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Miss USA 1989
Miss USA 1989 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 28, 1989
EntertainmentTommy Tune
VenueMobile Civic Center Theatre, Mobile, Alabama
BroadcasterCBS, WKRG
WinnerGretchen Polhemus
Texas Texas
CongenialityKimberly Nicewonder
Virginia Virginia
Best State CostumeKelly Holub
Illinois Illinois
PhotogenicElizabeth Primm
Louisiana Louisiana
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Miss USA 1989 was the 38th Miss USA pageant, televised live from the Mobile Civic Center Theatre in Mobile, Alabama on February 28, 1989. At the conclusion of the final competition, Gretchen Polhemus of Texas was crowned by outgoing titleholder Courtney Gibbs. She was the fifth consecutive Miss Texas USA to win the pageant.

This was the first Miss USA pageant hosted by Dick Clark (The Miss Universe Pageant was hosted by John Forsythe that year), with color commentary by Angie Dickinson. This pageant was held in Alabama for the first and so far only time.


Map showing placements by state
Map showing placements by state


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1989
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Best State Costume

Final competition

Preliminary Swimsuit

state score state score state score score state state score state score
Oklahoma Oklahoma 8.887 Maine Maine 8.205 New York (state) New York 7.912 Connecticut Connecticut 7.773 Washington (state) Washington 7.587 Rhode Island Rhode Island 6.840
Texas Texas 8.872 Maryland Maryland 8.204 Arkansas Arkansas 7.885 Michigan Michigan 7.723 Washington, D.C. District of Columbia 7.573
Louisiana Louisiana 8.715 Iowa Iowa 8.185 Alabama Alabama 7.883 Missouri Missouri 7.716 Tennessee Tennessee 7.516
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 8.704 Kentucky Kentucky 8.184 South Dakota South Dakota 7.881 Idaho Idaho 7.694 North Dakota North Dakota 7.504
Arizona Arizona 8.696 Colorado Colorado 8.115 Massachusetts Massachusetts 7.877 West Virginia West Virginia 7.681 Hawaii Hawaii 7.486
Illinois Illinois 8.491 Wyoming Wyoming 8.040 Montana Montana 7.874 South Carolina South Carolina 7.675 Delaware Delaware 7.340
California California 8.428 Nebraska Nebraska 8.023 Wisconsin Wisconsin 7.844 Minnesota Minnesota 7.674 Nevada Nevada 7.177
Virginia Virginia 8.384 Mississippi Mississippi 7.967 Florida Florida 7.821 Ohio Ohio 7.647 New Mexico New Mexico 7.152
North Carolina North Carolina 8.324 New Jersey New Jersey 7.924 Alaska Alaska 7.803 Vermont Vermont 7.612 Utah Utah 7.050
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 8.223 New Hampshire New Hampshire 7.915 Kansas Kansas 7.781 Oregon Oregon 7.592 Indiana Indiana 6.961

Historical significance


The following celebrities were invited to judge the competition:[1]


The Miss USA 1989 delegates were:

Contestant notes


  1. ^ "Miss USA". The Durant Daily Democrat. Associated Press. March 1, 1989. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  2. ^ Associated Press (1987-08-04). "Metroplex beauty wins Miss Texas". Houston Chronicle. p. 10.