Miss USA 1961
DateJuly 13, 1961
VenueMiami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Entrants43
Placements15
WinnerSharon Brown
Louisiana
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Miss USA 1961 was the 10th Miss USA pageant, held in Miami Beach, Florida on July 13, 1961. The pageant was won by Sharon Brown of Louisiana, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Linda Bement of Utah. Brown's win gave Louisiana a second title in four years, marking the first time a state had won two Miss USA titles outright (Utah had two titleholders in 1957 and 1960, but Charlotte Sheffield in 1957 originally placed 1st runner-up, and inherited the crown after the disqualification of the winner). Two days after her victory, Brown went on to place as 4th runner-up at Miss Universe 1961.

Results

Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1961
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 15

Historical significance

Delegates

The Miss USA 1961 delegates were:

No state delegate sent: Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington