Miss Teen USA

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Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA.jpg
MottoConfidently Beautiful
FormationAugust 30, 1983; 36 years ago (1983-08-30)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersNew York City
Official language
Paula Shugart
Parent organization
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. Unlike its sister pageants Miss Universe and Miss USA, which are broadcast on Fox, this pageant is webcast on the Miss Teen USA website and simulcast on mobile devices and video game consoles.

The pageant was first held in 1983 and has been broadcast live on CBS until 2002 and then on NBC from 2003–2007. In March 2007, it was announced that the broadcast of the Miss Teen USA pageant on NBC had not been renewed, and that Miss Teen USA 2007 would be the final televised event.[1]

From 2008–15, the pageant was held at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, located in Nassau, Bahamas.

Notable pageant winners include actresses Kelly Hu (1985, Hawaii), Bridgette Wilson (1990, Oregon), Charlotte Lopez-Ayanna (1993, Vermont), Vanessa Minnillo (1998, South Carolina) and Shelley Hennig (2004, Louisiana).

The current titleholder is Kaliegh Garris of Connecticut who was crowned on April 28, 2019 at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.


The following is a list of pageant editions and information.

Year Date Edition Venue Entrants
1983 August 30 1st Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida 51
1984 April 3 2nd Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee 51
1985 January 22 3rd James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida 51
1986 January 21 4th Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida 51
1987 July 21 5th El Paso Civic Center, El Paso, Texas 51
1988 July 25 6th Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, California 51
1989 July 25 7th Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, California 51
1990 July 16 8th Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi 51
1991 August 19 9th 51
1992 August 25 10th 50
1993 August 10 11th 51
1994 August 16 12th 51
1995 August 15 13th Century II Convention Center, Kansas 51
1996 August 21 14th Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico 51
1997 August 20 15th South Padre Island Convention Centre, South Padre Island, Texas 51
1998 August 17 16th Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana 51
1999 August 24 17th 51
2000 August 26 18th 51
2001 August 22 19th South Padre Island Convention Centre, South Padre Island, Texas 51
2002 August 28 20th 51
2003 August 12 21st Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California 51
2004 August 6 22nd 51
2005 August 8 23rd Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 51
2006 August 15 24th Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California 51
2007 August 24 25th Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California 51
2008 August 16 26th Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas 51
2009 July 31 27th Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas 51
2010 July 24 28th 51
2011 July 16 29th Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas 51
2012 July 28 30th 51
2013 August 10 31st 51
2014 August 2 32nd 51
2015 August 22 33rd 51
2016 July 30 34th Venetian Theatre, The Venetian Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 51
2017 July 29 35th Phoenix Symphony Hall, Phoenix, Arizona 51
2018 May 18 36th Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana 51
2019 April 28 37th Grand Sierra Resort's Grand Theatre, Reno, Nevada 51

Competition rounds[edit]

Prior to the final telecast the delegates compete in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown.

During the final competition, the semi-finalists are announced and go on to compete in swimsuit and evening gown. From 1983 to 2002 all semi-finalists also competed in an interview competition as well as both swimsuit and evening gown, followed by one or two final interview questions. In 2003, a new format was introduced where the top fifteen competed in evening gown, the top ten competed in swimsuit and the top five competed in the final question. In 2006, the order of competition was changed where the top fifteen competed in swimsuit and the top ten in evening gown. The latest competition format was used since 2008 the final not broadcast on TV, where the top fifteen both competed in swimsuit and evening gown, and the top five competed in the final question who all signed up by a panel of judges.

Former Miss Teen USA Katherine Haik supported calls to eliminate the swimsuit competition.[2] The swimsuit category was chastised for exploiting and sexualizing young women and not promoting diverse body types. The new active-wear portion will increase the focus on wellness and health of young ladies.[2]


This is a list of delegates who have won the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant.

