Miss USA 2022
Morgan Romano
DateOctober 3, 2022
EntertainmentChloe Flower
VenueGrand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada
CongenialityCourtney Schuman (Alaska)
Best State CostumeR'Bonney Gabriel (Texas)
PhotogenicAngel Reyes (Illinois)
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Miss USA 2022 was the 71st Miss USA pageant, held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on 3 October 2022.

At the end of the event, Elle Smith of Kentucky crowned R'Bonney Gabriel of Texas as Miss USA 2022.[1][2] This was Texas' tenth Miss USA title and first win in 14 years. At the age of 28 years, 6 months and 13 days, Gabriel became the oldest Miss USA winner in the pageant's history, surpassing Cheslie Kryst in 2019, who was also 28 when she crowned, and the first titleholder of Filipino descent.[3]

Gabriel went on to win Miss Universe in New Orleans, becoming the ninth American woman to do so.[4][5] With the win, her title was rescinded, and the first runner-up, Morgan Romano of North Carolina, assumed the Miss USA title on January 27, 2023 in a ceremony in Auburn, Alabama.[6][7] Romano became the fourth woman from North Carolina to hold the Miss USA title.

The competition was hosted by Zuri Hall for the second consecutive year, while Julissa Bermudez and Micah Jesse served as sideline correspondents. This competition was broadcast on the FYI cable channel.


Location, hosts, and performer

Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, the host venue of Miss USA 2022

On 14 July 2022, it was reported that the competition would be held in Reno, Nevada, with the city securing a three-year deal to host the pageant.[8] This would be the second time that the pageant is held in Reno, following Miss USA 2019.[9][10] The following day, it was confirmed that the pageant would be held at the Grand Sierra Resort on October 3. National Director Crystle Stewart confirmed that the location was chosen to honor Cheslie Kryst, whom had been crowned Miss USA 2019 in the same venue and had died by suicide in January 2022.[11]

In September 2022, it was announced that the competition would be hosted by Zuri Hall for the second consecutive year, while Julissa Bermudez and Micah Jesse would serve as sideline correspondents and Chloe Flower would perform.[12]

Selection of contestants

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the duration between most of the state pageants from Miss USA 2021. The previous year's state titleholders' reign was shortened to between eight and eleven months, depending on the state. Delegates from the 50 states and the District of Columbia are selected in state pageants in a period began in September 2021 and scheduled to end in July 2022 to avoid scheduling conflicts with Miss America 2023 state pageants. The state pageant schedule can become very busy between the last state pageant held from 2021. The first state pageants were Miss Idaho USA and Miss Montana USA, held together on September 12, 2021, and the last state pageant was Miss Colorado USA, held on July 3, 2022.

Eleven delegates have previously competed in Miss Teen USA and Miss America, eight are former Miss Teen USA state winners, two are a former Miss America state titleholders, and one is a former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state titleholder.


In 2020, Crystle Stewart, who had previously won the Miss USA 2008 competition while representing Texas, became the National Director of the Miss USA pageant. In September 2022, prior to the national competition, state officials had expressed concern that Stewart, as the most recent Miss Texas USA winner to win the national-level competition, was providing preferential treatment to the 2022 Miss Texas USA winner, R'Bonney Gabriel. Less than 24 hours after Gabriel ultimately won the October 2022 competition, pageant sponsor Nizuc Resort and Spa posted videos on Instagram showing Gabriel at their resort in Cancún, Mexico.[13] While the state-level winners had visited the resort prior to the national competition, Gabriel and Miss Colorado USA Alexis Glover did not attend this retreat because their respective state competitions occurred afterward.[14] Citing the promotional footage, Miss Montana USA Heather Lee O'Keefe and Miss Georgia USA Holly Haynes alleged that Gabriel had been rigged to win the competition, but the Miss USA organization claimed that Gabriel had immediately flown from the pageant venue to the resort after winning the competition.[15] In an interview with E! News, Gabriel denied claims that the pageant was rigged, stating "I would never enter any pageant or any competition that I know I would win."[16]


Miss USA 2022 results map, colors shaded in each state
R'Bonney Gabriel, who abdicated her title as Miss USA after winning Miss Universe 2022


Placement Contestant
Miss USA 2022
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 12
Top 16

§ – Voted into Top 16 through the online vote.
∞ – Gabriel won Miss Universe 2022. Due to protocol, Gabriel relinquished her title and the 1st runner-up, Morgan Romano, assumed the Miss USA title.

