Miss USA

beauty contest

The Miss USA pageant is a beauty contest. It has been held every year since 1952. Winners compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

On November 29, 2021, Elle Smith of Kentucky became Miss USA 2021.

It used to be owned by billionaire businessman and television personality Donald Trump who was the 45th President of the United States since 2017. Since September 2015, the pageant has been owned by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and the International Management Group which are collectively known as WME-IMG.


Year State Winner Placement at Miss Universe
2022   Texas R'Bonney Gabriel Miss Universe 2022
  North Carolina Morgan Romano
  • 1st Runner-up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when R'Bonney Gabriel won Miss Universe
2021   Kentucky Elle Smith Top 10
2020   Mississippi Asya Branch Top 21
2019   North Carolina Cheslie Kryst Top 10
2018   Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers Top 20
2017   District of Columbia Kára McCullough Top 10
2016   District of Columbia Deshauna Barber Top 9
2015   Oklahoma Olivia Jordan 2nd Runner-Up
2014   Nevada Nia Sanchez 1st Runnner-Up
2013   Connecticut Erin Brady Top 10
2012   Rhode Island Olivia Culpo Miss Universe 2012
  Maryland Nana Meriwether
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe
2011   California Alyssa Campanella Top 16
2010   Michigan Rima Fakih Unplaced
2009   North Carolina Kristen Dalton Top 10
2008   Texas Crystle Stewart Top 10
2007   Tennessee Rachel Smith 4th Runner-Up
2006   Kentucky Tara Conner 4th Runner-Up
2005   North Carolina Chelsea Cooley Top 10
2004   Missouri Shandi Finnessey 1st Runner-Up
2003   Massachusetts Susie Castillo Top 15
2002   District of Columbia Shauntay Hinton Unplaced
2001   Texas Kandace Krueger 2nd Runner-Up
2000   Tennessee Lynnette Cole Top 5
1999   New York Kimberly Pressler Unplaced
1998   Massachusetts Shawnae Jebbia Top 5
1997   Hawaii Brook Lee Miss Universe 1997
  Idaho Brandi Sherwood
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Brook Lee won Miss Universe
1996   Louisiana Ali Landry Top 6
1995   Texas Chelsi Smith Miss Universe 1995
  New York Shanna Moakler
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe
1994   South Carolina Lu Parker Top 6
1993   Michigan Kenya Moore Top 6
1992   California Shannon Marketic Top 10
1991   Kansas Kelli McCarty Top 6
1990   Michigan Carole Gist 1st Runner-Up
1989   Texas Gretchen Polhemus 2nd Runner-Up
1988   Texas Courtney Gibbs Top 10
1987   Texas Michelle Royer 2nd Runner-Up
1986   Texas Christy Fichtner 1st Runner-Up
1985   Texas Laura Martinez-Herring Top 10
1984   New Mexico Mai Shanley Top 10
1983   California Julie Hayek 1st Runner-Up
1982   Arkansas Terri Utley 4th Runner-Up
1981   Ohio Kim Seelbrede Top 12
1980   South Carolina Shawn Weatherly Miss Universe 1980
  Arizona Jineane Ford
  • 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA crown when Shawn Weatherly won Miss Universe
1979   New York Mary Therese Friel Top 12
1978   Hawaii Judi Andersen 1st Runner-Up
1977   Texas Kimberly Tomes Top 12
1976   Minnesota Barbara Peterson Unplaced
1975   California Summer Bartholomew 2nd Runner-Up
1974   Illinois Karen Morrison Top 12
1973   Illinois Amanda Jones 1st Runner-Up
1972   Hawaii Tanya Wilson Top 12
1971   Pennsylvania Michele McDonald Top 12
1970   Virginia Deborah Shelton 1st Runner-Up
1969   Virginia Wendy Dascomb Top 15
1968   Washington Dorothy Anstett 4th Runner-Up
1967   Alabama Sylvia Hitchcock Miss Universe 1967
  Florida Cheryl Patton
  • 2nd Runner-Up at Miss USA
  • Took over Miss USA title after 1st Runner-Up Susan Bradley of California declined when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe
1966   California Maria Remenyi Top 15
1965   Ohio Sue Ann Downey 2nd Runner-Up
1964   District of Columbia Bobbi Johnson Top 15
1963   Illinois Marite Ozers Top 15
1962   Hawaii Macel Wilson Top 15
1961   Louisiana Sharon Brown 4th Runner-Up
1960   Utah Linda Bement Miss Universe 1960
1959   California Terry Lynn Huntingdon 2nd Runner-Up
1958   Louisiana Eurlyne Howell 3rd Runner-Up
1957   Maryland Mary Leona Gage Disqualified (note: was officially announced as Top 15 Semi-Finalist at the time of her disqualification)
  Utah Charlotte Sheffield
  • Succeeded Mary Leona Gage as Miss USA 1957 after Gage was dethroned
  • She competed at Miss World 1957, but was a non-finalist
1956   Iowa Carol Morris Miss Universe 1956
1955   Vermont Carlene King Johnson Top 15
1954   South Carolina Miriam Stevenson Miss Universe 1954
1953   Illinois Myrna Hansen 1st Runner-Up
1952   New York Jackie Loughery Top 10

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