Year Miss Teen USA State Represented Hometown Age Notes
1983 Ruth Zakarian New York (state) New York Amsterdam 17 She competed as Miss Teen USA in the Miss USA pageant in 1984 alongside Cherise Haugen of Illinois who had held the Miss Teen USA title that year. (a short-lived tradition gave Miss Teen USA's in the early 1980s this opportunity). She was unplaced.
1984 Cherise Haugen Illinois Illinois Sleepy Hollow 17 She competed as Miss Teen USA in the Miss USA pageant in 1984 alongside Ruth Zakarian of New York who had also previously held the Miss Teen USA title, in 1983. (a short-lived tradition gave Miss Teen USA's in the early 1980s this opportunity). She was unplaced.
1985 Kelly Ann Hu Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu 16 First Asian American (and as well as the first multiracial) to win the Miss Teen USA title. Later Miss Hawaii USA 1993 and top 6 at Miss USA 1993 Actress has starred in moves such as Cassandra in The Scorpion King and Lady Deathstrike in X2: X-Men United
1986 Allison Elaine Brown Oklahoma Oklahoma Edmond 17 She competed as Miss Teen USA in the Miss USA pageant in 1987 (a short-lived tradition gave Miss Teen USA's in the early 1980s this opportunity). She was unplaced.
1987 Kristi Lynn Addis Mississippi Mississippi Holcomb 16
1988 Mindy Duncan Oregon Oregon Newberg 16
1989 Brandi Dawn Sherwood Idaho Idaho Idaho Falls 18 Later Miss Idaho USA 1997 and 1st runner-up at Miss USA 1997, assumed the Miss USA title after Brook Lee won Miss Universe
1990 Bridgette Leann Wilson Oregon Oregon Gold Beach 16 Actress; recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1998; married to tennis player Pete Sampras
1991 Janel Bishop New Hampshire New Hampshire Manchester 17
1992 Jamie Solinger Iowa Iowa Altoona 17 Later Miss Iowa USA 1998
1993 Charlotte Lopez Vermont Vermont Dorset 16 First Hispanic American to win the Miss USA title
1994 Shauna Gambill California California Acton 17 Later Miss California USA 1998, 1st runner-up at Miss USA 1998 and top 10 at Miss World 1998
1995 Keylee Sue Sanders Kansas Kansas Louisburg 18 She was co-director of the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants from 2006 to 2007 along with Keith Lewis of K2 Productions
1996 Christie Lee Woods Texas Texas Huntsville 18 Two-time The Amazing Race contestant
1997 Shelly Moore Tennessee Tennessee Knoxville 18
1998 Vanessa Joy Minnillo South Carolina South Carolina Charleston 17 Born in the Philippines. Actress and presenter is known for hosting Total Request Live on MTV from 2003–2007 as well as her past reporting as a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight; married to singer-actor and TV personality Nick Lachey
1999 Ashley Coleman Delaware Delaware Camden 17 First African American to win the Miss Teen USA title, appeared briefly on The Price Is Right as a Barkers Beauty
2000 Jillian Parry Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Newtown 18
2001 Marissa Whitley Missouri Missouri Springfield 18
2002 Vanessa Marie Semrow Wisconsin Wisconsin Rhinelander 17
2003 Tami Nichole Farrell Oregon Oregon Phoenix 18 Later 1st runner-up at Miss California USA, assumed the title after Carrie Prejean was dethroned due to Miss USA 2009 same-sex marriage controversy
2004 Shelley Catherine Hennig Louisiana Louisiana Destrehan 17 One of the most successful Miss Teen USA winners as she became an actress, model and dancer. Notable appearance roles on Days of Our Lives as Stephanie Johnson (being nominated for an Daytime Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2012), The Secret Circle as Diana Meade and Teen Wolf as Malia Tate (winning an Teen Choice Awards in 2016). Also appeared in films like Ouija, Unfriended and Summer of 8.
2005 Alexandra "Allie" Leigh LaForce Ohio Ohio Vermilion 16 Correspondent on the show Game Changers. Won an Emmy in 2011 for the show Friday Night Touchdown
2006 Katherine "Katie" Amanda Blair Montana Montana Billings 18 Later 1st runner-up at Miss California USA 2011, assumed the title after Alyssa Campanella crowned Miss USA 2011
2007 Hilary Carol Cruz Colorado Colorado Louisville 18
2008 Stevi Lauren Perry Arkansas Arkansas Hamburg 18
2009 Stormi Bree Henley Tennessee Tennessee Crossville 18
2010 Kameran "Kamie" Crawford Maryland Maryland Potomac 17
2011 Danielle Doty Texas Texas Harlingen 18
2012 Logan West Connecticut Connecticut Southington 18 Previously Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2010. First former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state titleholder to win the Miss Teen USA title.
2013 Cassidy Marie Wolf California California Temecula 19 The oldest Miss Teen USA ever to win the title
2014 Katherine (K.) Lee Graham South Carolina South Carolina Chapin 17
2015 Katherine Olivia Haik Louisiana Louisiana Franklinton 15 The youngest Miss Teen USA ever to win the title at the age of 15
2016 Karlie Denise Hay Texas Texas Tomball 18
2017 Sophia Julieta Dominguez-Heithoff Missouri Missouri Kansas City 17
2018 Hailey Colborn Kansas Kansas Wichita 17
2019 Kaliegh Garris Connecticut Connecticut New Haven 18

