Miss USA 2008
Crystle Stewart 2014.jpg
Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart
DateApril 11, 2008
EntertainmentFinger Eleven
VenueThe AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada
WinnerCrystle Stewart
Texas Texas
CongenialityMonica Day
PhotogenicCourtney Carroll
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Miss USA 2008 was the 57th Miss USA pageant, held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 11, 2008.[2] At the conclusion of the final night of competition, Crystle Stewart of Texas was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder Rachel Smith of Tennessee. Crystle represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2008 pageant, which was held in Vietnam, where she placed in the Top 10. This was also the first time in the pageant's 56-year history that two consecutive women of African Americans have been crowned.

The pageant was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts, a 7,000-seat theater located in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The theater was also the location of Miss Universe 1991 and 1996 pageants. This is the first time that the Miss USA pageant was held in Nevada.

For the first time, the competition was broadcast in High Definition.

Brother/sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond hosted the live telecast for the first time, and Finger Eleven performed their single "Paralyzer".[1][3] Rihanna's song Umbrella was used during the evening gown competition.

During the final show on April 11, the fifteen delegates with the highest average scores from the preliminary competition were announced. The top fifteen competed in the swimsuit competition. The top ten delegates from swimsuit competed in evening gown. The top five delegates from the evening gown competition (not averaged composite scores from both competitions) competed in the final question round to determine the winner. The judges' composite score was shown after each round of competition for only the second time since 2002.

Selection of contestants

One delegate from each state and the District of Columbia were chosen in state pageants held from June 2007 to January 2008.



Map showing placements by state
Map showing placements by state
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2008
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 15

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
  • Ohio Ohio – Monica Day
Miss Photogenic

Final competition scores

Historical significance


State Contestant Hometown Age[a] Height Placement Award Notes
Alabama Alabama Keisha Walding Dothan 24 5'10"
Alaska Alaska Courtney Erin Carroll[4] Fairbanks 25 5'7" Miss Photogenic
Arizona Arizona Kimberly Joiner[5] Gilbert 22 5'8"
Arkansas Arkansas Rachel Howells[6] Alma 21 5'10"
California California Raquel Beezley[7] Barstow 21 5'8" Top 15
Colorado Colorado Beckie Hughes[8][9] Grand Junction 21 5'9"
Connecticut Connecticut Jacqueline Honulik[10] Fairfield 21 5'8"
Delaware Delaware Vincenza Carrieri-Russo[11] Newark 23 5'7"
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Chelsey Sophia Rodgers[12] Washington, D.C. 24 5'8"
Florida Florida Jessica Rafalowski DeLand 22 5'10" Top 10
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Amanda Kozak Warner Robins 23 5'10" Previously Miss Georgia 2006
Hawaii Hawaii Jonelle Layfield Kaneʻohe 23 5'10" Sister of Ashley Layfield, Miss Hawaii 2007
Idaho Idaho Tracey Brown Post Falls 21 5'9" Previously Miss Idaho 2005
Illinois Illinois Shanon Lersch Chicago 25 5'10"
Indiana Indiana Brittany Mason Anderson 21 5'10" Top 10
Iowa Iowa Abbey Curran Davenport 20 5'5" First person with disability to compete at Miss USA
Kansas Kansas Michelle Gillespie Mission Hills 22 5'11" Great-great niece of Margaret Gorman, Miss America 1921
Kentucky Kentucky Alysha Harris Lexington 20 5'4"
Louisiana Louisiana Michelle Berthelot Hammond 24 5'6"
Maine Maine Kaetlin Parent Van Buren 20 5'8" Previously Miss Maine Teen USA 2005
Maryland Maryland Casandra Tressler Damascus 22 5'9" Later Miss United States International 2010
Massachusetts Massachusetts Jacqueline Bruno Assonet 23 5'10" Top 10 Previously Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2003
Michigan Michigan Elisabeth Crawford Canton 25 5'8"
Minnesota Minnesota Kaylee Unverzagt Eagan 20 5'10" Top 15
Mississippi Mississippi Leah Laviano Ellisville 20 5'4" 1st runner-up
Missouri Missouri Candice Crawford Columbia 21 5'8" Top 10 Sister of actor Chace Crawford
Montana Montana Tori Wanty[13] Shelby 21 5'4"
Nebraska Nebraska Micaela Johnson Omaha 23 5'5"
Nevada Nevada Veronica Grabowski Henderson 23 5'6"
New Hampshire New Hampshire Breanne Silvi Nashua 24 5'4"
New Jersey New Jersey Tiffany Andrade Linden 22 5'5" 2nd runner-up
New Mexico New Mexico Raelene Aguilar Sunland Park 26 5'8" Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2000
New York (state) New York Danielle Roundtree New York City 20 5'11"
North Carolina North Carolina Andrea Duke Saluda 26 5'11"
North Dakota North Dakota Stephanie Tollefson[14] New Rockford 21 5'8"
Ohio Ohio Monica Day Grove City 25 5'9" Miss Congeniality
Oklahoma Oklahoma Lindsey Jo Harrington Frederick 22 5'10" 3rd runner-up
Oregon Oregon Mary Horch[15] Corvallis 24 5'7"
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania LauRen Merola Pittsburgh 23 5'8" 4th runner-up
Rhode Island Rhode Island Amy Diaz Johnston 23 5'6" Top 15 Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001
Later Miss Earth United States 2009
Later contestant on The Amazing Race 23 and won
South Carolina South Carolina Jamie Hill Columbia 24 5'6" Top 15 Contestant on The Amazing Race 10
South Dakota South Dakota Charlie Buhler Mitchell 20 5'5" First African American Miss South Dakota USA
Tennessee Tennessee Hailey Laine Brown Franklin 25 5'9" Top 10
Texas Texas Crystle Stewart Missouri City 26 5'9" Winner Top 10 at Miss Universe 2008; placed 8th
Utah Utah Julia Bachison North Ogden 24 5'7" Top 15 Previously Miss Utah 2005
Vermont Vermont Kim Tantlinger Burlington 22 5'7"
Virginia Virginia Tori Hall Roanoke 21 5'8" Previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 2005
Cast member on Road Rules 2007: Viewers' Revenge and The Gauntlet 3
Washington (state) Washington Michelle Font Renton 26 5'7"
West Virginia West Virginia Skylene Montgomery Parkersburg 23 5'7"
Wisconsin Wisconsin Michelyn Cynthia Butler Madison 25 5'8"
Wyoming Wyoming Cassie Shore Casper 22 5'5"

Contestant gallery

Contestant notes

Michelle Gillespie is crowned Miss Kansas USA 2008
Michelle Gillespie is crowned Miss Kansas USA 2008


See also


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


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