Miss Teen USA 1990
|Miss Teen USA 1990|
|Date||July 16, 1990|
|Presenters||Sandy Duncan, Kelly Hu and Leeza Gibbons|
|Entertainment||Gulf Coast Teen Orchestra|
|Venue||Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi|
1990 marked the year that Oregon won the pageant for the second of three times in the history of the pageant. No other state has won more than two Miss Teen USA titles, making Oregon the only one with three crowns: Mindy Duncan in 1988, Bridgette Wilson in 1990 and Tami Farrell in 2003.
This was the first year the pageant was held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, where it would be held for the following four years.
Sandy Duncan hosted the event for the only time, with color commentary by Leeza Gibbons and Miss Teen USA 1985 Kelly Hu. Music was provided by the Gulf Coast Teen Orchestra. Duncan was the first female host of an American beauty pageant.
- Miss Teen USA 1990: Bridgette Wilson (Oregon)
- The runners-up were:
- The other top six finalists were: April Vaughan (Kentucky), Susan Barnett (Pennsylvania) and Becky Fisher (Texas).
- The remaining semi-finalists were: Ali Landry (Louisiana), Trisha Robie (California), Tavia Shackles (Missouri), Nina Cammaratta (Massachusetts), Jeri Lynn Beatty (Arizona), Shalon Pekosky (Colorado).
- Miss Congeniality: Shirelle Robinson (District of Columbia)
- Miss Photogenic: Mary Ann Cimino (Maryland)
- Colorado and Arizona placed for the first time.
- This was Alaska's first placement ever, and the state would not record another placement until 2003.
The following are the contestants' scores in the preliminary competition.
The Miss Teen USA 1990 delegates were:
- Ali Landry (Louisiana) went on to become Miss Louisiana USA 1996 and Miss USA 1996.
- Bridgette Wilson later became an actress, and in 1998 was the only Miss Teen USA titleholder to win a Miss Universe Organisation Distinguished Achievement Award. She later married tennis player Pete Sampras.
- Eight other contestants later won Miss USA state titles, four representing states other than that which they competed for at Miss Teen USA:
- Holly Roehl (Georgia) - Miss Indiana USA 1996 (Top 10 semifinalist at Miss USA 1996)
- Claudia Jordan (Rhode Island) - Miss Rhode Island USA 1997 (Top 10 semifinalist at Miss USA 1997, later worked as a Barker's Beauty and suitcase model on Deal or No Deal)
- Melissa Leigh Anderson (Utah) - Miss Utah USA 1998 (Top 5 finalist at Miss USA 1998)
- Susan Barnett (Pennsylvania) - Miss Pennsylvania USA 1996 (Nowadays a successful television journalist and anchorperson)
- Tavia Shackles (Missouri) - Miss Kansas USA 1993 (2nd runner-up at Miss USA 1993)
- Catherine Bliss (New York) - Miss Vermont USA 1998
- Mary Ann Cimino (Maryland) - Miss Maryland USA 1993
- Terri Bollinger (Illinois) - Miss Missouri USA 1999
In a pre-taped segment for the pageant telecast on July 2, a small group of delegates was filmed playing with dolphins in a training pool at the Marine Life Oceanarium. This led to a probe by the National Marine Fisheries Service to investigate whether the oceanarium was in violation of its permit by allowing the delegates to swim with the dolphins. It was later decided that the segment would be edited so that it only showed the delegates feeding the mammals.
- Bill Daily
- Nina Blanchard
- Robin Roberts
- Steven Fertig
- Susan Akin
- Edward Wilson
- Melanie Sherwood
- James House
- Dr. Joyce Brothers
- "Oregon Girl Wins Pageant". Associated Press. 1990-07-16.
- "Miss. Gulf Coast enjoying TV exposure". The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. 1990-07-09.
- "Sandy Duncan eases into a `first'". St. Petersburg Times. 1990-07-06. p. 7D.
- "Teen pageant airs Monday". Teen pageant airs Monday. 1990-07-12. p. 5-C.
- "UNL Student, Omaha Teen Win Pageants". The Omaha World-Herald. 1990-01-07. p. 2b.
- "Teen chosen at pageant". Portland Oregonian. 1989-11-27. p. 4.
- Taylor, Charles (1990-07-17). "Once in lifetime experience may be just that...". The Richmond News Leader.
- "Marine Life being probed after letting teen girls in pool". The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. 1990-07-09.
- "Pageant telecast won't include dolphin scenes". The Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate. 1990-07-15.