Miss USA 2003

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Miss USA 2003
Date March 24, 2003
Presenters Billy Bush, Daisy Fuentes
Venue San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas
Broadcaster NBC, WOAI-TV
Winner Susie Castillo
Massachusetts Massachusetts
Congeniality Breann Parriott
Photogenic Sarah Cahill

The Miss USA 2003 pageant was held in San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas March 24, 2003, the first time it had been held in this state since 1996 when the pageant was held in South Padre Island. It was the latest it had been held since 1986, as previous pageants had been held in February or early March.

The pageant was won by Susie Castillo of Massachusetts, who was crowned by outgoing queen Shauntay Hinton of the District of Columbia.

The format reverted to a Top Ten who competed in swimsuit and evening gown, although, as with 2002, there was no interview competition for the semi-finalists. This would be the last year where a top ten was called. The following Miss Universe Organization pageant, Miss Universe 2003 and onward, fifteen semi-finalists have been called each year.

Daisy Fuentes co-hosted the event for the first time (although she had been a color commentator in 1995), joined by Billy Bush who would also host the 2004 and 2005 events, as well as the Miss Universe pageants all three years. Color commentary was added by reigning Miss USA Shauntay Hinton. Entertainment was provided by Burn The Floor.

Results[edit]

Map showing placements by state

Placements[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2003
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Delegates[edit]

The Miss USA 2003 delegates were:

State Name Hometown Age Height Pacement Award Notes
Alabama Alabama Michelle Arnette Dothan 25 5'10" 1st Runner up
Alaska Alaska Stacey Storey Eagle River 25 5'8" Previously Miss Alaska 1995
Arizona Arizona Nafeesa DeFlorias Phoenix 26 5'9"
Arkansas Arkansas Taylor Carlisle Jacksonville 21 5'7"
California California Candice Sanders La Habra 26 5'10"
Colorado Colorado Erin Caperton MacGregor Denver 26 5'9" Previously Miss Colorado 1999
Connecticut Connecticut Michelle LaFrance Orange 24 5'7"
Delaware Delaware Cheryl Lynn Crowe Felton 24 5'9" Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 1997
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Michelle Dollie Wright Washington, DC 26 5'6" Previously Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 1995
Florida Florida Carrie Mewha Fort Lauderdale 24 5'10"
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Erin Haney Atlanta 22 5'7"
Hawaii Hawaii Alicia Malia Michioka Kapaa 24 5'5" Top 10 Her sister, Justine Michioka, succeeded her as Miss Hawaii USA 2004.

Later Mrs. Hawaii United States 2004 and 1st Runner up at Mrs. United States 2004.

Idaho Idaho Lana Wright Pocatello 25 5'8"
Illinois Illinois Agnieszka Zakreta Rolling Meadows 24 5'9" Previously Miss Tourism International 1999 as Poland's representative
Indiana Indiana Tashina Brooke Kastigar West Terre Haute 22 5'9" Top 10 Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1998
Iowa Iowa Linsey Grams Urbandale 20 6'0"
Kansas Kansas Alicia Angelina Cabrera Leawood 24 5'8"
Kentucky Kentucky Lori Mitchell Scottsville 21 5'7"
Louisiana Louisiana Brittney Rogers Shreveport 20 5'6" She won Fear Factor Miss U.S.A 2003 special.

She and her family placed 9th on The Amazing Race: Family Edition.

Maine Maine Lacey Hutchinson Biddeford 23 5'6"
Maryland Maryland Jaime Kramer Pasadena 19 5'10"
Massachusetts Massachusetts Susie Castillo Lawrence 23 5'8" Winner Previously Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998
Michigan Michigan Elisa Kathleen Schleef St. Joseph 23 5'8" 3rd Runner up
Minnesota Minnesota Sarah Cahill Waseca 24 5'8" Miss Photogenic Previously Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1996
Mississippi Mississippi Allison Bloodworth Grenada 21 5'8" Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1999
Missouri Missouri Tara Bollinger Chesterfield 23 5'5"
Montana Montana Megan Monroe Missoula 22 5'10"
Nebraska Nebraska Jessica Perea Omaha 22 5'11"
Nevada Nevada Ashley Huff Henderson 22 5'7" Previously Miss Nevada 2001
New Hampshire New Hampshire Rachael Ribeck Londonderry 24 5'7"
New Jersey New Jersey Vanessa Baker Marlton 23 5'11"
New Mexico New Mexico Alina Ogle Albuquerque 21 5'9" Top 10 Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1999
New York New York Nadia Behette Bay Ridge 25 5'7"
North Carolina North Carolina Kristen Luneberg Durham 22 5'9" Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1998
North Dakota North Dakota Samantha Edwards Fargo 23 5'7"
Ohio Ohio Candace Smith Dayton 26 5'6" Second contestant voted off Survivor: Tocantins.
Oklahoma Oklahoma Star Williams Tulsa 22 5'8" Top 10
Oregon Oregon Myah Moore Portland 21 5'8"
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Camille Young Philadelphia 23 5'11"
Rhode Island Rhode Island Krisily Kennedy Warwick 23 5'9" Runner-up on Season 7 of The Bachelor. Later contestant on the first season of Bachelor Pad.
South Carolina South Carolina Anna Hanks Belton 21 5'10" Top 10
South Dakota South Dakota Jessica Lawrence Brookings 25 5'9"
Tennessee Tennessee Beth Hood Cleveland 24 5'9" 4th Runner up Previously Miss Tennessee 2000
Texas Texas Nicole O'Brian Friendswood 20 5'6" 2nd Runner up Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2000 and 1st Runner up at Miss Teen USA 2000.

She and her teammate finished 3rd on The Amazing Race 5.

Utah Utah Kelly Chapman South Jordan 24 5'9"
Vermont Vermont Jennifer Ripley Burlington 20 5'7" Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 1999

Later Mrs. Vermont America 2009

Virginia Virginia Mimi Abraham Alexandria 24 5'7"
Washington (state) Washington Breann Parriott Puyallup 25 5'6" Miss Congeniality Previously Miss Washington 2001
West Virginia West Virginia Amy Thomason Buckhannon 24 5'6"
Wisconsin Wisconsin Judy Eckerle Milwaukee 26 5'8"
Wyoming Wyoming Jamie Gorman Cheyenne 22 5'7"

1 Age as of March 24, 2003

Historical significance[edit]

  • This became the second win for Massachusetts in six years, when Shawnae Jebbia won Miss USA 1998.
  • This is the sixth time since 1995 a former Miss Teen USA state delegate wins or inherits the Miss USA title and the fourth to win it outright. Coincidentally, Susie Castillo was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998 when Jebbia won her Miss USA title.
  • Castillo was the first Miss USA winner to be crowned with the new Mikimoto-designed crown valued at $200,000, which features over 480 diamonds and almost 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls.
  • Alabama equaled its highest placement at Miss USA for the fourth time since Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss USA 1967. Alabama placed 1st Runner-Up in 1968, 1975, and 1992.
  • Michigan had its highest placement since Kenya Moore won Miss USA 1993.
  • Tennessee had its highest placement since Lynnette Cole won Miss USA 2000.
  • Hawaii had its first placement since Brook Lee won Miss USA 1997 and later went on to win Miss Universe 1997.
  • New Mexico placed for the first time since 1999.
  • South Carolina placed in the Top 10 for the third time in four years.

Contestant notes[edit]

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