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Shauntay Hinton
Hinton Miss USA 2002
Born (1979-02-26) February 26, 1979 (age 44)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss District of Columbia USA 2002
Miss USA 2002
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss USA 2002
Miss Universe 2002

Shauntay Renae Hinton (born February 26, 1979) is an American actress and beauty queen who won the title of Miss USA 2002 and represented the United States at Miss Universe 2002 pageant.


Born and reared in her native Starkville, Mississippi, Hinton stepped into the national spotlight as Miss USA 2002. After attending Howard University in Washington D.C., with a major in broadcast journalism, she used her communication skills along with the coveted title of Miss USA to work on behalf of charitable organizations like Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Miriam's Kitchen, Gilda's House, the USO and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Shauntay is credited for helping to raise $34 million for all her charitable causes in 2002. A frequent guest co-anchor/panelist debating current events and pop culture on HLN network programs including PRIME NEWS and SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Shauntay is currently an anchor for the Sunrise Morning Show for North Mississippi's local CBS news affiliate, WCBI. Her other credits include a recurring role on Nickelodeon's "iCarly" as "Jessica Warner", hosting lifestyle and entertainment programming for NBC, Fox Sports, Fox Movie Channel, Lifetime, HGTV, Twentieth Television, BET, TV One, Current TV and The History Channel. Shauntay also serves as an Ambassador for ChildFund International (aka Christian Children's Fund).


Hinton graduated from Starkville High School in 1997. She later studied broadcast communications at Howard University.


Hinton won the Miss District of Columbia USA 2002 title in November 2001, the first time she had competed in the competition. Hinton hails from Starkville, Mississippi and qualified to compete Miss District of Columbia USA as she was attending Howard University.

Hinton went on to represent the District of Columbia at the Miss USA 2002 pageant held in Gary, Indiana on 1 March 2002 where she became the fourth African American to win the Miss USA title.[1] The pageant marked the first time that 4 out of the 5 five finalists were African American.

Hinton later competed in the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico in May that year. As of 2010, she is one of only four Miss USA winners not to have placed among the semi-finalists in the Miss Universe pageant. The other three are Miss USA 1976 Barbara Peterson, Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler, and Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih.

Hinton spoke out on the Miss USA 2010 official photo controversy on Showbiz Tonight on May 5, HLN Prime News on May 10, 2010, and on several other news channels. She believes the photos are not racy, and that they represent "women comfortable in their own skin."[2]


She plays a live action character, reporter Brittany Bhima, in the video game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, released in 2007.

In 2009, Hinton played Jessica Warner in 2 episodes of iCarly.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The 51st Annual Miss USA Pageant Herself-Miss District of Columbia USA
Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Herself 1 episode
The 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards Herself TV
Miss Universe Pageant Herself-Miss USA TV
The Early Show Herself 2 episodes-dated March 2 and November 25
2003 Miss USA Herself
BET Open Mic: HIV Testing Day Host TV
The Best Damn Sports Show Period Guest Correspondent 2 episodes-dated December 12, 2002 and August 1
2005 Fresh Start Weekend Herself-Host TV
Current TV Host unknown episodes
Tears of a Clown Tasha
Nice Guy? Nicole
2006 2006 Trumpet Awards Herself - Red Carpet Host TV
Criminal Minds Female Reporter 1 episode
Cuts Angel 1 episode
2007 World Premiere Herself-Host 1 episode
We Live Here Herself-Host 6 episodes; 2007–2008
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Brittany Bhima VG
2009 Heroes Announcer 1 episode
Un-broke: What You Need To Know About Money Reporter TV
iCarly Jessica Warner/Reporter 2 episodes-iRock the Vote:dated February 7;iFight Shelby Marx:dated August 8


  1. ^ Shidler, Lisa. "Dream comes true for queen: Red, white and blue ushers in D.C. winner Shauntay Hinton". Post-Tribune. Archived from the original on 2006-03-22. Retrieved 2006-02-25.
  2. ^ "". CNN.
Awards and achievements Preceded by Kandace Krueger Miss USA 2002 Succeeded by Susie Castillo Preceded byLiane Angus Miss District of Columbia USA 2002 Succeeded byMichelle Dollie Wright