Miss USA 1996
Miss USA 1996 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 2, 1996
VenueSouth Padre Island, Texas
BroadcasterCBS, KGBT-TV
WinnerAli Landry
Louisiana Louisiana
CongenialityKu'ualoha Taylor
Hawaii Hawaii
PhotogenicAli Landry
Louisiana Louisiana
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Miss USA 1996 was the 45th Miss USA pageant, held at South Padre Island Convention Centre on South Padre Island, Texas culminating in the final competition and crowning on February 2, 1996.

At the conclusion of the final competition, Ali Landry of Louisiana was crowned by outgoing titleholder Shanna Moakler of New York.[1]

Landry is the first former Miss Teen USA state delegate to win the Miss USA title, the third Miss USA from Louisiana and the second Miss Louisiana USA to win both the Photogenic award and Miss USA crown, making Louisiana the only state to complete this feat after California did it in 1992. Landry is also the fifth and last Miss Photogenic to be crowned as Miss USA after winning the award.

The pageant was held on South Padre Island for the third and final time. It was hosted by Bob Goen for the third time, and Maty Monfort offered colour commentary. Aaron Neville provided entertainment during the competition.

This was also the first year that the Miss Universe Organization opened a website dedicated to the pageant, and the first time they instituted an internet vote to choose the winner of the Miss Photogenic award.[2]

It was also the first time since 1989 that there were 10 semifinalists, instead of the usual 12. Also, this was the first year since 1991 in which the delegates wore one-piece bathing suits for the preliminary and final swimsuit competitions.



Map showing placements by state
Map showing placements by state
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1996
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 6
Top 10

Special awards

Historical significance


Preliminary scores

The following is the contestants average scores in the preliminary competition.

Semifinal scores


The Miss USA 1996 delegates were:


Ten delegates had previously competed in either the Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants.

Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title were:

Delegate who had previously held a Miss America state title:

Delegate who previously held a Miss USA state title:


See also


  1. ^ "Breaux Bridge woman crowned Miss USA". Saturday State Times/Morning Advocate. 1996-02-03. p. 7-A.
  2. ^ Arrillaga, Pauline (1996-01-01). "Miss USA pageant opens inaugural site on Internet". The Dallas Morning News. p. 14D.