List of Miss America titleholders

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Margaret Gorman, the first Miss America Pageant winner in 1921

Miss America is an annual competition open to women from the United States between the ages of 17 and 24. Originating in 1921 as a beauty pageant, the competition now judges competitors' talent performances and interviews in addition to their physical appearance.


Year Crowned Winner State/District City Age [1] Awards Talent Notes
1921 Sept. 8, 1921 Gorman, MargaretMargaret Gorman Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Washington 16 Inter-City Beauty, Amateur Actually crowned "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America"; was not titled "Miss America" in 1922, when she returned to defend her title
1922 Sept. 7, 1922 Campbell, MaryMary Campbell Ohio Ohio Columbus 16 Only person to win twice; also was 1st Runner-up at 1924 pageant
1923 Sept. 7, 1923 17
1924 Sept. 6, 1924 Malcomson, RuthRuth Malcomson Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Philadelphia 18
1925 Sept. 11, 1925 Lanphier, FayFay Lanphier California California Oakland 19
1926 Sept. 10, 1926 Smallwood, NormaNorma Smallwood Oklahoma Oklahoma Tulsa 18 Bather's Revue Winner,
Evening Gown Award
1927 Sept. 9, 1927 Delander, LoisLois Delander Illinois Illinois Joliet 17
No pageants were held
1933 Sept. 9, 1933 Bergeron, MarianMarian Bergeron Connecticut Connecticut West Haven 15 Prior to the organization's change in age requirements, she became the youngest winner in history at the age of 15½. She held title for two years, since no competition was held in 1934. To date, she is the only representative from a New England state to win.
No pageant was held
1935 Sept. 7, 1935 Leaver, HenriettaHenrietta Leaver Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pittsburgh 17 Vocal / Tap dance
"Living In a Great Big Way"
1936 Sept. 12, 1936 Coyle, RoseRose Coyle Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Philadelphia 22 Preliminary Talent Vocal / tap dance
"I Can't Escape From You" & "Truckin'"
1937 Sept. 11, 1937 Cooper, BetteBette Cooper New Jersey New Jersey Bertrand Island 17 Evening Gown Award Vocal
"When the Poppies Bloom Again"
1938 Sept. 10, 1938 Meseke, MarilynMarilyn Meseke Ohio Ohio Marion 21 Tap dance
"The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise"
Held the title of Miss Ohio twice (1931 & 1938); was 14 when she won the title Miss Ohio 1931 (no Miss America competition in 1931)
1939 Sept. 9, 1939 Donnelly, PatriciaPatricia Donnelly Michigan Michigan Detroit 19 Vocal / Bass Fiddle
"To You" & "Ol' Man Mose"
1940 Sept. 7, 1940 Burke, Frances MarieFrances Marie Burke Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Philadelphia 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal / dance
"I Can't Love You Anymore"
1941 Sept. 6, 1941 LaPlanche, RosemaryRosemary LaPlanche California California Los Angeles 18 Preliminary Swimsuit Dance Placed 1st runner-up at Miss America 1940 (Pageant now no longer allows contestants to compete for Miss America more than once)
1942 Sept. 12, 1942 Dennison, Jo-CarrollJo-Carroll Dennison Texas Texas Tyler 18 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Vocal / dance
"Deep in the Heart of Texas"
1943 Sept. 11, 1943 Bartel, JeanJean Bartel California California Los Angeles 19 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
"Night and Day"
1944 Sept. 9, 1944 Ramey, VenusVenus Ramey Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Washington 19 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Vocal / dance
"Take It Easy"
1945 Sept. 8, 1945 Myerson, BessBess Myerson New York (state) New York New York City 21 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Piano & flute
"Piano Concerto In A Minor" by Edvard Grieg & "Summertime"
First Jewish-American Miss America
First Miss New York crowned
1946 Sept. 7, 1946 Buferd, MarilynMarilyn Buferd California California Los Angeles 21 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent (tie)
Dramatic monologue
Accent on Youth
1947 Sept. 6, 1947 Walker, Barbara JoBarbara Jo Walker Tennessee Tennessee Memphis 21 Preliminary Talent Art display & vocal medley
"One Kiss" & "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly
1948 Sept. 11, 1948 Shopp, BeBeBeBe Shopp Minnesota Minnesota Hopkins 18 Preliminary Swimsuit Vibraharp
"Caprice Viennois" by Fritz Kreisler
1949 Sept. 10, 1949 Mercer, JacqueJacque Mercer Arizona Arizona Litchfield Park 18 Preliminary Swimsuit (tie),
Preliminary Talent
Dramatic reading
Romeo and Juliet
[nb 1]
Sept. 9, 1950 Betbeze, YolandeYolande Betbeze Alabama Alabama Mobile 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Classical vocal
"Caro Nome" from Rigoletto
She is the reason for the creation of Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants[citation needed]
1952 Sept. 8, 1951 Hutchins, Colleen KayColleen Kay Hutchins Utah Utah Salt Lake City 25 Preliminary Talent Dramatic monologue
"Elizabeth the Queen" by Maxwell Anderson
1953 Sept. 6, 1952 Langley, Neva JaneNeva Jane Langley Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Macon 19 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Classical piano
1954 Sept. 12, 1953 Ay, Evelyn MargaretEvelyn Margaret Ay Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Ephrata 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Poetry recitation
