Miss USA 2022
DateOctober 3, 2022
EntertainmentChloe Flower
VenueGrand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada
WinnerR'Bonney Gabriel
Texas Texas
CongenialityCourtney Schuman
Alaska Alaska
Best State CostumeR'Bonney Gabriel
Texas Texas
PhotogenicAngel Reyes
Illinois Illinois
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Miss USA 2022 was the 71st Miss USA pageant. The competition was held on October 3, 2022 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada and was broadcast on the FYI cable channel. 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 also rebroadcast on October 19, 2022 on the official YouTube channel.[1]

Elle Smith of Kentucky crowned R'Bonney Gabriel of Texas as her successor at the end of the event. She later represented the United States at Miss Universe 2022. 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, the first Asian-American to win the title since Brook Lee in 1997, and the first titleholder of Filipino descent.[2]

Gabriel went on to win the Miss Universe title roughly three months later in New Orleans, becoming the ninth American woman to do so.


Location, hosts, and performer

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

On July 14, 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 for the next three years.[3] This would be the second time that the pageant is held in Reno, following Miss USA 2019.[4][5] The following day, it was confirmed that the pageant would be held at the Grand Sierra Resort on October 3. 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 committed suicide in January 2022.[6]

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.[7]

Selection of contestants

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the duration between most of the state pageants from the previous year's competition, with previous year's state titleholders' reign being shortened to eight to eleven months into their calendar year, depending on 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, as the state pageant schedule can become very dense between the last state pageant held from 2021. The first state pageants were Idaho and Montana, held together on September 12, 2021, and the last state pageant was Colorado, 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.


Miss USA 2022 results map, colors shaded in each state
Miss USA 2022 results map, colors shaded in each state
Final results Contestant
Miss USA 2022
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
  • Ohio Ohio – Sir'Quora Carroll
4th Runner-Up
Top 12
Top 16

§ – Voted into Top 16 through the online vote.

Special awards

Award Contestant Ref.
Best State Costume Winner [8]
Second Place
Third Place
  • Maine Maine – Elizabeth Kervin
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic




All 51 titleholders have been crowned.[9]

State Contestant Age[a] Hometown Placement Notes
Alabama Alabama Katelyn Vinson[10] 22 Dothan
Alaska Alaska Courtney Schuman[11] 28 Anchorage Previously Miss Alaska 2018
Arizona Arizona Isabel Ticlo[12] 28 Phoenix Previously Miss Arizona 2018
Arkansas Arkansas Rylie Wagner[13] 22 Ozark
California California Tiffany Johnson[14] 26 Lancaster Top 16
Colorado Colorado Alexis Glover 23 Colorado Springs Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2017
Connecticut Connecticut Cynthia Dias[15] 23 Wolcott Top 12 Previously Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2014
Delaware Delaware Grace Lange[16] 22 Newark Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2017
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Faith Porter[17] 23 Washington, D.C. Top 16
Florida Florida Taylor Fulford[18] 28 Okeechobee
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Holly Haynes[19] 26 Sugar Hill
Hawaii Hawaii Kiana Yamat[20] 28 Honolulu
Idaho Idaho Jordana Dahmen[21] 27 Boise
Illinois Illinois Angel Reyes[22] 26 Chicago 4th Runner-Up
Indiana Indiana Samantha Toney[23] 27 Clarksville
Iowa Iowa Randi Estabrook[24] 25 Des Moines
Kansas Kansas Elyse Noe[25] 23 Lawrence Top 12
Kentucky Kentucky Lizzy Neutz[26] 23 Louisville
Louisiana Louisiana KT Scannell[27] 22 Denham Springs
Maine Maine Elizabeth Kervin[28] 20 Winterport
Maryland Maryland Caleigh Shade[29] 23 Ocean City Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 2018
Massachusetts Massachusetts Skarlet Ramirez[30] 28 Lawrence
Michigan Michigan Aria Hutchinson[31] 24 Plymouth Daughter of Chris Hutchinson and Melissa Sinkevics Hutchinson, Miss Michigan Teen USA 1988, and sister of Aidan Hutchinson
Minnesota Minnesota Madeline Helget[32] 24 Clearwater Top 12
Mississippi Mississippi Hailey White[33] 23 Picayune
Missouri Missouri Mikala McGhee[34] 28 St. Louis Top 16
Montana Montana Heather Lee O'Keefe[35] 25 Bozeman
Nebraska Nebraska Natalie Pieper 27 Omaha 2nd Runner-Up
Nevada Nevada Summer Keffeler 21 Paradise Previously Miss Washington Teen USA 2018
Sister of Stormy Keffeler, original titleholder of Miss Washington USA 2016
New Hampshire New Hampshire Camila Sacco[36] 27 Portsmouth Top 12
New Jersey New Jersey Alexandra Lakhman[37] 26 Hoboken
New Mexico New Mexico Suzanne Perez[38] 25 Portales Top 12
New York (state) New York Heather Nunez[39] 26 Queens
North Carolina North Carolina Morgan Romano[40] 24 Concord 1st Runner-Up
North Dakota North Dakota SaNoah LaRocque[41] 25 Belcourt
Ohio Ohio Sir'Quora Carroll[42] 23 Canal Winchester 3rd Runner-Up
Oklahoma Oklahoma Ashley Ehrhart 25 Oklahoma City Previously National Sweetheart 2021
Oregon Oregon Arielle Freytag[43] 28 Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Billie LaRaé Owens[44] 25 Phoenixville Daughter of Billy Owens
Rhode Island Rhode Island Elaine Collado[45] 27 Providence Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2013
South Carolina South Carolina Meera Bhonslé[46] 26 Lexington
South Dakota South Dakota Shania Knutson[47] 22 Viborg Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2018
Tennessee Tennessee Emily Suttle[48] 26 Franklin Top 12 Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2013
Texas Texas R'Bonney Gabriel[49] 28 Houston Miss USA 2022 Later crowned Miss Universe 2022
Utah Utah Elisabeth Bradley-Gandara[50] 28 Salt Lake City
Vermont Vermont Kelsey Golonka[51] 23 Montpelier Top 12 Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 2017
Sister of Kenzie Golonka, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2022
Virginia Virginia Kailee Horvath[52] 23 Ashburn
Washington (state) Washington Mazzy Eckel[53] 22 Seattle
West Virginia West Virginia Krystian Leonard[54] 25 Morgantown Top 16
Wisconsin Wisconsin Hollis Brown[55] 26 Milwaukee
Wyoming Wyoming Morgan McNally[56] 27 Casper


Moments after the final competition when R'Bonney Gabriel was crowned Miss USA, allegations emerged that the competition had been rigged for Gabriel to win. Several of the contestants, including Miss Montana USA Heather Lee O'Keefe and Miss Georgia USA Holly Haynes, expressed in disbelief and claimed that Gabriel allegedly travelled to Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancún a couple of weeks after Gabriel was crowned Miss Texas USA and was able to shoot promotional material, which the resort's Instagram account posted less than 24 hours after the final competition. Nizuc has been become one of the pageant's sponsors since national director and Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart took over at the end of 2020 after Miss USA and Miss Teen USA were separated from the Miss Universe Organization.[57] Both Gabriel and Miss Colorado USA Alexis Glover, were not included in the official Cancún retreat along with the rest of the contestants as Texas and Colorado had not yet crowned at the time of the retreat.[58][59] In an interview with E! News, Gabriel refuted claims that the pageant was rigged, stating "I would never enter any pageant or any competition that I know I would win."[60]


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


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