Winners gallery[edit]

By number of wins[edit]

State Number Years
Texas Texas 3 1996, 2011, 2016
Oregon Oregon 1988, 1990, 2003
Connecticut Connecticut 2 2012, 2019
Kansas Kansas 1995, 2018
Missouri Missouri 2001, 2017
Louisiana Louisiana 2004, 2015
South Carolina South Carolina 1998, 2014
California California 1994, 2013
Tennessee Tennessee 1997, 2009
Maryland Maryland 1 2010
Arkansas Arkansas 2008
Colorado Colorado 2007
Montana Montana 2006
Ohio Ohio 2005
Wisconsin Wisconsin 2002
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 2000
Delaware Delaware 1999
Vermont Vermont 1993
Iowa Iowa 1992
New Hampshire New Hampshire 1991
Idaho Idaho 1989
Mississippi Mississippi 1987
Oklahoma Oklahoma 1986
Hawaii Hawaii 1985
Illinois Illinois 1984
New York (state) New York 1983

List of states have yet to win the Miss Teen USA title[edit]

List of Miss Teen USA runners-up[edit]

1st runners-up[edit]

1st runner-up
State Represented Hometown Age Note
1983 Tina Marrocco Virginia Virginia McLean 16
1984 Malia Yamamura Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu 16
1985 Emily Ernst Wyoming Wyoming Gillette 17
1986 Becky Pestana Texas Texas San Antonio 17
1987 Peggy Blackwell North Carolina North Carolina Fayetteville 17
1988 Jessica Collins New York (state) New York Amsterdam 17 Actress
1989 Kristie Dawn Hicks Kentucky Kentucky Bardstown 17 Later Miss Kentucky 1995
1990 Marla Johnson Alaska Alaska Anchorage 18
1991 Meredith Young Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Cairo 18 Later Miss Georgia USA 1999
1992 Angela Logan Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma City 18
1993 Kelly Lloyd Indiana Indiana Indianapolis 16 Triple Crown winner, Later Miss Indiana 1999 and Miss Indiana USA 2002, 2nd runner up to Miss USA 2002; 2nd runner-up to National Sweetheart 1998; Previously served as the director of operations for the Miss Indiana USA and Miss Indiana Teen USA pageants
1994 Whitney Fuller Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Sautee Nacoochee 16
1995 Katie Aselton Maine Maine Milbridge 16
1996 Patricia Campbell Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Philadelphia 18 Won 50,000 dollars by winning Fear Factor
1997 Autumn Waterbury Illinois Illinois Marion 18
1998 Bridgett Jordan Tennessee Tennessee Collierville 18 Winner of Miss Oktoberfest 1999, Miss Teen All American 1996
1999 Sarah Thornhill Louisiana Louisiana Slidell 18
2000 Nicole O'Brian Texas Texas Friendswood 17 Later Miss Texas USA 2003, 2nd runner-up at Miss USA 2003, contestant on The Amazing Race 5; Swimsuit Award
2001 Gloria Almonte New York (state) New York Bronx 18 Later Miss New York USA 2007
2002 Jennifer Morgan California California Alpine 17
2003 Alicia Selby Tennessee Tennessee Sparta 17
2004 Sonya Balmores Hawaii Hawaii Kalaheo 18
2005 Catherine Laurion Michigan Michigan West Branch 17
2006 Melissa Lingafelt North Carolina North Carolina Concord 16 Miss Photogenic
2007 Alyssa Campanella New Jersey New Jersey Manalapan 17 Later Miss California USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011, top 16 at Miss Universe 2011
2008 Brittany Pjetraj South Carolina South Carolina Chapin 18
2009 Brooke Fletcher Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Peachtree City 17 Later Miss Georgia USA 2015
2010 Lexi Atkins Illinois Illinois Champaign 18 Later Miss Illinois USA 2014
2011 Audra Mari North Dakota North Dakota Fargo 17
2012 Elizabeth Sabatino West Virginia West Virginia Morgantown 16
2013 Victoria "Tori" Carol Sizemore South Carolina South Carolina Anderson 17
2014 Vaeda Mann Mississippi Mississippi Hattiesburg 16
2015 Melanie Mitchell California California Anaheim 16
2016 Emily Wakeman North Carolina North Carolina Cornelius 19
2017 Vanessa Matheson Oregon Oregon Klamath Falls 18
2018 Kirby Elizabeth Self South Carolina South Carolina Greenwood 17
2019 Caitlyn Vogel North Dakota North Dakota Burlington 18

