Miss USA 1991
Kelli McCarty 2010.jpg
Miss USA 1991 Kelli McCarty
DateFebruary 22, 1991
VenueCentury II Convention Center, Wichita, Kansas
WinnerKelli McCarty[1]
Kansas Kansas
CongenialityCharlotte Ray
New Jersey New Jersey
PhotogenicPat Arnold
North Carolina North Carolina
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Miss USA 1991 was the 40th anniversary of the Miss USA pageant, televised live from the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas on February 22, 1991. At the conclusion of the final competition, Kelli McCarty of Kansas was crowned[1] by outgoing titleholder Carole Gist of Michigan. Kelli became the first titleholder from Kansas and only the 3rd winner to be crowned as Miss USA in her home state.

The pageant was hosted by Dick Clark for the third of five years, with color commentary by Barbara Eden for the only time and Miss USA 1970 Deborah Shelton for the first time.

This was the second of four years[citation needed] that the pageant was held in Wichita, Kansas.[1]

This year was the first time that introduced the delegates in region by region and one by one in the Parade of States. The regions are The Midwest, The South, The Northeast, The Northwest, and The Southwest.

This year was also the last year that the 1st Runner-Up would go onto represent the US at Miss World as the Miss World Organization from this point forward stop accepting 1st Runner-Ups from Miss USA due to the pageant not making a public announcement that the 1st Runner-Up was going to compete at Miss World. Starting in 1992, a separate pageant would be held to determine the US delegate for Miss World.

Miss USA 1991 Titlecard
Miss USA 1991 Titlecard



Map showing placements by state
Map showing placements by state
Color keys
Final Results Contestant International pageant International Results
Miss USA 1991 Miss Universe 1991 Top 6
1st Runner-Up Miss World 1991 Top 10
2nd Runner-Up
Top 6
Top 11

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Best State Costume

Historical significance


Preliminary competition

The following are the contestants' scores in the preliminary competition.

Final competition


The Miss USA 1991 delegates were:



See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Pageant entrant to answer claims of nude dancing". The Day. Knight-Ridder Newspapers. 1991-03-07. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  2. ^ "People: Telling all". The Toledo Blade. 1991-03-08. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  3. ^ Baird, Jim (1991-03-07). "People Watch: Stripping defense". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2016-10-01.