Special awards

Award Contestant
Best State Costume Winner
Second Place
Third Place
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic




Fifty-one contestants competed for the title.[19]

State Contestant Age[a] Hometown Notes
Alabama Katelyn Vinson[20] 22 Dothan
Alaska Courtney Schuman[21] 28 Anchorage Previously Miss Alaska 2018[22]
Arizona Isabel Ticlo[23] 28 Phoenix Previously Miss Arizona 2018[24]
Arkansas Rylie Wagner[25] 22 Ozark
California Tiffany Johnson[26] 26 Lancaster
Colorado Alexis Glover[27] 23 Colorado Springs Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2017[27]
Connecticut Cynthia Dias[28] 23 Wolcott Previously Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2014
Delaware Grace Lange[23] 22 Newark Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2017[29]
District of Columbia Faith Porter[30] 23 Washington, D.C.
Florida Taylor Fulford[31] 28 Okeechobee
Georgia Holly Haynes[32] 26 Sugar Hill
Hawaii Kiana Yamat[33] 28 Honolulu
Idaho Jordana Dahmen[34] 27 Boise
Illinois Angel Reyes[35] 26 Chicago
Indiana Samantha Toney[36] 27 Clarksville
Iowa Randi Estabrook[37] 25 Des Moines
Kansas Elyse Noe[38] 23 Lawrence
Kentucky Lizzy Neutz[39] 23 Louisville
Louisiana KT Scannell[40] 22 Denham Springs
Maine Elizabeth Kervin[41] 20 Winterport
Maryland Caleigh Shade[42] 23 Ocean City Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 2018[43]
Massachusetts Skarlet Ramirez[44] 28 Lawrence
Michigan Aria Hutchinson[45] 24 Plymouth Daughter of Chris Hutchinson and Melissa Sinkevics Hutchinson, Miss Michigan Teen USA 1988, and sister of Aidan Hutchinson.[46]
Minnesota Madeline Helget[47] 24 Clearwater
Mississippi Hailey White[48] 23 Picayune
Missouri Mikala McGhee[49] 28 St. Louis
Montana Heather Lee O'Keefe[50] 25 Bozeman
Nebraska Natalie Pieper 27 Omaha
Nevada Summer Keffeler 21 Paradise Previously Miss Washington Teen USA 2018
Sister of Stormy Keffeler, original titleholder of Miss Washington USA 2016
New Hampshire Camila Sacco[51] 27 Portsmouth
New Jersey Alexandra Lakhman[52] 26 Hoboken
New Mexico Suzanne Perez[53] 25 Portales
New York Heather Nunez[54] 26 Queens
North Carolina Morgan Romano[55] 24 Concord Later assumed Miss USA 2022 after Gabriel won Miss Universe 2022
North Dakota SaNoah LaRocque[56] 25 Belcourt
Ohio Sir'Quora Carroll[57] 23 Canal Winchester
Oklahoma Ashley Ehrhart 25 Oklahoma City Previously National Sweetheart 2021
Oregon Arielle Freytag[58] 28 Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Billie LaRaé Owens[59] 25 Phoenixville Daughter of Billy Owens
Rhode Island Elaine Collado[60] 27 Providence Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2013
South Carolina Meera Bhonslé[61] 26 Lexington
South Dakota Shania Knutson[62] 22 Viborg Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2018
Tennessee Emily Suttle[63] 26 Franklin Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2013
Texas R'Bonney Gabriel[64] 28 Houston Later crowned Miss Universe 2022, relinquished title
Utah Elisabeth Bradley-Gandara[65] 28 Salt Lake City
Vermont Kelsey Golonka[66] 23 Montpelier Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 2017
Sister of Kenzie Golonka, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2022
Virginia Kailee Horvath[67] 23 Ashburn
Washington Mazzy Eckel[68] 22 Seattle
West Virginia Krystian Leonard[69] 25 Morgantown
Wisconsin Hollis Brown[70] 26 Milwaukee
Wyoming Morgan McNally[71] 27 Casper


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


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