"Footsteps" from Leaves from a Grass-House by Don Blanding
Last winner crowned before pageant is presented on television
1955 Sept. 11, 1954 Meriwether, LeeLee Meriwether California California San Francisco 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Dramatic monologue
Riders to the Sea
Became an actress (Batman)
1956 Sept. 10, 1955 Ritchie, SharonSharon Ritchie Colorado Colorado Denver 18 Recitation
"The Murder of Lidice" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
1957 Sept. 8, 1956 McKnight, MarianMarian McKnight South Carolina South Carolina Manning 19 Comedy sketch
"The Monroe Doctrine"
1958 Sept. 7, 1957 Van Derbur, MarilynMarilyn Van Derbur Colorado Colorado Denver 20 Organ
"Tea for Two" & "Tenderly"
1959 Sept. 6, 1958 Mobley, Mary AnnMary Ann Mobley Mississippi Mississippi Brandon 21 Preliminary Talent Vocal medley & dance
"Un Bel Di" & "There'll Be Some Changes Made"
Became an actress (Diff'rent Strokes) and TV hostess
1960 Sept. 12, 1959 Mead, Lynda LeeLynda Lee Mead Natchez 20 Original dramatic act
1961 Sept. 10, 1960 Fleming, NancyNancy Fleming Michigan Michigan Montague 18 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent (tie)
Presentation of dress design
1962 Sept. 9, 1961 Fletcher, MariaMaria Fletcher North Carolina North Carolina Asheville 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Tap dance to her vocal recording
"Somebody Loves Me"
First Miss North Carolina crowned
1963 Sept. 8, 1962 Mayer, JacquelynJacquelyn Mayer Ohio Ohio Sandusky 20 Broadway Vignette
"Wishing Upon a Star," "My Favorite Things" & The White Cliffs of Dover
1964 Sept. 7, 1963 Axum, DonnaDonna Axum Arkansas Arkansas El Dorado 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal medley
"Quando me'n vo'" & "I Love Paris"
1965 Sept. 12, 1964 Van Dyke, Vonda KayVonda Kay Van Dyke Arizona Arizona Phoenix 21 Miss Congeniality Ventriloquism & singing
"Together (Wherever We Go)"
Only Miss Congeniality award winner to be also crowned Miss America
1966 Sept. 11, 1965 Bryant, Deborah IreneDeborah Irene Bryant Kansas Kansas Overland Park 19 Preliminary Swimsuit Dramatic interpretation
"The Miserable Miserliness of Midas Moneybags"
1967 Sept. 10, 1966 Jayroe, Jane AnneJane Anne Jayroe Oklahoma Oklahoma Laverne 19 Preliminary Talent Vocal / orchestra conducting
1968 Sept. 9, 1967 Barnes, Debra DeneDebra Dene Barnes Kansas Kansas Moran 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Piano solo
"Born Free"
1969 Sept. 7, 1968 Ford, Judith AnneJudith Anne Ford Illinois Illinois Belvidere 18 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Acrobatic dance & trampoline
"The Blue Danube"
1970 Sept. 6, 1969 Eldred, Pamela AnnePamela Anne Eldred Michigan Michigan West Bloomfield 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Ballet
"Love Theme" from Romeo & Juliet
1971 Sept. 12, 1970 George, Phyllis AnnPhyllis Ann George Texas Texas Denton 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Piano medley
Promises, Promises & "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
Became presenter of The NFL Today and First Lady of Kentucky
1972 Sept. 11, 1971 Schaefer, Laurie LeaLaurie Lea Schaefer Ohio Ohio Bexley 22 Preliminary Swimsuit Semi-classical vocal
"And This Is My Beloved"
1973 Sept. 9, 1972 Meeuwsen, Terry AnneTerry Anne Meeuwsen Wisconsin Wisconsin De Pere 23 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
"He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat!
Co-host of The 700 Club
1974 Sept. 8, 1973 King, Rebecca AnnRebecca Ann King Colorado Colorado Denver 23 Vocal
"If I Ruled the World"
1975 Sept. 7, 1974 Cothran, ShirleyShirley Cothran Texas Texas Fort Worth 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Flute medley
"Bumble Boogie" & "Swingin' Shepherd Blues"
1976 Sept. 6, 1975 Godin, Tawny ElaineTawny Elaine Godin New York (state) New York Yonkers 18 Original piano composition
"Images in Pastels"
1977 Sept. 11, 1976 Benham, Dorothy KathleenDorothy Kathleen Benham Minnesota Minnesota Edina 20 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Classical vocal
"Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus
1978 Sept. 10, 1977 Perkins, SusanSusan Perkins Ohio Ohio Columbus 23 Preliminary Talent Vocal
"Good Morning Heartache"
1979 Sept. 9, 1978 Barker, KyleneKylene Barker Virginia Virginia Galax 22 Gymnastics routine
"Gonna Fly Now" & "Feels So Good"
1980 Sept. 8, 1979 Prewitt, CherylCheryl Prewitt Mississippi Mississippi Ackerman 22 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal / Piano
"Don't Cry Out Loud"
1981 Sept. 6, 1980 Powell, Susan CarolSusan Carol Powell Oklahoma Oklahoma Elk City 21 Preliminary Talent (tie) Classical vocal
"The Telephone Aria"
1982 Sept. 12, 1981 Ward, Grace ElizabethGrace Elizabeth Ward Arkansas Arkansas Cabot 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal
"After You've Gone"
1983 Sept. 18, 1982 Maffett, DebraDebra Maffett California California Anaheim 25 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Popular vocal
"Come In From the Rain"
Competed for Miss Texas title several times prior to competing and winning Miss California on her first attempt
1984 Sept. 17, 1983 Williams, Vanessa LynnVanessa Lynn Williams New York (state) New York Millwood 20 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Popular vocal
"Happy Days Are Here Again"
First African American Miss America

