Miss USA 1971

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Miss USA 1971
Date May 22, 1971
Presenters Bob Barker
Venue Jackie Gleason Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 51
Placements 12
Winner Michele McDonald
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Congeniality Colorado Diane Knaub
Photogenic Virginia Brenda Miller

Miss USA 1971, the 20th Miss USA pageant, was televised live by CBS from the Jackie Gleason Auditorium in Miami Beach, Florida on May 22, 1971.

The pageant was won by Michele McDonald of Pennsylvania, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Deborah Shelton of Virginia. McDonald was the first – and to date only – woman from Pennsylvania to win the Miss USA title, and went on to place as a semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1971.

For the 1971 pageant, the number of semi-finalists called was reduced from 15 to 12. It would remain at this number until 1984, when it was cut again to 10.


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The Miss USA 1971 delegates were:

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