Miss Teen USA 1993
|Miss Teen USA 1993|
|Date||August 10, 1993|
|Presenters||Dick Clark, Arthel Neville and Kelly Hu|
The pageant was hosted by Dick Clark for the fourth and final year, with color commentary by Arthel Neville and Miss Teen USA 1985 Kelly Hu for the final time. Music was provided by the Gulf Coast Teen Orchestra.
This was the fourth of five years that the pageant was held in Biloxi. Contestants arrived on 26 June and were involved in two weeks of events and preliminary competition prior to the final broadcast, such as pre-taping scenes along the Mississippi coast, and being involved in an autograph signing party.
- Miss Teen USA 1993: Charlotte Lopez (Vermont)
- The runners-up were:
- The other top six finalists were (in order of placement): Juliana Kaulukukui (Hawaii), Sara Rae Gore (New York) and Denesha Reed (Georgia).
- The remaining semi-finalists were (in order of placement): Jaime Dudney (Tennessee), Melissa Yust (Ohio), Jill Chartier (Oregon), Lauren Poppell (South Carolina), Cynthia Schneck (Connecticut), Jill Mellen (Maine )
- Miss Congeniality: Juliana Kaulukukui (Hawaii)
- Miss Photogenic: Melanie Breedlove (Missouri)
- Best in Swimsuit: Ursula Abbott (Pennsylvania)
- Most Beautiful Eyes: Kelly Lloyd (Indiana)
- Vermont placed for the first time since 1989, their second placement in the history of the competition, and went on to win the title.
- Indiana placed for the third consecutive time, a record for the state.
- Georgia also placed for the third consecutive time, each time top 6 or higher, also a record for the state.
- Hawaii placed for the first time since Kelly Hu won in 1985.
- This was Pennsylvania's first placement since 1990.
- New York placed for the first time since 1989.
- Tennessee placed for the first time since 1984, their second placement ever.
- This was Ohio's first placement in the history of the competition. They would not make the semi-finals again until 2005, when the state went on to win the title.
- This is one of only two times that Oregon made the semifinals but did not win the crown.
- South Carolina and Maine placed for the first time ever.
- Connecticut also placed for the first time, and did not place again until 2002.
- As well as a large prize package for the winner, the runners-up also received cash scholarships and other opportunities. Pennsylvania was awarded $2,000 for her second runner-up placement and the option of a one year modeling contract or $1,000 scholarship for winning the swimsuit award.
The following are the contestants' scores in the preliminary competition.
The Miss Teen USA 1993 delegates were:
- Kelly Lloyd (Indiana) later won the Miss Indiana 1999 and Miss Indiana USA 2002 titles, becoming only one of six Triple Crown winners.
- One other contestant also competed at Miss America: Heather Dupree, who was Miss Louisiana 1997.
- Contestants who later competed in the Miss USA pageant were:
- Tanae Geisler (Wisconsin) - Miss Wisconsin USA 1995
- Jill Chartier (Oregon) - Miss Oregon USA 1996
- Tiffany Parks (Arkansas) - Miss Arkansas USA 1996
- Autumn Smith (Alabama) - Miss Alabama USA 1997 (semi-finalist at Miss USA 1997)
- Danesha Reed (Georgia) - Miss Georgia USA 1997
- Gretchen Jurgin (New Hampshire) - Miss New Hampshire USA 1997
- Melanie Breedlove (Missouri) - Miss Missouri USA 1998 (second runner-up at Miss USA 1998)
- Tammie Rankin (Nevada) - Miss Nevada USA 1998
- Lauren Poppell (South Carolina) - Miss South Carolina USA 1999 (finalist at Miss USA 1999)
- Jamie Dudney (Tennessee) is the daughter of country music singer Barbara Mandrell
Following the 1992 event, local hoteliers signalled that they may no longer be able to furnish free accommodation for the contestants for the 1993 pageant. Although the Tourism Commission was contracted to host the pageant until 1994, they considered getting out of the contract because of the increased cost of paying for the rooms.
The pageant went ahead in Biloxi as planned, and it was estimated that the region benefitted by $1 million for hosting the event.
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