Miss USA 2017
Kára McCullough, Miss USA 2017
DateMay 14, 2017
VenueMandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
WithdrawalsMiss 52 USA
WinnerKára McCullough
 District of Columbia
CongenialityBayleigh Dayton
Mikaela Shaw
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Miss USA 2017 was the 66th Miss USA pageant. It was held on May 14, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1][2][3] Terrence J and Julianne Hough served as hosts, while Ashley Graham also returned as backstage host, all for a second consecutive year.[4][5][6][7] Brett Eldredge, Pitbull, and the cast of Michael Jackson: One by Cirque du Soleil performed.[8]

Deshauna Barber of the District of Columbia crowned her successor Kára McCullough, also of the District of Columbia, at the end of the event. This was District of Columbia's fourth Miss USA title, and also this was the first time since 2008 to have a second consecutive African Americans have been crowned.[9] McCullough represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2017 competition, placed in the top 10. This is the first back to back win for a state at Miss USA since Texas won the crown in 1988 and 1989.


Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the host venue of Miss USA 2017 competition.

Selection of participants

Delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia were selected in state pageants began in July 2016 and ended in February 2017. The first state pageant was Florida, held on July 16, 2016, and the final pageant was Alaska, held on February 4, 2017; eight of them were former Miss Teen USA state winners, three of them were former Miss America state titleholders and one of them was a former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state titleholder.

One state titleholder was appointed as replacement after the original titleholder was unable to compete. Génesis Dávila was the original winner of Miss Florida USA 2017, she was disqualified shortly after winning the title and was revealed she hired professional makeup artists instead by to do herself. She was replaced by Linette De Los Santos, the first runner-up of Miss Florida USA 2017 pageant. Dávila would later win the title the following year and competed in Miss USA 2018.[10]


Miss USA 2017 results.
Placement[11] Contestant
Miss USA 2017
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 5
Top 10


Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality[12]

Order of announcements


Preliminary competition

Prior to the final competition, the delegates compete in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown. It was held on May 11, 2017 on the official Miss USA YouTube channel and was hosted by Entertainment reporter and Miss Wisconsin USA 2009 Alex Wehrley and Deshauna Barber.[13][14][15]



For the first time since 2003, the number of finalists decreased to 10 from 15 in the previous year. The top 10 finalists compete in both swimsuit and evening gown, while the top 5 are in a qualifying question, and the final 3 are subjected in the final question round and a final runway, the winner is decided by a panel of judges.



Contestant stats provided via the Miss Universe Organization.[16]

State Name Age[17][18] Hometown[17][18] Placement Notes
Alabama Alabama Baylee Smith[19] 20 Tuscaloosa
Alaska Alaska Alyssa London[20] 27 Anchorage Top 10 First Tlingit Miss Alaska USA[21]
Arizona Arizona Tommy Lynn Calhoun[22] 27 Tucson
Arkansas Arkansas Arynn Johnson[23] 20 Hot Springs Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2015
California California India Williams[24] 20 Lafayette Top 10
Colorado Colorado Sabrina Janssen 21 Denver
Connecticut Connecticut Olga Litvinenko[25] 27 Greenwich Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2007[26]
Delaware Delaware Mia Jones[27] 21 Bear Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2014
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Kára McCullough 25 Washington, D.C. Miss USA 2017
Florida Florida Linette De Los Santos[10] 25 Miami
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia DeAnna Johnson[28] 21 Hazlehurst Top 10 finalist on season eight of The Voice[28]
Hawaii Hawaii Julie Kuo 23 Honolulu
Idaho Idaho Cassie Lewis[29] 26 Moscow
Illinois Illinois Whitney Wandland[30] 25 Chicago Top 5 Chicago Bulls Luvabull
Indiana Indiana Brittany Winchester[31] 27 Indianapolis
Iowa Iowa Kelsey Weier[32] 26 West Des Moines Contestant on season 24 of The Bachelor and season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise
Kansas Kansas Catherine Carmichael 26 Manhattan Previously Miss Kansas World America 2015
Kentucky Kentucky Madelynne Myers[33] 22 Louisville
Louisiana Louisiana Bethany Trahan[34] 21 Lake Charles
Maine Maine Brooke Harris[35] 26 Lee
Maryland Maryland Adrianna David[36] 22 Rockville Later Miss Maryland 2018
Massachusetts Massachusetts Julia Scaparotti[37] 24 Peabody New England Patriots Cheerleader[37]
Later a contestant on Game of Clones and Beat Shazam
Michigan Michigan Krista Ferguson[38] 24 Detroit
Minnesota Minnesota Meridith Gould[39] 22 Minneapolis 2nd Runner-up Previously Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2012
Previously Miss South Dakota 2014
Mississippi Mississippi Ashley Hamby[40] 24 Madison
Missouri Missouri Bayleigh Dayton[41][42] 23 Lee's Summit[42] Top 10 First African-American Miss Missouri USA[42]
Later a HouseGuest on Big Brother 20
Montana Montana Brooke Bezanson[43] 20 Missoula
Nebraska Nebraska Jasmine Fuelberth[44] 20 Norfolk[44] Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2013[44]
Nevada Nevada Lauren York[45] 23 Primm
New Hampshire New Hampshire Sarah Mousseau[46] 26 Portsmouth[46]
New Jersey New Jersey Chhavi Verg[47] 20 Edison 1st Runner-up
New Mexico New Mexico Ashley Mora[48] 25 Albuquerque Previously Miss New Mexico World 2015
New York (state) New York Hannah Lopa[49] 25[49] Spencerport[49] Top 10
North Carolina North Carolina Katie Coble[50] 27 Charlotte Previously Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2007
North Dakota North Dakota Raquel Wellentin[51] 24 Fargo
Ohio Ohio Dinaleigh Baxter[52] 24 Winchester
Oklahoma Oklahoma Alex Smith 20 Mooreland
Oregon Oregon Elizabeth Denny 26 Roseburg
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Cassandra Angst 23 Feasterville
Rhode Island Rhode Island Kelsey Swanson 23 Cranston
South Carolina South Carolina Megan Gordon 23 North Augusta Top 5 Later Miss South Carolina World 2019
South Dakota South Dakota Tessa Dee[53] 26 Mitchell Previously Miss South Dakota 2013
Tennessee Tennessee Allee-Sutton Hethcoat[54] 25 Franklin Top 10
Texas Texas Nancy Gonzalez 27 Freeport
Utah Utah Baylee Jensen 23 South Jordan Daughter of Miss USA 1989 Gretchen Polhemus
Vermont Vermont Madison Cota 21 Bellows Falls Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 2014
Virginia Virginia Jacqueline Carroll[55] 23 Stanardsville Previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 2010
Washington (state) Washington Alex Carlson-Helo 23 Mill Creek Previously Miss Washington Teen USA 2012
West Virginia West Virginia Lauren Roush[56] 22 Mason Later a contestant of Are You the One? season 7
Later Miss Pennsylvania World 2019
Wisconsin Wisconsin Skylar Witte[57] 19 Schofield
Wyoming Wyoming Mikaela Shaw 23 Casper Previously Miss Wyoming 2015

International broadcasters


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