Miss Alabama USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Alabama.
Miss Alabama USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Birmingham
Miss USA
Official language
Website missalabamausa.com
Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama USA 2012
Keisha Walding, Miss Alabama USA 2008
Haleigh Stidham, Miss Alabama USA 2006
Tara Darby, Miss Alabama USA 2004
Paige Brooks, Miss Alabama USA 1998

The Miss Alabama USA competition is the beauty pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alabama in the Miss USA pageant.

Alabama is one of the more successful and (recently) consistent states at Miss USA. Although they have had a number of runners-up, finalists, and semi-finalists, they have only had one Miss USA. Even more successfully, Sylvia Hitchcock, Miss USA 1967, went on to win the Miss Universe title. Two Miss Alabama USA titleholders have placed first runner-up to winners from California: Candace Michelle Brown was first runner-up to Shannon Marketic in 1992; Pamela Flowers was first runner-up to Summer Bartholomew in 1975.

Four Miss Alabama USA titleholders were former Miss Alabama Teen USAs. Of these three, two placed better in the Miss competition than they did as teens.

The current Miss Alabama USA titleholder is Peyton Brown of Eufaula.

Results summary[edit]

Placements in Miss USA[edit]

  • Miss USA: Sylvia Hitchcock (Miss Universe 1967)
  • 1st Runner-Up: Pamela Flowers (1975), Candace Michelle Brown (1992), Michelle Arnette (2003), Mary-Margaret McCord (2013)
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Doris Edwards (1953), Judith Carlson (1958), Margaret Gordon (1960), Jina Mitchell (2000), Madeline Mitchell (2011)
  • 3rd Runner-Up: Pamela Rigas (1980)
  • 4th Runner-Up: Suellen Robinson (1961)
  • Top 5: Peyton Brown (2016)
  • Top 10: Autumn Smith (1997), Tara Darby (2004), Haleigh Stidham (2006), Audrey Moore (2010), Katherine Webb (2012),
  • Top 11/12: JoAnne Henderson (1981), Candy Carley (1991), Tara Tucker (2002), Madison Guthrie (2015)
  • Top 15: Pat Sullivan (1959), Dinah Irene Armstrong (1963), Pamela Jean Borgfeldt (1964), Leigh Sanford (1965), Claudia Robinson (1968), Hitsy Parnell (1969)
  • Top 20: Jesica Ahlberg (2014)



Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age Placement at Miss USA Special Awards at Miss USA Notes
2016 Peyton Brown[1] Eufaula 21 Top 5 Miss Congeniality Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 2012 & Top 16 Miss Teen USA 2012[2]
2015 Madison Guthrie Hoover 20 Top 11
2014 Jesica Ahlberg Birmingham 23 Top 20
2013 Mary-Margaret McCord Gadsden 23 1st Runner-Up Previously 3rd Runner-Up at Miss Alabama USA 2011 & 1st Runner-Up at Miss Alabama USA 2012
2012 Katherine Webb[3] Phenix City 23 Top 10
2011 Madeline Mitchell[4] Russellville 22 2nd Runner-Up Later Mrs. America 2015
2010 Audrey Moore Hoover 20 Top 10 Miss Photogenic
2009 Rachel Philippona Dothan 19
2008 Keisha Walding Dothan 24
2007 Rebecca Moore Vestavia Hills 19 Miss Photogenic Previously 1st Runner-Up at Miss Alabama Teen USA 2006
2006 Haleigh Regan Stidham Birmingham 23 Top 10
2005 Jessica Tinney Birmingham 21 Previously 1st Runner-Up at Miss Alabama Teen USA 2002
2004 Tara Darby Birmingham 22 Top 10
2003 Michelle Arnette Dothan 25 1st Runner-Up
2002 Tara Tucker Birmingham 23 Top 12 Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1997
2001 Laura Hoffman Birmingham 20
2000 Jina Mitchell Trussville 22 2nd Runner-Up
1999 Doree Walker Gardendale
1998 Paige Brooks Mobile
1997 Autumn Smith Chelsea 22 Top 10, finished 8th at Miss USA 1997 Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1993
1996 Benita Brooks Huntsville 25
1995 Anna Mingus Enterprise Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1988, 4th runner up at Miss Teen USA 1988
1994 Malaea Nelms Florence
1993 Toni Johnson Mobile 22 First African-American Miss Alabama USA
1992 Candace Michelle Brown Auburn 1st runner-up
1991 Candy Carley Mobile Top 11, finishing in 8th place Had her crown and clothes bought in preparation for the Miss USA pageant stolen from her car prior to the national pageant.[5]
1990 Natalie Moore Hoover
1989 Sheri Mooney Pelham
1988 Rhonda Mooney Pelham
1987 Rhonda Garrett Birmingham Former director of the Miss Alabama USA, Miss Alabama Teen USA, Miss Arkansas USA, Miss Arkansas Teen USA, Miss Mississippi USA, and Miss Mississippi Teen USA pageants under her married name, Rhonda Garrett-Gilliam
1986 Heather Howard Huntsville
1985 Allison Sawyer Birmingham
1984 Kelly Flowers Hueytown
1983 Terri Lane Birmingham
1982 Lisa Wheeler Birmingham Miss Teen All American 1980
1981 JoAnne Henderson Tuscaloosa Top 12, finishing in 6th place semifinalist in Miss World USA 1980
1980 Pamela Helean Rigas Troy/Canfield,Ohio 3rd runner-up Later Miss Ohio 1983, 4th runner up at Miss America 1984, Ohio's Junior Miss 1978
1979 Rose Burch Mobile
1978 Eva Stancil Gadsden Stancil was arrested in 1977 for possessing cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute.[6] She was fired as head of the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad in 1978 for failing to disclose this information.[7]
1977 Cheryl Burgess Anniston
1976 Kyle Ellis Decatur
1975 Pamela Flowers Headland 1st runner-up Miss Photogenic
1974 Iva Wyna Lavis Birmingham
1973 Diane Fouilhe Enterprise
1972 Elaine Barnhill Robertsdale
1971 Renee Smith Mobile
1970 Kathy Bryant Bay Minette
1969 Hitsy Parnell Thomasville Top 15
1968 Claudia Robinson Mobile Top 15
1967 Sylvia Hitchcock Tuscaloosa/Miami,Fla. 21 Miss USA 1967 Miss Universe 1967
1966 Susan Scott Clanton
1965 Leigh Stanford Montgomery Top 15
1964 Pamela Jean Borgfeldt Anniston Top 15
1963 Dinah Irene Armstrong Montgomery Top 15
1962 Jerolyn Ridgeway Ft. Payne 1st runner-up in the 1961 Miss Sun Fun USA Pageant
1961 Suellen Robinson Fairfax 4th Runner-up
1960 Margaret Gordon Homewood 2nd runner-up
1959 Pat Sullivan Birmingham Top 15 Competed in the 1960 Miss Dixie Pageant
1958 Judith Lucille Carlson Birmingham 2nd runner-up
19532 Doris Edwards Birmingham 2nd runner-up
1952 Doris Edwards Gadsden
1 Age at the time of the Miss Alabama USA pageant
2 No titleholder was elected 1954-1957


  1. ^ Sutton, Amber (November 7, 2015). "Peyton Brown, of Eufaula, crowned Miss Alabama USA 2016". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications). Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Alabama - Peyton Brown". Miss Teen USA. 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Schwab, Frank (December 27, 2012). "Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron is apparently dating Miss Alabama, an Auburn alum". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Milligan, Cheryl (November 30, 2010). "Miss Alabama Prevails After Tragic Crash". TimesDaily (Florence, AL). 
  5. ^ Greer, Richard (December 23, 1990). "Miss Alabama USA loses crown - and her clothes". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA). p. B03. 
  6. ^ "Saints quell Angel cheers". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). United Press International. October 7, 1978. p. P53. 
  7. ^ "ROUNDUP Theismann signs deal with 'Skins". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). April 15, 1982. p. S6. 

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