Miss USA 1987
Miss USA 1987 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 17, 1987
  • Chuck Connors
  • The Kirtland Air Force Saber Drill Team
  • The Naval Air Training Command Choir
VenueTingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
BroadcasterCBS, KRQE
WinnerMichelle Royer
Texas Texas
CongenialityLori Lynn Dickerson
California California
PhotogenicSophia Marie Bowen
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
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Miss USA 1987 was the 36th Miss USA pageant, televised live on February 17 from Albuquerque, New Mexico on CBS. The ceremonies were hosted for the last time by Bob Barker. At the conclusion of the final competition, Michelle Royer of Texas was crowned Miss USA, becoming the third consecutive winner from Texas.



Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1987
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 11

Final competition score

Special awards

Background music

Historical significance

Note: This is the final year that Bob Barker hosted the pageant after 20 consecutive years (1967-1987). His stance on fur coats being given as prizes and being worn by the top 11 during the telecast's swimsuit completion resulted in a great deal of media attention surrounding the issue. Bob Barker resigned and Alan Thicke became the host in 1988.




Host Bob Barker, a fervent animal rights activist, threatened to pull out of the pageant when he discovered that the delegates would be wearing real fur coats during the swimsuit competition segment. As Barker was already in New Mexico at the time, there was no time to find a replacement host and pageant officials agreed to a change. The delegates wore simulated fur for the segment, but real fur was still given as a prize to the Miss USA winner. Barker went on to host the 1987 Miss Universe pageant held in Singapore in May before stepping down for good.[1]

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