooklyn Winner Semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1952
North Carolina North Carolina Doris Stanley Greensboro
North Dakota North Dakota Gloria Rowe
Ohio Ohio Margie Broering Cincinnati
Oklahoma Oklahoma Trula Birchfield Oklahoma City 4th Runner-up
Oregon Oregon Beth Bailey
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Jeanne Ferguson Philadelphia
Rhode Island Rhode Island Delores Selinder Providence
South Carolina South Carolina Margie Allen
South Dakota South Dakota Marlene M. Rieb
Tennessee Tennessee Jean Harper Memphis 18 3rd Runner-up Previously Miss Tennessee 1951

Top 15 at Miss America 1952

Texas Texas Charlene McClary Houston
Utah Utah Carol Jean Isbell Salt Lake City 20
Vermont Vermont Elizabeth Whitcomb Essex Junction
Virginia Virginia Elizabeth Glenn Roanoke
Washington (state) Washington Adele Slaybaugh Kennewick 18
Wisconsin Wisconsin Jeannie Eleanor Huston Milwaukee 20

Historical significance