Miss Teen USA

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Miss Teen USA
Formation 1983
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters New York
Location  United States (1983-2007)
 Bahamas (2008-present)
President Paula Shugart
Website missteenusa.com

Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. The reigning titleholder is Cassidy Wolf of California. As of 2014, the pageant is webcast on the official Miss Teen USA website and on Microsoft's Xbox Live service.

The pageant was first held in 1983 and has been broadcast live on a succession of channels, most recently on NBC from 2003-2007. In March 2007 it was announced that the broadcast of the Miss Teen USA pageant on NBC had not been renewed, and that Miss Teen USA 2007 would be the final televised event.[1]

Since 2008, the pageant is held at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, located in Nassau, Bahamas.

Notable pageant winners include actresses Kelly Hu (1985—Hawaii), Bridgette Wilson (1990—Oregon), Charlotte Lopez-Ayanna (1993—Vermont), Vanessa Minnillo (1998—South Carolina), Shelley Hennig (2004—Louisiana), and sportscaster Allie LaForce (2005-Ohio).

History[edit]

The Miss Teen USA pageant was created in 1983 as a sister pageant to the Miss USA system. The first pageant was held in Lakeland, Florida in August, 1983 and was won by Ruth Zakarian of New York. The pageant moved to April the following year, and then was held in January the next two years. It was held in July from 1988–1990 and has been held in August since 1991. The most common host city was Biloxi, Mississippi which hosted the pageant from 1990–1994, which caused problems in 1992 when the conclusion of the live broadcast was delayed because of Hurricane Andrew. Other frequent host cities have been South Padre Island, Texas (1997, 2001–2002), Shreveport, Louisiana (1998–2000) and Palm Springs, California (2003–2004, 2006).

Competition rounds[edit]

Prior to the final telecast 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.

During the final competition, the semi-finalists are announced and go on to compete in swimsuit and evening gown. From 1983 to 2002 all semi-finalists also competed in an interview competition as well as both swimsuit and evening gown, followed by one or two final interview questions. In 2003, a new format was introduced where the top fifteen competed in evening gown, the top ten competed in swimsuit and the top five competed in the final question. In 2006, the order of competition was changed where the top fifteen competed in swimsuit and the top ten in evening gown. The latest competition format was used since 2008 the final not broadcast on TV, where the top fifteen both competed in swimsuit and evening gown, and the top five competed in the final question who all signed up by a panel of judges.

Titleholders[edit]

Year Miss Teen USA State represented Age Host city Pageant date
2014 TBA TBA TBA Nassau, Bahamas August 2
2013 Cassidy Wolf  California 19 Nassau, Bahamas August 10
2012 Logan West  Connecticut 18 Nassau, Bahamas July 28
2011 Danielle Doty  Texas 18 Nassau, Bahamas July 16
2010 Kamie Crawford  Maryland 18 Nassau, Bahamas July 24
2009 Stormi Henley Flag of Tennessee.svg Tennessee 19 Nassau, Bahamas July 31
2008 Stevi Perry Flag of Arkansas.svg Arkansas 18 Nassau, Bahamas August 16
2007 Hilary Cruz Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado 19 Pasadena, California August 24
2006 Katie Blair Flag of Montana.svg Montana 19 Palm Springs, California August 15
2005 Allie LaForce Flag of Ohio.svg Ohio 17 Baton Rouge, Louisiana August 8
2004 Shelley Hennig Flag of Louisiana.svg Louisiana 17 Palm Springs, California August 6

Winners gallery[edit]

By number of wins[edit]

States Titles Winning years
 Oregon 3 1988 1990 2003
 California 2 1994 2013
 Texas 2 1996 2011
 Tennessee 2 1997 2009
 Connecticut 1 2012
 Maryland 1 2010
 Arkansas 1 2008
 Colorado 1 2007
 Montana 1 2006
 Ohio 1 2005
 Louisiana 1 2004
 Wisconsin 1 2002
 Missouri 1 2001
 Pennsylvania 1 2000
 Delaware 1 1999
 South Carolina 1 1998
 Kansas 1 1995
 Vermont 1 1993
 Iowa 1 1992
 New Hampshire 1 1991
 Idaho 1 1989
 Mississippi 1 1987
 Oklahoma 1 1986
 Hawaii 1 1985
 Illinois 1 1984
 New York 1 1983

Top 15 states by tally[edit]

See Miss Teen USA state rankings
Rank State/Territory Miss Teen USA 1st Runner-up 2nd Runner-up 3rd Runner-up 4th Runner-up Semifinalists Total
1  Oregon 3 0 0 1 0 1 5
2  Tennessee 2 2 1 0 1 9 15
3  Texas 2 2 0 3 2 7 16
4  California 2 1 4 0 1 7 15
5  New York 1 2 1 0 0 10 14
6  Hawaii 1 2 1 0 0 5 6
7  Illinois 1 2 0 2 0 6 11
8  South Carolina 1 2 0 1 0 6 10
9  Louisiana 1 1 2 1 1 7 13
10  Pennsylvania 1 1 1 0 0 5 8
11  Oklahoma 1 1 0 2 0 10 14
12  Kansas 1 0 2 1 0 7 11
13  Maryland 1 0 1 3 0 5 10
14  Missouri 1 0 1 0 2 7 11
15  Vermont 1 0 1 0 0 0 2

Delegates[edit]

Map of Miss Teen USA-winning states as of 2007: red (3 titles) and blue (1).
This map shows the number of times a state has placed as a finalist in Miss Teen USA pageants as of 2006

Broadcasting of the pageant[edit]

1983-2007: Viewership and later decline[edit]

The pageant's viewership peak was hit in 1988, when the pageant averaged over 22 million viewers on CBS. Even as recently as 1999, the show managed to bring in over 10 million viewers. The 2006 airing was the second lowest rated in the pageant's 23-year history, with only 5.6 million viewers watching the live broadcast (the lowest: 2004, with 5.34 million).[2] The 2007 telecast (25th Anniversary, scheduled for August 24, 2007) was the last time Miss Teen USA aired live on television.