Winners by state[edit]

State Titles Winning Years
South Carolina South Carolina 3 2008, 2013, 2018
North Carolina North Carolina 1987, 2006, 2016
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 1991, 1994, 2009
North Dakota North Dakota 2 2011, 2019
California California 2002, 2015
Illinois Illinois 1997, 2010
Hawaii Hawaii 1984, 2004
Tennessee Tennessee 1998, 2003
New York (state) New York 1988, 2001
Texas Texas 1986, 2000
Oregon Oregon 1 2017
Mississippi Mississippi 2014
West Virginia West Virginia 2012
New Jersey New Jersey 2007
Michigan Michigan 2005
Louisiana Louisiana 1999
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 1996
Maine Maine 1995
Indiana Indiana 1993
Oklahoma Oklahoma 1992
Alaska Alaska 1990
Kentucky Kentucky 1989
Wyoming Wyoming 1985
Virginia Virginia 1983

2nd runners-up[edit]

2nd runner-up
State Represented Hometown Age Note
1983 Krista Keith Kentucky Kentucky Louisville 16
1984 Molly Diane Brown Tennessee Tennessee Loretto 16 Later Miss Tennessee USA 1987
1985 Dru Homer Washington (state) Washington Selah 17
1986 Claudia Liem New York (state) New York Glendale 15
1987 Bobbie Jean Brown Louisiana Louisiana Baton Rouge 17
1988 Amy Pietsch Louisiana Louisiana Ringgold 18
1989 Kara Quinn Vermont Vermont Rutland 15
1990 Holly Roehl Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Griffin 17 Later Miss Indiana USA 1996
1991 Audra Sherman Missouri Missouri Sikeston 15
1992 Danielle Boatwright Kansas Kansas Tonganoxie 17 Later Miss Kansas USA 1996 and 1st runner-up at Miss USA 1996, sports broadcaster and Survivor: Guatemala winner
1993 Ursula Abbott Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Harrisburg 17
1994 Melissa Hurtig Kansas Kansas Courtland 18
1995 Loni Sorden Utah Utah Virgin 18
1996 Michelle Cardamon California California San Diego 18
1997 Mahana Ka'ahumanu Walters Hawaii Hawaii Pupukea 17
1998 Victoria Franklin Nevada Nevada Las Vegas 14 Later Miss Nevada USA 2004
1999 Khosi Roy Maryland Maryland Silver Spring 17
2000 Kristen Johnson Kentucky Kentucky Slaughters 18
2001 Marianna Zaslavsky Massachusetts Massachusetts Boston 16
2002 Tara Conner Kentucky Kentucky Russell Springs 16
2003 Alicia Jaros Michigan Michigan Riverview 17
2004 Helen Salas Nevada Nevada Las Vegas 18 Assumed Miss Nevada USA 2007 title, 4th runner up at Miss USA 2007
2005 Andrea Turner West Virginia West Virginia Benwood 17
2006 Katie Cooper North Dakota North Dakota Westhope 17
2007 Katie Coble North Carolina North Carolina Matthews 17 Later Miss North Carolina USA 2017
2008 Julia Dalton North Carolina North Carolina Wilmington 17
2009 Chelsea Gilligan California California Beaumont 18
2010 Emma Baker California California Poway 18
2011 Alexis Swanstrom California California San Diego 17
2012 Courtney Pizzimenti Michigan Michigan Oakland Township 17
2013 Haley Holloway West Virginia West Virginia Morgantown 18 Later Miss West Virginia USA 2019
2014 Sydney Robertson Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Williamsport 17
2015 Jane Axhoj North Carolina North Carolina Charlotte 17 Later Miss North Carolina USA 2020
2016 Marley D'Lynn Stokes South Carolina South Carolina Lexington 19
2017 Alexis Smith Nevada Nevada Las Vegas 16
2018 Chloe Dru Zambrano Colorado Colorado Fruita 18
2019 Erica Yvette Bonilla Nevada Nevada North Las Vegas 18

