Miss Texas USA

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This article is about the state pageant to select a Texas delegate to the Miss USA pageant. For the Miss America state pageant, see Miss Texas.
Crystle Stewart, Miss Texas USA and Miss USA 2008

The Miss Texas USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Texas in the Miss USA pageant. In turn, the winner of Miss USA competes for the title of Miss Universe.

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.

Christy Fichtner, Miss Texas USA, Miss USA and first runner-up for Miss Universe 1986 had a soon-to-be famous first runner-up - Oscar winner actress Halle Berry.

Former Miss Texas Teen USA titleholders at Miss Texas USA[edit]

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

Results summary[edit]

  • 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).

Winners[edit]

Stephanie Guerrero, Miss Texas USA 2004
Michelle Royer, Miss Texas USA and Miss USA 1987
Christy Fichtner, Miss Texas USA and Miss USA 1986
Lisa Allred, Miss Texas USA 1983
Year Name Hometown Local Title Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2015 Ylianna Guerra McAllen Miss Tropics of Texas 21
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[1] 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[2] Burleson Miss Burleson 19 Top 10 Miss Photogenic
1983 Lisa Allred[3] 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[4] 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[5]
1975 Aundie Evers El Paso 4th runner-up
1974 Debra Cronin McDade
1973 Lavonne McConnell[6] Fort Worth 19 Top 12 Best State Costume
1972 Susan Peters[7] 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
1968 Jeannie Wilson Dallas
1967 Bonnie Robinson Houston Top 15
1966 Dorothy Pickens Edinburg Top 15
1965 Phillis Johnson Top 15
1964 Diane Balloun Houston 1st runner-up
1963 Cheryl Wilburn Houston
1962 Jackie Williams Top 15
1961 Sheila Wade Dallas Miss Lake Whitney
1960 Pat Cloud Houston
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
1952 Charlene McClary

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (2007-07-01). "Miss Fort Bend County takes Miss Texas title". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-07-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Beauty Pinched". The Times-News. 1983-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Texas USA title won". The Victoria Advocate. 1982-08-23. 
  4. ^ Speakerman, Carol (1981-03-18). "Miss Texas USA Enjoying 'Good Year' for Texas". The Victoria Advocate. 
  5. ^ "Diving Accident Kills Beauty Queen". The Montreal Gazette. 1981-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Yoakum Entry Named Runner-up". The Victoria Advocate. 1973-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Miss Texas Universe named in San Antonio Competition". The Victoria Advocate. 1972-04-17. 

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