2008: Dark pageant[edit]

The 2008 pageant was held, untelevised, on August 16, 2008. One factor that prevented NBC from broadcating was its prime time commitment to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

2009-present: Internet pageant[edit]

From 2009-2013, it has been broadcast over the Internet on the Miss Teen USA website over UStream as well as UStream's mobile, tablet and Smart TV applications. It can be viewed worldwide, without any region restrictions via geolocation.

Since 2012, the pageant is also broadcast to Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles and Windows-branded devices via the Xbox Live service. Unlike UStream, it requires a paid subscription (Xbox Live Gold) to view. Additionally, Xbox Entertainment Studios, a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios run by former CBS president Nancy Tellem, will co-produce the pageant.[3]

Crossovers with Miss USA[edit]

Miss Teen USA 1985 Kelly Hu became a model and a TV and film actress.
(Photo taken April 17, 2002.)

Miss Teen USA at Miss USA[edit]

In the early years of Miss Teen USA, three winners represented the title "Miss Teen USA" at Miss USA. The three queens were: Ruth Zakarian (1983), Cherise Haugen (1984), and Allison Brown (1986). This also made history because the Miss USA 1984 pageant had 53 delegates, the most ever in a Miss USA pageant. In 1987, Miss Teen USA 1986, Allison Brown participated in the 1987 Miss USA pageant. All three failed to make the cut at their respective Miss USA pageants.

Only in the three years mentioned above did Miss Teen USAs automatically gain representation at Miss USA. From 1988, if the Miss Teen USA winners want to compete at Miss USA, they first must win a Miss USA state crown. A total of seven Miss Teen USA winners have participated at Miss USA, with four winning their state Miss USA crowns first. The first of these was Kelly Hu, Miss Teen USA 1985, who won the Miss Hawaii USA 1993 title and represented Hawaii at Miss USA 1993. She finished as a finalist. The next was Jamie Solinger, Miss Teen USA 1992. She took the Miss Iowa USA 1998 title but failed to make the cut at the Miss USA pageant. Only two Miss Teen USAs have made the top 3 of Miss USA. Brandi Sherwood, Miss Teen USA 1989 won the Miss Idaho USA 1997 title. Succeeding Kelly, she took 1st runner up and later inherited the Miss USA crown, when Brook Mahealani Lee of Hawaii won Miss Universe 1997. She is the only Miss Teen USA winner to hold the title Miss USA. Shauna Gambill was close in winning the Miss USA 1998 title, but placed 1st runner up to Shawnae Jebbia, Miss Massachusetts USA 1998. However, to date it has never happened that the same woman had won the 2 separate pageants officially.

There have been two years when two Miss Teen USAs participated at Miss USA. The first was 1984, when Miss Teen USA 1983 and Miss Teen USA 1984 participated, the second was 1998, when Jamie Solinger competed as Miss Iowa USA but went unplaced, and Shauna Gambill competed as Miss California USA and placed first runner-up.

The first Miss Teen USA not to win a Miss USA state pageant on her first attempt was Christie Lee Woods, Miss Teen USA 1996, of Texas, who placed third runner-up in the Miss Texas USA 2002 pageant. She would also become the first Miss Teen USA to compete for, but never win a Miss USA state title (she also placed as a semi-finalist in 2003 and 2004). The second Miss Teen USA who did not win a Miss USA state title on her first attempt was Ashley Coleman, Miss Teen USA 1999, of Delaware, who competed in the Miss California USA 2006 pageant and finished third runner-up. She is the first Miss Teen USA winner to compete in a different state from that where she won her Miss Teen USA crown. Tami Farrell, Miss Teen USA 2003, competed at Miss California USA 2009 as Miss Malibu USA, but failed to win the crown, placing first runner-up to Carrie Prejean. Farrell competed at Miss Teen USA as Miss Oregon Teen USA, and was one of the few Miss Teen USA's to try for the state crown outside of the state she represented for Miss Teen USA. In a span of only two years later, Miss Teen USA 2006, Katie Blair also competed at Miss California USA 2011. Representing the state of Montana at Miss Teen USA 2006, Blair is only the third Miss Teen USA to compete in a state other than the state she competed in Teen. Similarly to Coleman and Farrell, Blair placed 1st runner up in the pageant, to Alyssa Campanella, who also competed in Miss Teen USA representing another state. Campanella went on to win Miss USA 2011.

Miss Teen USA state delegates at Miss USA[edit]

A large number of Miss Teen USA state delegates have won Miss USA state titles and competed at Miss USA. Most held both titles in the same state, but a number have held titles from two states. From 1996, many former Miss Teen USA delegates have gone on to win the Miss USA crown. Out of the eight former teens which won the crown outright, seven competed for Miss USA in the state they won their Teen title and one represented a different state.

They are:

Miss USA 2009 was the first Miss USA pageant since 1994 where no former Miss Teen USA state titleholders made the semi-finals.

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