The Miss USA 2002 pageant was held in Gary, Indiana on March 2, 2002. The event was won by Shauntay Hinton of the District of Columbia, who was crowned by outgoing queen Kandace Krueger of Texas.
Hinton was the first African-American woman to win the pageant since Chelsi Smith held the title in 1995, and was the first titleholder from Washington, DC since 1964.
Map showing placements by state
Special awards 
- Miss Congeniality: Meredith McCannell (Montana)
- Miss Photogenic: Shannon Ford (Florida)
- Best in Swimsuit: Lanore VanBuren (Minnesota)
Final competition scores 
|District of Columbia
- First runner-up
- Second runner-up
- Third runner-up
- Fourth runner-up
The Miss USA 2002 delegates were:
Historical significance 
- This became the first win for the District of Columbia in 38 years, when Bobbie Johnson won Miss USA 1964.
- Kansas equaled its highest placement at Miss USA since 1996.
- Indiana had its highest placement since 1981.
- Minnesota had its highest placement since 1977.
- Connecticut placed for the first time since 1969 and had its highest ranking since 1966.
- This is the first time in pageant history that four delegates in the Top 5 were African-American.
- This is the second year in a row and third time since 1995 a Miss Teen USA state delegate did not win or inherit the Miss USA title.
- Two Triple Crown winners, women who have held state titles for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America, were in the pageant.
Swimsuit Controversy 
Controversy erupted over the choice of swimsuits for the swimsuit final competition. Six of the 51 delegates chose an all-red one-piece, while the rest wore a two-piece option. The New York Post reported one contestant, Tarah Marie Peters of California, had points deducted by one judge because of her choice of a one-piece suit, thus eliminating her from the top five contestants. She was the only one of the top twelve who wore the one-piece option.
Ten delegates had previously competed in either the Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants, including the two Triple Crown winners who had competed in both. One delegate later won a Miss America state title.
Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title were:
Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title or would later win one were:
Delegates who participate in other beauty pageant later are:
See also 
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