Winners by state[edit]

State Titles Winning Years
Nevada Nevada 4 1998, 2004, 2017, 2019
California California 1996, 2009, 2010, 2011
North Carolina North Carolina 3 2007, 2008, 2015
Kentucky Kentucky 1983, 2000, 2002
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 2 1993, 2014
West Virginia West Virginia 2005, 2013
Michigan Michigan 2003, 2012
Kansas Kansas 1992, 1994
Louisiana Louisiana 1987, 1988
Colorado Colorado 1 2018
South Carolina South Carolina 2016
North Dakota North Dakota 2006
Massachusetts Massachusetts 2001
Maryland Maryland 1999
Hawaii Hawaii 1997
Utah Utah 1995
Missouri Missouri 1991
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 1990
Vermont Vermont 1989
New York (state) New York 1986
Washington (state) Washington 1985
Tennessee Tennessee 1984

3rd runners-up[edit]

3rd runner-up
State Represented Hometown Age Note
1983 Kelly Jerles Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Perry 17 Later Miss Georgia 1987
1984 Dena Woodard Oregon Oregon Eugene 17
1985 Konae Wehle Texas Texas Humble 16
1986 Angela Thigpin Virginia Virginia Fort Smith 15
1987 Raelynn Coffman Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma City 17
1988 Kathleen McClellan Illinois Illinois Bloomington 18 Miss Photogenic
1989 Kristi Wright Texas Texas Del Rio 16
1990–2000: Not awarded
2001 Katherine Perello Texas Texas Lake Jackson 16 Body Glove Swimsuit Award
2002 Michelle Attai Maryland Maryland Severn 18
2003 Jacqueline Bruno Massachusetts Massachusetts Assonet 18 Later Miss Massachusetts USA 2008, top 10 at Miss USA 2008, she finished 10th
2004 Amanda Williams Maryland Maryland Jarrettsville 18
2005 Kelly Cruse Illinois Illinois Marion 17
2006 Samantha Casey Virginia Virginia Jeffersonton 17 Later Miss Virginia USA 2010 and second runner up at Miss USA 2010
2007 Lauren Caitlin Upton South Carolina South Carolina Lexington 18 Contestant on The Amazing Race 16. Gained notoriety following her answer to the final question in the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant, which was criticized as "strange" and "grammarless". Videos of her response were posted to YouTube and have received millions of views.[3]
2008 Lindsey Gayle Evans Louisiana Louisiana Blanchard 18 Dethroned October 21, 2009 due to arrest for theft and drug possession.[4] Posed in Playboy, seen in Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines"
2009 Kasey Staniszewski Maryland Maryland Edgewater 18 Sister of Miss Maryland 2010- Lindsay Staniszewski; previously Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2007 Later Miss Maryland USA 2013 and top 15 at Miss USA 2013
2010 Angelia Layton Utah Utah Manti 18 Contestant of Survivor: Philippines
Later Miss Utah USA 2014
2011 Taylor Clark Kansas Kansas Topeka 17
2012 Jessica Lee Morgan Oklahoma Oklahoma Yukon 17
  • Miss Yukon Teen USA
  • Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 2012
2013 Julia Martin Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Marietta 18
2014 Bianca Vierra California California Hayward 19 Later 1st runner-up at Miss California USA 2018
2015 Hannah Faith Greene Tennessee Tennessee Chattanooga 17 4th runner up at Miss Tennessee's Outstanding Teen 2014
2016 Erin Snow Alabama Alabama Gadsden 18
2017 Paige Robinson Indiana Indiana Indianapolis 19
2018 Sydni-Dion Bennett Illinois Illinois Algonquin 16 First African American Miss Illinois Teen USA
2019 Kaylee Brooke McCollum Mississippi Mississippi Amory 18

