Miss Texas USA
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Texas is the most successful state ever to compete at Miss USA. It has had nine winners, three more than any other state, but only one Miss Universe. Texas may be best known for its five consecutive winners. Before Texas won consecutively from 1985 to 1989, no state had ever won the Miss USA pageant more than two times in succession. Texas also has the most semifinalists (or better) - 45, and has received the most special awards - 9.
The Miss Texas USA pageant is one of the most competitive among state pageants for Miss USA; the number of contestants often exceeds one hundred. Many of the contestants are winners from local pageants, the most notable of which are held in cities such as Dallas, Houston, and Austin. Other contestants are "assigned" a title, but unlike local winners, they have to pay an entry fee in order to participate. The Miss Texas USA pageant was broadcast on local Texas Television until 2010.
Former Miss Texas Teen USA titleholders at Miss Texas USA
Although a large number of former Miss Texas Teen USA titleholders have attempted to win the Miss Texas USA title, only five have succeeded, each only after competing in the pageant on at least one prior occasion.
There was a rare occurrence in 2001 when all former Miss Texas Teen USA titleholders from 1995 to 2000 competed for the Miss Texas USA 2002 title. Andria Mullins (1997) was second runner-up, Christie Lee Woods (1996) was third runner-up, Mandy Jeffreys (1995) was a semi-finalist and Nicole O'Brian, Christie Cole and Misty Giles did not place.
Former Miss Texas Teen USA titleholders who have competed for Miss Texas USA but did not win the title are:
- Mandy Jeffreys (1995), a non-finalist in 1998 and 2000, semi-finalist in 2002 and 2004, 3rd runner-up in 1999 and 2003 and 1st runner-up in 2001.
- Christie Lee Woods, (1996), was the first former Miss Teen USA not to win a Miss USA state pageant on her first attempt. She first competed for the Miss Texas USA 2002 title, where she placed 3rd runner-up. She was a semi-finalist in 2003 and again in 2004, her last year of eligibility.
- Andria Mullins (1997), a non-finalist in 1999 and 2000, semi-finalist in 2001, 2003, and 2004, and second runner-up in 2002, and then competed in New York in 2005 (4th runner-up) and 2007 (1st runner-up) and California in 2006 (Top ten and Miss Photogenic).
- Misty Giles (1999) was a non-finalist in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
- Christie Cole (1998) was a non-finalist in 2002.
- Tye Felan (2003), was a finalist in 2005
- Brittany Tiner (2002), a non-finalist 2006, semi-finalist 2008, 2010 and 2012
- Raeven Valdez (2006), non-finalist 2012 and 2010, semi-finalist 2009
- Kelli Harral (2009), non-finalist 2012 and 2011
Successful former Teen titleholders include:
- Kara Williams (1991) - 2nd runner-up in 1995, Miss Texas USA 1996
- Carissa Blair (1992) - Top 12 in 1997, 3rd runner-up in 1998, Miss Texas USA 1999
- Nicole O'Brian (2000) - Non-finalist in 2002, Miss Texas USA 2003
- Magen Ellis (2004) - Top 15 in 2006, Miss Texas USA 2007
- Lauren Guzman (2008) - 3rd runner-up in 2011, 1st runner-up in 2012, 4th runner-up in 2013, Miss Texas USA 2014
- Miss USA: Kimberly Tomes (1977), Laura Martinez Herring (1985), Christy Fichtner (1986), Michelle Royer (1987), Courtney Gibbs (1988), Gretchen Polhemus (1989), Chelsi Smith (1995), Kandace Krueger (2001), Crystle Stewart (2008).
- 1st runners-up: Carelgean Douglas (1959), Diane Balloun (1964), Brenda Lynn Box (1971), Luann Caughey (1982), Lisa Allred (1983).
- 2nd runners-up: Barbara Horan (1978), Nicole O'Brian (2003).
- 3rd runners-up: Betty Lee (1954), Ana Rodriguez (2011).
- 4th runners-up: Jo Dodson (1956), Aundie Evers (1975), Alexandria Nugent (2013).
- Top 5: Holly Mills (1998)
- Top 6: Christine Friedel (1994), Amanda Little (1997)
- Top 10: Laura Shaw (1984), Kara Williams (1996), Lauren Lanning (2006), Magen Ellis (2007), Brooke Daniels (2009), Brittany Booker (2012).
- Top 11: Katie Young (1992)
- Top 12: Lavonne McConnell (1973), Candace Gray (1976), Anne Hinnant (1979), Barbara Buckley (1980), Diana Durnford (1981), Stephanie Kuehne (1990), Angie Sisk (1993), Kasi Kelly (2002).
