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Miss USA 2013
Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013
DateJune 16, 2013
VenueThe AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada
WinnerErin Brady
CongenialityGabrielle Neilan
PhotogenicMarissa Powell
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Miss USA 2013 was the 62nd Miss USA pageant, held on June 16, 2013 at The AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 50 states and the District of Columbia competed for the title and the pageant was televised live on NBC. Outgoing titleholder Nana Meriwether of Maryland crowned her successor Erin Brady of Connecticut at the end of the event. This was Connecticut's first ever Miss USA crown.[1]

Viewers were able to interact with the pageant via Twitter and Zeebox. Fans were able to vote for their favorite contestant through the Miss USA website, from May 15 to June 15. Jessica Billings, Miss Pennsylvania USA, winner of this fan vote won top 15 placement on the final night.[2] Miss Texas USA, Alexandria Nugent, won the most Twitter votes among the top 10, winning her a place in the top 6.


Selection of contestants

One delegate from each state and the District of Columbia was chosen in state pageants held which began in July 2012 and ended in January 2013. The first state pageant was Florida, held on July 14, 2012 as scheduled. The final pageants were Maine and Nevada, both held on January 27, 2013.

Ten delegates are former Miss Teen USA state winners, while two are former Miss America state winners and the other two are also former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state winners. Courtney Gifford became the first former Miss America's Outstanding Teen contestant winning the Miss USA state title.

Preliminary round

Prior to the final telecast, the delegates competed in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown. The preliminary competition took place on June 12, 2013, at 10 pm (ET) hosted by Chet Buchanan and Nana Meriwether, and was broadcast online on the official Miss USA website via stream.[3]


During the final competition, the top fifteen competed in swimsuit, while the top ten competed evening gown, and the top six competed in the final question signed up by a panel of judges. The sixth finalist was determined by Twitter vote.


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The state map results of Miss USA 2013, colors shaded in each state
Placement[4] Contestant
Miss USA 2013
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
  •  Utah – Marissa Powell
4th Runner-Up
  •  Texas – Alexandria Nugent §
5th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 15

Voted into Top 15 via Internet
§ Voted into Top 6 after the evening gown competition via Twitter

Special awards

Award[5] Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
  • Utah Utah – Marissa Powell

Order of announcements

Historical significance


51 delegates have been confirmed.[6]