Winners by state[edit]

State Titles Winning Years
Illinois Illinois 3 1988, 2005, 2018
Maryland Maryland 2002, 2004, 2009
Texas Texas 1985, 1989, 2001
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 2 1983, 2013
Oklahoma Oklahoma 1987, 2012
Virginia Virginia 1986, 2006
Mississippi Mississippi 1 2019
Indiana Indiana 2017
Alabama Alabama 2016
Tennessee Tennessee 2015
California California 2014
Kansas Kansas 2011
Utah Utah 2010
Louisiana Louisiana 2008
South Carolina South Carolina 2007
Massachusetts Massachusetts 2003
Oregon Oregon 1984

4th runners-up[edit]

4th runner-up
State Represented Hometown Age Note
1983 Sheri Sholz Texas Texas Lubbock 17
1984 Charlene Molinar Texas Texas El Paso 18
1985 Rhonda Hoglan Missouri Missouri Kansas City 16 Later Miss Missouri USA 1989
1986 Valerie Marsden South Dakota South Dakota Rapid City 17
1987 Dayna Decker North Dakota North Dakota Fargo 17
1988 Anna Mingus Alabama Alabama Enterprise 18
1989 Heidi Jo Langseth North Dakota North Dakota Fargo 17 Miss Congeniality
1990–2000: Not awarded
2001 Jillian Dornbush Indiana Indiana Indianapolis 17 Miss Photogenic
2002 Kimberly Harlan Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Marietta 18 Later U.S. Miss World 2003, competed at Miss World 2003
2003 Jacklyn Pezzotta New Jersey New Jersey Little Egg Harbor 17
2004 Tiffany Stroud Tennessee Tennessee Limestone 16
2005 Stephanie Brink California California Bellflower 18
2006 Brittany Sharp Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Roswell 15 Later Miss Georgia USA 2013
2007 Chelsea Welch West Virginia West Virginia West Union 16 Later Miss West Virginia USA 2013 and Top 15 at Miss USA 2013
2008 Shareece Pfeiffer Idaho Idaho Idaho Falls 18
2009 Brittany Alyson Guidry Louisiana Louisiana Houma 16 Later Miss Louisiana USA 2014 and 3rd runner-up at Miss USA 2014
2010 Haley Brooke Sowers Mississippi Mississippi Collinsville 16 Later Miss Mississippi USA 2016
2011 Sydnee Stottlemyre Missouri Missouri St. Louis 17
2012 Kendall Fein Ohio Ohio Loveland 17
2013 Maggie McGill Minnesota Minnesota Plymouth 18
2014 Valentina Sanchez New Jersey New Jersey Spring Lake Heights 19
2015 Sophie Baird Massachusetts Massachusetts Andover 17
2016 Carissa Morrow Nevada Nevada Henderson 18
2017 Jaanu Patel California California Huntington Beach 16
2018 Kaaviya Sambasivam North Carolina North Carolina Winston-Salem 18
2019 Kalin Burt Alabama Alabama Hoover 18

Winners by state[edit]

State Titles Winning Years
Alabama Alabama 2 1988, 2019
California California 2005, 2017
New Jersey New Jersey 2003, 2014
Missouri Missouri 1985, 2011
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 2002, 2006
North Dakota North Dakota 1987, 1989
Texas Texas 1983, 1984
North Carolina North Carolina 1 2018
Nevada Nevada 2016
Massachusetts Massachusetts 2015
Minnesota Minnesota 2013
Ohio Ohio 2012
Mississippi Mississippi 2010
Louisiana Louisiana 2009
Idaho Idaho 2008
West Virginia West Virginia 2007
Tennessee Tennessee 2004
Indiana Indiana 2001
South Dakota South Dakota 1986

List of successful states in terms of placements at Miss Teen USA[edit]