Resigned on July 23, 1984 due to backlash from nude photos unauthorized to be published in Penthouse magazine
July 23, 1984 Charles, SuzetteSuzette Charles New Jersey New Jersey Mays Landing 21 Preliminary Talent Popular vocal
"Kiss Me In the Rain"
Seven-week reign - the shortest served by any Miss America
1985 Sept. 8, 1984 Wells, SharleneSharlene Wells Utah Utah Salt Lake City 20 Preliminary Swimsuit Spanish vocal & Paraguyan harp
"Mis Noches Sin Ti"
The first foreign-born, bilingual Miss America, having been born in Asunción, Paraguay[2]
1986 Sept. 14, 1985 Akin, SusanSusan Akin Mississippi Mississippi Meridian 21 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal
"You're My World"
1987 Sept. 13, 1986 Cash, KellyeKellye Cash Tennessee Tennessee Memphis 21 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Piano / Vocal
"I'll Be Home"
Grandniece of singer, Johnny Cash
1988 Sept. 19, 1987 Rafko, Kaye Lani RaeKaye Lani Rae Rafko Michigan Michigan Monroe 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Hawaiian-Tahitian dance President of Gabby's Ladder, a bereavement program for children and their families
1989 Sept. 10, 1988 Carlson, GretchenGretchen Carlson Minnesota Minnesota Anoka 22 Preliminary Talent Classical violin
Former news anchor of Fox & Friends
1990 Sept. 16, 1989 Turner, DebbyeDebbye Turner Missouri Missouri Mexico 23 Preliminary Swimsuit Marimba medley
"Flight of the Bumblebee," "Csárdás" & "Can-Can"
Medical Reporter and Anchor for CBS's The Early Show
First Miss Missouri crowned
1991 Sept. 8, 1990 Vincent, MarjorieMarjorie Vincent Illinois Illinois Oak Park 25 Preliminary Talent Classical piano
First Miss America winner of Haitian descent
1992 Sept. 14, 1991 Sapp, Carolyn SuzanneCarolyn Suzanne Sapp Hawaii Hawaii Kona 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal
"Ain't Misbehavin'"
1993 Sept. 19, 1992 Cornett, LeanzaLeanza Cornett Florida Florida Jacksonville 21 Vocal
"A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde
Married (and separated from) Mark Steines[3]
1994 Sept. 18, 1993 Aiken, Kimberly ClariceKimberly Clarice Aiken South Carolina South Carolina Columbia 18 Vocal
1995 Sept. 17, 1994 Whitestone, HeatherHeather Whitestone Alabama Alabama Birmingham 21 Preliminary Swimsuit,
Preliminary Talent
Ballet en Pointe
"Via Dolorosa"
First deaf Miss America
1996 Sept. 16, 1995 Smith, ShawntelShawntel Smith Oklahoma Oklahoma Muldrow 24 Vocal
"The Woman in the Moon" from A Star Is Born
Executive vice president of administration of PBH Holdings.
1997 Sept. 14, 1996 Holland, Tara DawnTara Dawn Holland Kansas Kansas Overland Park 23 Preliminary Swimsuit Classical vocal
"Où Va la Jeune Hindoue" from Lakmé
Video of her crowning was shown at beginning of 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine
1998 Sept. 13, 1997 Shindle, KatherineKatherine Shindle Illinois Illinois Evanston 20 Preliminary Talent Vocal
"Don't Rain on My Parade"
Performed in Legally Blonde on Broadway
President of the Actors' Equity Association
1999 Sept. 19, 1998 Johnson, NicoleNicole Johnson Virginia Virginia Roanoke 24 Vocal
"That's Life"
Diabetes awareness advocate
2000 Sept. 18, 1999 French, Heather ReneeHeather Renee French Kentucky Kentucky Maysville 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Vocal
