Miss USA 2007
Rachel Renee Smith waves to troops.jpg
DateMarch 23, 2007
VenueDolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California
WinnerRachel Smith
CongenialityStephanie Trudeau
PhotogenicRebecca Moore
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Miss USA 2007 was the 56th Miss USA pageant, held at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2007, after two weeks of events and preliminary competition.[1] The winner of the pageant was Rachel Smith of Tennessee.[2]

The pageant was broadcast live on NBC from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California one month earlier than the 2006 pageant.[3] This was the second time that the pageant was held at this venue; it was previously held there in 2004, when Shandi Finnessey of Missouri was crowned Miss USA 2004.[4] The host hotel was the Wilshire Grand.[5]

Delegates arrived in Los Angeles on March 8, 2007, and were involved in two weeks of rehearsals and events prior to the final show.[6] The preliminary competition were held on March 19, 2007, where all 51 contestants competed in swimsuit and evening gown, with the personal interview competition being held in private the previous day.[7] This was the first time in recent years that the presentation show was held in the hotel ballroom, rather than at the location of the final competition.

During the final show on March 23, the fifteen delegates with the highest average score from the preliminary competition were announced. The top fifteen competed in the swimsuit competition, and the top ten competed in evening gown. The composite score was shown after each round of competition for the first time since 2002.

At the conclusion of the final night of competition, outgoing titleholder Tara Conner crowned Rachel Smith of Tennessee as the new Miss USA.[1] Smith was the third consecutive former Miss Teen USA delegate to win the title and the second woman from Tennessee. Coincidentally, both Smith and Conner had competed together at Miss Teen USA 2002.[8]


Map showing placements by state
Map showing placements by state


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2007
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 15

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Final competition

Historical significance

Selection of contestants

One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held from June to December 2006.[9] The first state pageant was Texas, held on June 25, 2006, and the final pageants were Kansas and Hawaii, held on December 17, 2006.

Two contestants were replaced by their first runners-up:

For the first time in the history of the pageant, eleven former Miss Teen USA delegates competed in the pageant. Initially only nine held titles, but the number increased to eleven after two titleholders resigned and former Teen USA delegates succeeded them.


The Miss USA 2007 delegates are:



See also


  1. ^ a b "Fallen Miss USA to hand over pageant crown". Reuters. 2007-03-23.
  2. ^ Veiga, Alex (2007-03-23). "21-year-old journalism graduate from Tennessee crowned Miss USA". Associated Press.
  3. ^ Castro, Tony (2007-03-23). "Miss USA Event's Kodak Moment: 51 entrants share hopes, hard work and beauty secrets". Los Angeles Daily News. p. N1.
  4. ^ "Miss USA pageant scheduled in Hollywood". Xinhua News Agency. 2007-03-23.
  5. ^ a b Martinez, Michael (2007-03-24). "Idahoan plays up good girls". Deseret Morning News. p. A01.
  6. ^ a b "U. Oregon student gets ready for Miss USA pageant". UWIRE. 2007-03-07.
  7. ^ Associated Press (2007-03-21). "Miss USA's tearful reign draws to an end". The Star-Ledger. p. 25.
  8. ^ "Miss Teen USA 2002 crown goes to Wisconsin native". Associated Press. 2002-08-29.
  9. ^ Veiga, Alex (2007-03-23). "Beauty queens vie for title at 56th annual Miss USA Pageant". Associated Press.
  10. ^ Goldman, Adam (2006-12-21). "Miss Nevada USA Loses Shirt Then Title". Associated Press.
  11. ^ Sedensky, Matt (2006-12-23). "Former Miss Nevada apologizes for racy photos, asks for 2nd chance". Associated Press.
  12. ^ "Sexy pictures lose Miss Nevada her crown". Agence France-Press. 2006-12-22.
  13. ^ Associated Press (2007-01-16). "Miss N.J. USA steps down over pregnancy - Troubled contest tabs Essex Fells runner-up". The Star-Ledger. p. 16.
  14. ^ Gross, Dan (2006-01-15). "Preggers Beauty Resigns". Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2006-01-15.
  15. ^ Falkenhagen, Andrea (2007-03-20). "Miss USA contestant of East Valley variety: Mesa woman, ASU student has shot at big time". The Tribune.
  16. ^ "Airman competes for Miss USA crown". Department of Defense U.S. Air Force Releases. 2007-03-23.
  17. ^ Husted, Bill (2007-02-22). "Miss Colorado USA taking high road to national pageant". Denver Post. p. B2.
  18. ^ "Junior Nicole Bosso Chosen Miss Delaware USA". US Fed News. 2006-12-05.
  19. ^ Davis, Rich (2007-03-02). "Evansville native counting down to Miss USA pageant". The Evansville Courier. p. D1.
  20. ^ "Clearwater woman crowned Miss Kansas USA". Associated Press. 2006-12-18.
  21. ^ Frank, Tracy (2007-02-23). "North Dakota Miss USA gearing up for pageant". Associated Press.
  22. ^ Heaton, Michael (2007-03-20). "Beauty's a science geek Richmond Heights contestant wants future in medicine". The Plain Dealer. p. E1.
  23. ^ "R.I. woman Miss USA runner-up". The Providence Journal. 2007-03-24. p. A-5.