State Number Most recent placement
Tennessee Tennessee 20 placements Bailey Guy (2019; Top 15)
California California 20 placements Janeice Love (2018; Top 15)
Texas Texas 20 placements Kirby Lindley (2017; Top 15)
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 19 placements Savannah Miles (2018; Top 10)
Oklahoma Oklahoma 18 placements Abigail Billings (2019; Top 15)
Louisiana Louisiana 16 placements Lindsey Conque (2018; Top 10)
New York (state) New York 16 placements Isabella Griffith (2017; Top 15)
South Carolina South Carolina 15 placements Allie Richardson (2019; Top 15)
Missouri Missouri 15 placements Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff (2017; Winner)
Illinois Illinois 14 placements A’Maiya Allen (2019; Top 15)
Maryland Maryland 14 placements Amalia Sanches (2019; Top 15)
Kansas Kansas 13 placements Hannah DeBok (2019; Top 15)
North Carolina North Carolina 13 placements Kaaviya Sambasivam (2018; 4th runner-up)
North Dakota North Dakota 12 placements Caitlyn Vogel (2019; 1st runner-up)
Alabama Alabama 12 placements Kalin Burt (2019; 4th runner-up)
Kentucky Kentucky 11 placements Taylor Hubbard (2010; Top 15)
Virginia Virginia 11 placements Jacqueline Carroll (2010; Top 15)
Massachusetts Massachusetts 10 placements Annie Lu (2019; Top 15)
Indiana Indiana 10 placements Paige Robinson (2017; 3rd runner-up)
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 10 placements Jasmine Daniels (2015; Top 15)
West Virginia West Virginia 10 placements Trinity Tiffany (2018; Top 15)
New Jersey New Jersey 10 placements Valentina Sanchez (2014; 4th runner-up)
Nevada Nevada 9 placements Erica Bonilla (2019; 2nd runners-up)
Michigan Michigan 9 placements Anane Loveday (2018; Top 15)
Hawaii Hawaii 9 placements Samantha Neyland (2013; Top 16)
Mississippi Mississippi 8 placements Kaylee Brooke McCollum (2019; 3rd runner-up)
Arkansas Arkansas 8 placements Maggie Williams (2019; Top 15)
Wyoming Wyoming 8 placements Grace Turner (2019; Top 15)
Florida Florida 8 placements Lou Schieffelin (2018; Top 10)
Arizona Arizona 8 placements Karlina "Karly" Riggs (2017; Top 15)
Washington (state) Washington 8 placements Camilla Cyr (2010; Top 15)
Colorado Colorado 7 placements Chloe Dru Zambrano (2018; 2nd runner-up)
Minnesota Minnesota 7 placements Maggie McGill (2013; 4th runner-up)
Utah Utah 6 placements Madilen Kellogg (2018; Top 10)
Oregon Oregon 6 placements Vanessa Matheson (2017; 1st runner-up)
New Mexico New Mexico 6 placements Jacqueline Cai (2012; Top 16)
Rhode Island Rhode Island 6 placements Talia Turco (2009; Top 15)
Vermont Vermont 5 placements Kelsey Golonka (2017; Top 15)
Ohio Ohio 5 placements Olivia Turk (2016; Top 15)
Connecticut Connecticut 4 placements Kaliegh Garris (2019; Winner)
Iowa Iowa 4 placements Carley Arnold (2017; Top 15)
Delaware Delaware 4 placements Emily Hutchison (2016; Top 15)
Wisconsin Wisconsin 4 placements Katherine "Kate" Patrice Redeker (2013; Top 16)
Maine Maine 4 placements Alexis Mcilwain (2011; Top 15)
Nebraska Nebraska 3 placements Erin Shae Swanson (2019; Top 15)
South Dakota South Dakota 3 placements Makenzie Falcon (2016; Top 15)
Alaska Alaska 3 placements Sonja Garness (2005; Top 15)
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia 3 placements Jacqueline Drakeford (2001; Top 10)
Idaho Idaho 2 placements Shareece Pfeiffer (2008; 4th runner-up)
New Hampshire New Hampshire 2 placements Courtney Morgan (2008; Top 15)
Montana Montana 1 placement Katie Blair (2006; Winner)
     The 11 highest-ranked states in terms of placements.
     The 12 lowest-ranked states in terms of placements.


Broadcasting of the pageant[edit]

1983–2007: Viewership and later decline[edit]

The pageant's viewership peak was hit in 1988, when the pageant averaged over 22 million viewers on CBS. Even as recently as 1999, the show managed to bring in over 10 million viewers. The 2006 airing was the second lowest rated in the pageant's 23-year history, with only 5.6 million viewers watching the live broadcast (the lowest: 2004, with 5.34 million).[5] The 2007 telecast (25th Anniversary, scheduled for August 24, 2007) was the last time Miss Teen USA aired live on television.