"As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard
First Miss Kentucky crowned
2001 Oct. 14, 2000 Baraquio, Angela PerezAngela Perez Baraquio Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu 24 Preliminary Swimsuit Hula
"Theme" from Mutiny on the Bounty
First Filipino American and Asian American Miss America
2002 Sept. 22, 2001 Harman, KatieKatie Harman Oregon Oregon Gresham 21 Preliminary Talent Classical vocal
"O mio babbino caro"
First Miss Oregon crowned
2003 Sept. 21, 2002 Harold, ErikaErika Harold Illinois Illinois Urbana 22 Classical vocal
2004 Sept. 20, 2003 Dunlap, ErickaEricka Dunlap Florida Florida Orlando 21 Vocal
"If I Could"
Finished in third place on The Amazing Race 15 with her then-husband, Brian Kleinschmidt
2005 Sept. 18, 2004 Downs, DeidreDeidre Downs Alabama Alabama Birmingham 24 Vocal
"I'm Afraid This Must Be Love"
Won Miss Alabama on her fifth try
2006 Jan. 21, 2006 Berry, JenniferJennifer Berry Oklahoma Oklahoma Tulsa 22 Preliminary Talent Ballet en Pointe
Won Miss Oklahoma on her fifth try
2007 Jan. 29, 2007 Nelson, LaurenLauren Nelson Lawton 20 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Vocal
"You'll Be in My Heart"
2008 Jan. 26, 2008 Haglund, KirstenKirsten Haglund Michigan Michigan Farmington Hills 19 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Vocal
"Over the Rainbow"
Grandmother competed at Miss America as Miss Detroit
2009 Jan. 24, 2009 Stam, KatieKatie Stam Indiana Indiana Seymour 22 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Vocal
"Via Dolorosa"
First Miss Indiana crowned
2010 Jan. 30, 2010 Cameron, CaressaCaressa Cameron Virginia Virginia Fredericksburg 22 Preliminary Talent Vocal
"Listen" from Dreamgirls
2011 Jan. 15, 2011 Scanlan, TeresaTeresa Scanlan Nebraska Nebraska Gering 17 Preliminary Talent Piano
"White Water Chopped Sticks" by Calvin Jones
Youngest Miss America winner since 1933
First Miss Nebraska crowned
2012 Jan. 14, 2012 Kaeppeler, LauraLaura Kaeppeler Wisconsin Wisconsin Kenosha 23 Preliminary Talent Operatic vocal
"Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi
2013 Jan. 12, 2013 Hagan, MalloryMallory Hagan New York (state) New York Brooklyn 24 Tap dance
"Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown
2014 Sept. 15, 2013 Davuluri, NinaNina Davuluri Fayetteville 24 Bollywood Fusion dance
"Dhoom Tana" from the film Om Shanti Om
First Indian American winner
First to perform a Bollywood dance at Miss America pageant
2015 Sept. 14, 2014 Kazantsev, KiraKira Kazantsev Manhattan 23 Vocal with plastic cup percussion
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams
2016 Sept. 13, 2015 Cantrell, BettyBetty Cantrell Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Warner Robins 21 Preliminary Talent Classical vocal
"Tu? Tu? Piccolo Iddio!" from Madama Butterfly
2017 Sept. 11, 2016 Savvy Shields Arkansas Arkansas Fayetteville 21 Preliminary Talent Jazz dance, "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from the NBC show Smash
2018 Sept. 10, 2017 Cara Mund North Dakota North Dakota Bismarck 23 Jazz Dance, “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson First Miss North Dakota crowned

Winners by state[edit]

State Number of
Titles Won
Year(s) Won
Miss New York 6 1945, 1976, 1984,8 2013, 2014, 2015
Miss Oklahoma 19262, 1967, 1981, 1996, 2006, 2007
Miss California 1925, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1955, 1983
Miss Ohio 19221, 19231, 1938, 1963, 1972, 1978
Miss Michigan 5 1939, 1961, 1970, 1988, 2008
Miss Illinois 1927, 1969, 1991, 1998, 2003
Miss Pennsylvania 19243, 19354, 19363, 19403, 1954
Miss Mississippi 4 1959, 1960, 1980, 1986
Miss Arkansas 3 1964, 1982, 2017
Miss Virginia 1979, 1999, 2010
Miss Alabama 1951, 1995, 2005
Miss Kansas 1966, 1968, 1997
Miss Minnesota 1948, 1977, 1989
Miss New Jersey 19325, 19376, 1984
Miss Texas 1942, 1971, 1975
Miss Colorado 1956, 1958, 1974
Miss Georgia 2 1953, 2016
Miss Wisconsin 1973, 2012
Miss Florida 1993, 2004
Miss Hawaii 1992, 2001
Miss South Carolina 1957, 1994
Miss Tennessee 19477, 1987
Miss Utah 1952, 1985
Miss Arizona 1949, 1965
Miss District of Columbia 1921, 1944
Miss North Dakota 1 2018
Miss Nebraska 2011
Miss Indiana 2009
Miss Oregon 2002
Miss Kentucky 2000
Miss Missouri 1990
Miss North Carolina 1962
Miss Connecticut 1933

1 Competed as Miss Columbus, Ohio
2 Competed as Miss Tulsa, Oklahoma
3 Competed as Miss Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4 Competed as Miss Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 Competed as Miss Greater Camden, New Jersey
6 Competed as Miss Bertrand Island, New Jersey
7 Competed as Miss Memphis, Tennessee
8 The initial 1984 winner was forced to resign and give her title seven weeks prior to the end of her reign

There have been no Miss America winners from the following eighteen states and two U.S. territories:


  1. ^ No "Miss America 1950" was officially crowned. Since majority of titleholder's reign occurs during year following coronation, the organization began referring to titleholder using upcoming year.


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