State Contestant Hometown Age[a] Height Placement Notes
Alabama Alabama Mary Margaret McCord Gadsden 23 5'7" 1st Runner-Up
Alaska Alaska Melissa McKinney Anchorage 26 5'11"
Arizona Arizona Rachel Massie Glendale 20 5'6"
Arkansas Arkansas Hannah Billingsley Franklin 22 5'7"
California California Mabelynn Capeluj San Diego 21 5'8" Top 15 Later competed at Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015
Colorado Colorado Amanda Wiley Littleton 26 5'10"
Connecticut Connecticut Erin Brady East Hampton 26 5'7" Miss USA 2013 Top 10 at Miss Universe 2013
Delaware Delaware Rachel Baiocco Bear 22 5'6"
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Jessica Frith Washington, D.C. 26 5'6"
Florida Florida Michelle Aguirre Hialeah 20 5'7"
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Brittany Sharp Roswell 22 5'10" Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 2006
Hawaii Hawaii Brianna Acosta Waialua 21 5'10"
Idaho Idaho Marissa Wickland Boise 21 5'6" Previously Miss Idaho Teen USA 2009
Illinois Illinois Stacie Juris Chicago 22 5'7" 2nd Runner-Up Previously Miss Illinois Teen USA 2009
Indiana Indiana Emily Hart Fort Wayne 26 5'9"
Iowa Iowa Richelle Orr Hampton 21 5'3" Previously Miss Iowa Teen USA 2011
Kansas Kansas Staci Klinginsmith Lenexa 26 5'8"
Kentucky Kentucky Allie Leggett McCreary County 19 5'7"
Louisiana Louisiana Kristen Girault New Orleans 22 5'8" Top 10
Maine Maine Ali Clair South China 24 5'9"
Maryland Maryland Kasey Staniszewski Annapolis 22 5'9" Top 15 Previously Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2007
Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 2009
Massachusetts Massachusetts Sarah Kidd Leominster 20 5'8" Top 15
Michigan Michigan Jaclyn Schultz Wyandotte 24 6'0" Later contestant of Survivor: San Juan del Sur
Minnesota Minnesota Danielle Hooper Inver Grove Heights 21 5'9"
Mississippi Mississippi Paromita Mitra Hattiesburg 22 5'3" Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2009
Missouri Missouri Ellie Holtman Montgomery City 21 5'11"
Montana Montana Kacie West Kalispell 24 5'8" Previously Miss Montana 2010
Nebraska Nebraska Ellie Lorenzen Omaha 23 5'7"
Nevada Nevada Chelsea Caswell Summerlin 23 5'8" Top 10
New Hampshire New Hampshire Amber Faucher Pelham 22 5'6" Previously Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2009
New Jersey New Jersey Libel Duran Keasbey 23 5'8"
New Mexico New Mexico Kathleen Danzer Rio Rancho 24 5'8"
New York (state) New York Joanne Nosuchinsky Hell's Kitchen 24 5'7"
North Carolina North Carolina Ashley Love-Mills Raleigh 24 5'9" Top 10
North Dakota North Dakota Stephanie Erickson Fargo 23 5'9"
Ohio Ohio Kristin Smith Dayton 22 5'8" Top 10
Oklahoma Oklahoma Makenzie Muse Yukon 21 5'8"
Oregon Oregon Gabrielle Neilan Gresham 23 5'5" Miss Congeniality
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Jessica Billings Philadelphia 26 5'9" Top 15 Won top 15 semifinalist spot via online voting
Rhode Island Rhode Island Brittany Stenovitch Cranston 19 5'6"
South Carolina South Carolina Megan Pinckney North Charleston 22 5'8" 5th Runner-Up Previously Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2010
South Dakota South Dakota Jessica Albers Yankton 27 5'10"
Tennessee Tennessee Brenna Mader Nashville 26 5'9" Previously Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2005
Sister of Jamie Mader, Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2002[7]
Texas Texas Ali Nugent Dallas 20 5'9" 4th Runner-Up Won top 6 finalist spot via Twitter
Utah Utah Marissa Powell Salt Lake City 21 5'8" 3rd Runner-Up Miss Photogenic
Vermont Vermont Sarah Westbrook Burlington 25 5'7"
Virginia Virginia Shannon McAnally Arlington 25 5'5"
Washington (state) Washington Cassandra Searles Redmond 24 5'7"
West Virginia West Virginia Chelsea Welch West Union 22 5'10" Top 15 Previously Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2007
Wisconsin Wisconsin Chrissy Zamora Milwaukee 26 5'8"
Wyoming Wyoming Courtney Gifford Sheridan 24 5'7" Previously Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2005
Previously Miss Wyoming 2008


Preliminary Judges:[8]

Telecast Judges:[9]

International broadcasters




  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


  1. ^ Fillo, Maryellen (June 17, 2013). "Miss Connecticut Erin Brady Wins Miss USA Pageant". Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "Miss Pennsylvania USA is the OPTX Rhode Island Fan Vote Winner". Miss Universe Organization. June 26, 2013.
  3. ^ The preliminary competition on the official Miss USA YouTube channel on YouTube
  4. ^ "Miss USA 2013 crowned Erin Brady, of Connecticut, was crowned Miss USA 2013 in Las Vegas". 17 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Miss USA 2013". 17 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Miss USA 2013 Contestants". Miss Universe Organization. Archived from the original on 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  7. ^ Schmoldt, Eric (2007-06-15). "CNFR: More than just a cowgirl". The Star Tribune.
  8. ^ "Miss USA Pageant - Judges". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)