Miss USA 1954
DateJuly 24, 1954
PresentersBob Russell
VenueLong Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California
WinnerMiriam Stevenson
 South Carolina
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Miss USA 1954 was the 3rd Miss USA pageant, held on July 24, 1954 at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California. Miriam Stevenson, won the competition and later became Miss Universe. She was crowned by outgoing titleholder Myrna Hansen of Illinois.



Placement Contestant
Miss USA 1954
1st Runner-up
  • Virginia Virginia – Ellen Whitehead (Disqualified)
2nd Runner-up
3rd Runner-up
4th Runner-up
Top 21


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44 contestants competed for the title.

State/City Name Age[a] Hometown Notes
Arizona Arizona Bonnie Johnson Glendale
Arkansas Arkansas Jineane Marie Ford
California California Sandra Constance Los Angeles
Colorado Colorado Jeanie Carroll
Connecticut Connecticut Andrea Todd Hartford
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Laura Farley 21 Washington, D.C.
Florida Florida Rosemary Talucci
 Front Royal Carol Hammarck
Illinois Illinois Celeste Ravel 23 Chicago
Indiana Indiana Cecilia Dennis Milan
Iowa Iowa Ione Lucken Le Mars
Kansas Kansas Sue Ravencroft
Kentucky Kentucky Nikki Horner
Louisiana Louisiana Sadie Vinson New Orleans
Maryland Maryland Barbara Eschenburg Berlin Later disqualified for being underage
Massachusetts Massachusetts Nan Cowan Sterling
Memphis Janice Beverly Bowles
Michigan Michigan Gerri Hoffman
Minnesota Minnesota Dawn Joyce Minneapolis
Missouri Missouri Alice Porritt
Nebraska Nebraska Margie Winkhoff
Nevada Nevada Mary Jane Arnold Las Vegas
New Hampshire New Hampshire Myrna Louise Smith
New Jersey New Jersey Evelyn Orowitz 20 Collingswood
New York (state) New York Karin Hultman New York City Became 1st Runner-up after Miss Virginia USA was disqualified.
Later becames Miss World United States 1954
1st Runner-up at Miss World 1954
New York City New York City Renee Roy New York City
North Carolina North Carolina Ann Pickett Charlotte
North Dakota North Dakota Jane Hewitt
Ohio Ohio Barbara Randa 19 Painesville
Oregon Oregon Charlotte Miller
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Helen Vidovich Philadelphia
Philadelphia Philadelphia Elaine DuFeen Later disqualified for the national pageant
 Pleasure Beach Violet Fuchs
Rhode Island Rhode Island Joyce Anne Sandberg Warwick Previously Miss Rhode Island 1953
Later served as the First Lady of Rhode Island from 1973 to 1977
South Carolina South Carolina Miriam Stevenson 20 Winnsboro Miss Universe 1954
Previously Miss South Carolina 1953
Top 10 at Miss America 1954
South Dakota South Dakota Barbara Ann Brown
St. Louis St. Louis Jo Ann Lynde
Tennessee Tennessee Barbara Holly 21 Nashville
Texas Texas Betty Lee Houston
Utah Utah Laverna Laub 22 Salt Lake City
Vermont Vermont Georgia Laurise 24 New Haven
Virginia Virginia Ellen Whitehead Chatham Later disqualified due to being underage
Washington (state) Washington Darlene Shride
West Virginia West Virginia Sandra Waggy
Wisconsin Wisconsin Rita Delores Younger 21 Baraboo
Wyoming Wyoming Faith Radenbaugh Heart Mountain


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant