Miss Alabama USA
The Miss Alabama USA, previously known as Miss Alabama Universe, is the beauty pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alabama in the Miss USA pageant and the name of the title held by its winner.
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 four, three placed better in the Miss competition than they did as teens.
The current Miss Alabama USA titleholder is Hannah McMurphy.
Placements in Miss USA
- Miss USA: Sylvia Hitchcock (Miss Universe 1967)
- 1st Runners-Up: Pamela Flowers (1975), Candace Michelle Brown (1992), Michelle Arnette (2003), Mary-Margaret McCord (2013)
- 2nd Runners-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)
- Miss Congeniality: Peyton Brown (2016)
- Miss Photogenic: Pamela Flowers (1975), Rebecca Moore (2007), Audrey Moore (2010)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2018||Hannah Brown||Northport||23||Contestant on season 23 of The Bachelor and star of season 15 of The Bachelorette|
|2016||Peyton Brown||Eufaula||21||Top 5||Miss Congeniality||Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 2012 & Top 16 Miss Teen USA 2012|
|2015||Madison Guthrie||Hoover||20||Top 11|
|2014||Jesica Ahlberg||Birmingham||23||Top 20|
|2013||Mary-Margaret McCord||Gadsden||23||1st Runner-Up|
|2012||Katherine Webb||Phenix City||23||Top 10|
|2011||Madeline Mitchell||Russellville||22||2nd Runner-Up||Later Mrs. America 2015|
|2010||Audrey Moore||Hoover||20||Top 10||Miss Photogenic|
|2007||Rebecca Moore||Vestavia Hills||19||Miss Photogenic|
|2006||Haleigh Stidham||Birmingham||23||Top 10|
|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|
|2000||Jina Mitchell||Trussville||22||2nd Runner-Up|
|1997||Autumn Smith||Chelsea||22||Top 10, finished 8th at Miss USA 1997||Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1993. Daughter of racing driver Stanley Smith.|
|1995||Anna Mingus||Enterprise||Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1988, 4th runner up at Miss Teen USA 1988|
|1993||Toni Johnson||Montgomery||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.|
|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|
|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 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||Married to Ken Stabler from 1984-2009|
|1978||Eva Stancil||Gadsden||Stancil was arrested in 1977 for possessing cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute. She was fired as head of the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad in 1978 for failing to disclose this information.|
|1975||Pamela Flowers||Headland||1st runner-up||Miss Photogenic|
|1974||Iva Wyna Lavis||Birmingham|
|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|
|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|
- 1 Age at the time of the Miss Alabama USA pageant
- 2 No titleholder was elected 1954-1957
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