- Top 15: Joan Bradshaw (1953), Mary Daughters (1955), Gloria Hunt (1957), Linda Daugherty (1958), Jackie Williams (1962), Phillis Johnson (1965), Dorothy Pickens (1966), Bonnie Robinson (1967), Sandy Drewes (1969), Diane Swendeman (1970), Stephanie Guerrero (2004), Tyler Willis (2005).
|Year||Name||Hometown||Local Title||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2014||Lauren Guzman||Laredo||Miss Central Laredo||24||Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2008|
|2013||Alexandria Nugent||Dallas||Miss North Texas||19||4th runner-up|
|2012||Brittany Booker||Friendswood||Miss Houston||21||Top 10|
|2011||Ana Rodriguez||Laredo||Miss Central Laredo||24||3rd runner-up|
|2010||Kelsey Moore||El Paso||Miss El Paso||19|
|2009||Brooke Daniels||Tomball||Miss Harris County||22||Top 10|
|2008||Crystle Stewart||Missouri City||Miss Fort Bend County||26||Miss USA 2008||Top 10 at Miss Universe 2008|
|2007||Magen Ellis||Tyler||Miss Houston||19||Top 10||Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2004 (Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2004)|
|2006||Lauren Lanning||Friendswood||Miss Houston||22||Top 10|
|2005||Tyler Willis||Lubbock||Miss Central Plains||25||Top 15||Miss Photogenic|
|2004||Stephanie Guerrero||Lake Jackson||Miss Houston||23||Top 15|
|2003||Nicole O'Brian||Friendswood||Miss Bay Area||20||2nd runner-up||Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2000 (1st Runner-up & Best in Swimsuit at Miss Teen USA) and a contestant on The Amazing Race 5|
|2002||Kasi Kelly||Bridgeport||Miss DFW||20||Top 12|
|2001||Kandace Krueger||Austin||Miss Austin||24||Miss USA 2001||2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 2001|
|2000||Heather Ogilvie||Houston||Miss Southeast Texas||22|
|1999||Carissa Blair||Houston||Miss Southeast Texas||23||Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 1992|
|1998||Holly Mills||San Antonio||Miss San Antonio||22||Top 5|
|1997||Amanda Little||Wylie||Miss Metroplex||20||Top 6|
|1996||Kara Williams||Houston||Miss Harris County||23||Top 10||Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 1991 (Top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1991)|
|1995||Chelsi Smith||Deer Park||Miss Galveston County||21||Miss USA 1995||Miss Congeniality & Best in Swimsuit||Miss Universe 1995|
|1994||Christine Friedel||El Paso||Miss El Paso||22||Top 6|
|1993||Angie Sisk||Houston||Miss Fort Bend County||21||Top 12|
|1992||Katie Young||Fort Worth||Miss Fort Worth||19||Top 11|
|1991||Chris Bogard||Tomball||Miss North Harris County||23|
|1990||Stephanie Kuehne||Missouri City||Miss Houston||22||Top 12||Miss Wonderland 1989|
|1989||Gretchen Polhemus||Fort Worth||Miss Fort Worth||23||Miss USA 1989||2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 1989|
|1988||Courtney Gibbs||Fort Worth||Miss Metroplex||21||Miss USA 1988||Top 10 at Miss Universe 1988|
|1987||Michelle Royer||Keller||Miss Keller||21||Miss USA 1987||2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 1987|
|1986||Christy Fichtner||Dallas||Miss Dallas County||23||Miss USA 1986||1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1986|
|1985||Laura Martinez Herring||El Paso||Miss El Paso County||21||Miss USA 1985||Top 10 at Miss Universe 1985|
|1984||Laura Shaw||Burleson||Miss Burleson||19||Top 10||Miss Photogenic|
|1983||Lisa Allred||Fort Worth||Miss Fort Worth||1st runner-up||Miss Photogenic||6th runner-up at Miss World 1983|
|1982||Luann Caughey||Abilene||1st runner-up||4th runner-up at Miss World 1982|
|1981||Diana Durnford||El Paso||Miss El Paso||Top 12|
|1980||Barbara Buckley||Midland||Top 12|
|1979||Anne Hinnant||Houston||Top 12|
|1978||Barbara Horan||Dallas||2nd runner-up||Best State Costume|
|1977||Kimberly Tomes||Houston||21||Miss USA 1977||Best State Costume||Top 12 at Miss Universe 1977, 1st runner up at Miss World USA 1974|
|1976||Candace Gray||El Paso||Top 12||Died in a scuba diving accident in 1981|
|1975||Aundie Evers||El Paso||4th runner-up|
|1973||Lavonne McConnell||Fort Worth||19||Top 12||Best State Costume|
|1972||Susan Peters||Austin||Miss Photogenic|
|1971||Brenda Lynn Box||Amarillo||1st runner-up|
|1970||Diane Swendeman||San Antonio||Top 15||Miss Congeniality|
|1969||Sandy Drewes||Dallas||Top 15|
|1967||Bonnie Robinson||Houston||Top 15|
|1966||Dorothy Pickens||Edinburg||Top 15|
|1965||Phillis Johnson||Top 15|
|1964||Diane Balloun||Houston||1st runner-up|
|1962||Jackie Williams||Top 15|
|1961||Sheila Wade||Dallas||Miss Lake Whitney|
|1959||Carelgean Douglas||1st runner-up|
|1958||Linda Daugherty||Top 15|
|1957||Gloria Hunt||Top 15|
|1956||Jo Dodson||4th runner-up|
|1955||Mary Daughters||Top 15|
|1954||Betty Lee||3rd runner-up|
|1953||Joan Bradshaw||Top 15|
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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