Vanessa Semrow

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Vanessa Semrow
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Vanessa Marie Semrow
1984 (age 30–31)
Rhinelander, Wisconsin U.S.
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Hazel
Title(s) Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2002
Miss Teen USA 2002
Miss Teen USA 2002 (winner)

Vanessa Marie Semrow (born 1984) is a beauty queen from Rhinelander, Wisconsin who held the Miss Teen USA 2002 title.

Semrow won her first title, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA on October 15, 2001, in a pageant paying tribute to the events of September 11, 2001.[1] She had been recruited during a modeling exhibition (she had been modeling since the age of 11).

In August 2002, Semrow represented Wisconsin in the Miss Teen USA 2002 pageant held on South Padre Island, Texas, where she became the first semi-finalist from her state since Miss Teen USA 1984. At the conclusion of the final competition, Semrow was crowned Miss Teen USA 2002 by outgoing titleholder Marissa Whitley.[2] Semrow was the first Miss Universe Organization titleholder to wear the newly designed Mikimoto crown.

As Miss Teen USA, Semrow represented the Miss Universe Organization and lived in a Trump apartment in New York City, the first Miss Teen USA titleholder to live there full-time.[3] Her "sister" 2002 titleholders were Shauntay Hinton (Miss USA, from the District of Columbia) and Justine Pasek (Miss Universe, of Panama). During her reign, Semrow travelled with Pasek to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on a USO tour,[4] raised money for charities, and attended celebrity events. Her reign ended on 13 August 2003, when she crowned Tami Farrell, Miss Teen USA 2003.[5]

Semrow was a home schooled student who graduated a year early with a 4.0 GPA.[6] After her reign, Semrow intended to remain in New York to fulfill her two-year scholarship at the New York School of Film and Television, then attend Northwestern University.


  1. ^ Nelson, Aaron (2001-10-15). "Beauty Pageants Provide Some Respite Here". The Capital Times. 
  2. ^ "Miss Teen USA 2002 crown goes to Wisconsin native". Associated Press. 2002-08-29. 
  3. ^ Martell, Chris. "Life's a Whirlwind for Teen Queen; Rhinelander Takes on Big City after Earning Crown". Wisconsin State Journal. 
  4. ^ "Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA Bring a Touch of Home To Troops in Southwest Asia". PR Newswire. 2002-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Miss Teen USA 2003 crown goes to 18-year-old from Oregon". Associated Press. 2005-08-13. 
  6. ^ "State Teen wins National Crown; Named Miss Teen USA". The Capital Times. 2002-08-29. 

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