Miss USA 1953
Myrna Hansen, MGM publicity photo (cropped).jpg
Myrna Hansen, Miss USA 1953, in 1957
DateJuly 16, 1953
PresentersBob Russell
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California
WinnerMyrna Hansen
CongenialityJeanne Vaughn Thompson
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Miss USA 1953 was the 2nd Miss USA pageant, held on July 16, 1953 at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California. Myrna Hansen of Illinois, won the competition and was crowned by outgoing titleholder, the first Miss USA, Jackie Loughery of New York. Hansen was 1st runner-up to Christiane Martel of France at Miss Universe 1953.


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1953
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
  • Utah Utah – Shauna Wood
Top 20

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality


State/City Name Hometown Age Placement Special Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Doris Edwards Birmingham 2nd Runner-up
Arizona Arizona Eleanor Ruth Cross Chandler
Arkansas Arkansas Jackie Stucker
California California Marcella Roulette Los Angeles Top 20
Colorado Colorado Jeanie Carroll Top 20
Connecticut Connecticut Beverlee Burlant Hartford
Idaho Idaho Patricia Carter
Illinois Illinois Myrna Hansen Chicago 17 Winner 1st Runner-up at Miss Universe 1953
Indiana Indiana Edith Krumme
Iowa Iowa Marilyn Shonka Sioux City Top 20
Kentucky Kentucky Mary Stice Top 20
Louisiana Louisiana Jeanne Thompson Baton Rouge Top 20 Miss Congeniality Only woman to ever compete at Miss USA twice.

Previously Miss Louisiana USA 1952

1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1952

Previously Miss Louisiana 1951

Maine Maine Jackie Lee Cape Neddick 22 Top 20
Maryland Maryland Diane Gale Durham Silver Spring
Massachusetts Massachusetts Joan Daly Somerville
Miami Beach, FL Kay Duggar Top 20
Michigan Michigan Jo Ann Page
Minnesota Minnesota Mary Ann Papke Minneapolis Top 20
Mississippi Mississippi Jessie Morgan Newton Previously Miss Mississippi 1951

Top 15 at Miss America 1952

Missouri Missouri Donna Gardner
Montana Montana Billie Jean Tyrell
Myrtle Beach, SC Mary Kemp Griffin 1st Runner-up Later represented the USA at Miss World 1953

5th runner-up at Miss World 1953

Nebraska Nebraska Berneta Nelson Top 20
Nevada Nevada Earlene Whitt Las Vegas Top 20
New Hampshire New Hampshire Muriel Roy
New Jersey New Jersey Susan Ruth Harris Haddonfield
New York (state) New York Reta Knapp New York City Top 20
North Carolina North Carolina Libby Walker Wilton
North Dakota North Dakota Marilyn Caufield
Ohio Ohio Eleanore Mack Bellaire 20 Top 20
Oklahoma Oklahoma Barbara Bond Oklahoma City
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Jeri Bauer Philadelphia Top 20
Rhode Island Rhode Island Barbara Rose Deigman Providence
South Carolina South Carolina Susan Anthony Day Top 20
South Dakota South Dakota Kathleen Herman
Texas Texas Joan Bradshaw Houston 17 Top 20
Utah Utah Shauna Wood Salt Lake City 23 4th Runner-up
Vermont Vermont Kathleen Marie Eugenia Surrel Brooklyn, NY 22
Virginia Virginia Dorothy Lee Bailey Norfolk
Washington (state) Washington Nancy Petraborg 3rd Runner-up
West Virginia West Virginia Fay Higley
Wisconsin Wisconsin Jacque Kimmel Milwaukee 24
Wyoming Wyoming Nancy Rogers Cheyenne

Historical significance

Panel of judges