Miss USA 1981
Miss USA 1981 opening titles.jpg
DateMay 21, 1981
PresentersBob Barker
VenueGulf Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, Mississippi
BroadcasterCBS, WJTV
Entrants51
Placements12
WinnerKim Seelbrede
Ohio Ohio
CongenialityCynthia Kerby
 California
PhotogenicCynthia Kerby
 California
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Miss USA 1981 was the 30th Miss USA pageant, televised live on May 21, 1981 from the Gulf Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi on CBS.

The pageant was won by Kim Seelbrede of Ohio, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Jineane Ford of Arizona. Seelbrede was the second woman from Ohio to win the Miss USA title, and went on to place as a semi-finalist in Miss Universe 1981.

The 1981 pageant featured only 50 delegates after Deborah Fountain of New York was disqualified during the preliminary judging after being found to have padded her swimsuit.[1] The final question that was asked by each of the Top Five delegates was "Your sister or best friend has been chosen for the Miss USA 1982 and she came to you for advice what would you tell her?"

This year marked the first year since 1957 a runner-up of Miss USA was sent to Miss World, this would continue until 1991 when the Miss World Organization stop accepting Runner-Ups from Miss USA, due to MUO refusing to make a public announcement during the pageant. Between 1958-1980, a separate pageant determined the US representatives at Miss World.

Results

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1981
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 12


Final Competition

State Preliminary

Average

Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Semifinal Average
Ohio OhioKim Seelbrede 8.801 (1) 9.396 (1) 9.592 (1) 9.567 (1) 9.518 (1)
Indiana Indiana – Holli Dennis 8.263 (5) 8.708 (5) 8.830 (6) 9.090 (4) 8.876 (5)
Louisiana Louisiana – Lisa Moss 8.645 (2) 9.159 (2) 9.338 (2) 9.290 (2) 9.262 (2)
California California – Cynthia Kerby 8.255 (6) 8.990 (3) 8.924 (5) 9.081 (5) 8.998 (3)
Hawaii HawaiiTeri Ann Linn 8.412 (3) 8.813 (4) 9.038 (3) 9.102 (3) 8.984 (4)
Alabama Alabama – JoAnne Henderson 8.125 (10) 8.432 (6) 8.930 (4) 8.965 (7) 8.775 (6)
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia – Lisa Condre 8.398 (4) 8.195 (7) 8.557 (7) 8.988 (6) 8.580 (7)
Arizona Arizona – Cassie Hill 8.129 (9) 8.177 (8) 8.535 (8) 8.212 (9) 8.308 (8)
Texas Texas – Diana Durnford 8.058 (12) 7.791 (11) 8.155 (10) 8.504 (8) 8.150 (9)
Virginia Virginia – Pam Hutchens 8.185 (8) 8.092 (9) 8.164 (9) 8.081 (11) 8.112 (10)
Tennessee Tennessee – Sharon Kay Steakley 8.066 (11) 8.075 (10) 8.076 (11) 8.090 (10) 8.080 (11)
Maryland Maryland – Linda Lambert 8.227 (7) 7.550 (12) 7.702 (12) 7.831 (12) 7.694 (12)
  Winner
  First runner-up
  Second runner-up
  Third runner-up
  Fourth runner-up
(#) Rank in each round of competition

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

(Kerby is the only Miss USA delegate to have won both special awards)

Historical significance of Miss USA 1981

Delegates

The Miss USA 1981 delegates were:

Judges

References

  1. ^ "Headliners; Truth in Packaging". New York Times. 1981-05-24. Retrieved 2010-05-10.