Miss USA 1994
Miss USA 1994 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 11, 1994
EntertainmentDoug Stone
VenueSouth Padre Island, Texas
BroadcasterCBS, KGBT-TV
WinnerLu Parker
South Carolina South Carolina
CongenialityDenise White
Oregon Oregon
PhotogenicPatricia Southall
Virginia Virginia
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Miss USA 1994 was the 43rd Miss USA pageant, televised live from the South Padre Island Convention Centre on South Padre Island, Texas on February 11, 1994. At the conclusion of the final competition, Lu Parker of South Carolina was crowned by outgoing titleholder Kenya Moore of Michigan.[1]

The pageant was hosted by Bob Goen for the first of three years replacing Dick Clark, with color commentary by Arthel Neville and a special guest appearance by Laura Harring, Miss USA 1985. Entertainment was provided by Doug Stone. During the live broadcast, the organizers of that year's Miss Universe pageant held in Manila, Philippines were introduced during the show along with that country's representative to said international competition, Charlene Bonin Gonzales, Miss Philippines 1994.

Host city

This was the first of three consecutive years that the pageant was held on South Padre Island. The announcement that the pageant would be held there was made on August 11, 1993.[2]

Contestants arrived on January 27 for two weeks of events and preliminary competitions before the final telecast. This included a dinner event in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, put on by the mayor and city officials, which became an issue when rebel activity on the United States-Mexican border led to fears for the contestants' safety. The city had contributed more than $100,000 to South Padre's bid to host the pageant, fundraising that was mirrored by other cities in the Rio Grande Valley.[3]



Map showing placements by state
Map showing placements by state
Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1994
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 6
Top 12

Special awards

Historical significance


Preliminary competition

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

Final competition


The Miss USA 1994 delegates were:

Contestant notes



  1. ^ "Miss South Carolina Crowned Miss USA". The Associated Press. 1994-02-11.
  2. ^ "Padre Island to host Miss USA Pageant". Austin American-Statesman. 1993-08-11. p. B4.
  3. ^ "Miss USA event hushed Matamoros officials' concerns over rebel situation cited". The Dallas Morning News. 1994-01-12.
  4. ^ Staggs, Jeffrey (1994-02-07). "District's entry in Miss USA sets sights on Capitol". The Washington Times.
  5. ^ Landry, Julie (1994-02-10). "Beautiful dreamer: hard work fuels quest for title". The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  6. ^ "Belmont woman wins Miss Mass. crown". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. 1993-11-29.
  7. ^ "Miss Nebraska USA Crowned". The Omaha World-Herald. 1993-10-18.
  8. ^ White, Ken (1994-02-02). "Miss Nevada willing to take risks". The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  9. ^ "Lake Oswegan claims crown". Portland Oregonian. 1993-06-01.
  10. ^ "Leah Hulan crowned Miss Tennessee USA". Business Wire. 1993-11-03.
  11. ^ Martinez, Monica (1993-07-28). "Miss El Paso wins pageant". Austin American-Statesman.
  12. ^ "Wilder aide is '94 Miss Virginia USA". Roanoke Times & World News. 1993-10-04.
  13. ^ Blake, Laurie (1993-11-11). "Miss Minnesota USA reaches crown and glory again // Five years ago she had to forfeit her title". Star-Tribune Newspaper of the Twin Cities Mpls.-St. Paul. p. 03B.