2008–present: Internet pageant[edit]

The 2008 pageant was held, untelevised, on August 16, 2008. One factor that prevented NBC from broadcasting was its prime time commitment to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Since then, it is broadcast over the Internet on the Miss Teen USA website. It can be viewed worldwide, without any region restrictions via geolocation. Currently, it is hosted by YouTube (Ustream from 2008–13). In addition, the webcast can be accessed on the pageant's Facebook page and on mobile devices using the official Miss Universe mobile app released during Miss USA 2016.

In 2012, the pageant began to simulcast in selected regions on Microsoft's Xbox Live service, allowing owners of the Xbox 360 (until 2017) and/or Xbox One consoles to watch the pageant on a television screen. In 2017, the pageant was also broadcast on Sony's PlayStation Network service.

The 2017 pageant was the first to include both a 360-video option for virtual reality headsets and HDR10 support for Xbox One S owners. The 2018 pageant featured support for Dolby Atmos audio and 4K video on the Xbox One S and X consoles.

Since 2018, the pageant is held concurrently with its sister Miss USA pageant in a single city a few days before the start of Miss USA final competition.

Crossovers with Miss USA[edit]

Miss Teen USA 1985 Kelly Hu became a model and a TV and film actress.
(Photo taken April 17, 2002.)

Miss Teen USA at Miss USA[edit]

In the early years of Miss Teen USA, three winners represented the title "Miss Teen USA" at Miss USA. The three queens were: Ruth Zakarian (1983), Cherise Haugen (1984), and Allison Brown (1986). This also made history because the Miss USA 1984 pageant had 53 delegates, the most ever in a Miss USA pageant. In 1987, Miss Teen USA 1986, Allison Brown participated in the 1987 Miss USA pageant. All three failed to make the cut at their respective Miss USA pageants.

Only in the three years mentioned above did Miss Teen USA winners automatically gain representation at Miss USA. Starting in 1988, if the Miss Teen USA winners want to compete at Miss USA, they first must win a Miss USA state crown. A total of seven Miss Teen USA winners have participated at Miss USA, with four winning their state Miss USA crowns first. The first of these was Kelly Hu, Miss Teen USA 1985, who won the Miss Hawaii USA 1993 title and represented Hawaii at Miss USA 1993. She finished as a finalist. The next was Jamie Solinger, Miss Teen USA 1992. She took the Miss Iowa USA 1998 title but failed to make the cut at the Miss USA pageant. Only two Miss Teen USA winners have made the top 3 of Miss USA. Brandi Sherwood, Miss Teen USA 1989 won the Miss Idaho USA 1997 title. Succeeding Kelly, she took 1st runner up and later inherited the Miss USA crown, when Brook Mahealani Lee of Hawaii won Miss Universe 1997. She is the only Miss Teen USA winner to hold the title Miss USA. Shauna Gambill was close in winning the Miss USA 1998 title, but placed 1st runner up to Shawnae Jebbia, Miss Massachusetts USA 1998. However, to date it has never happened that the same woman had won the 2 separate pageants officially.

There have been two years when two Miss Teen USA winners participated at Miss USA. The first was 1984, when Miss Teen USA 1983 and Miss Teen USA 1984 participated, the second was 1998, when Jamie Solinger competed as Miss Iowa USA but went unplaced, and Shauna Gambill competed as Miss California USA and placed first runner-up.

The first Miss Teen USA not to win a Miss USA state pageant on her first attempt was Christie Lee Woods, Miss Teen USA 1996, of Texas, who placed third runner-up in the Miss Texas USA 2002 pageant. She would also become the first Miss Teen USA to compete for, but never win a Miss USA state title (she also placed as a semi-finalist in 2003 and 2004). The second Miss Teen USA who did not win a Miss USA state title on her first attempt was Ashley Coleman, Miss Teen USA 1999, of Delaware, who competed in the Miss California USA 2006 pageant and finished third runner-up. She is the first Miss Teen USA winner to compete in a different state from that where she won her Miss Teen USA crown. Tami Farrell, Miss Teen USA 2003, competed at Miss California USA 2009 as Miss Malibu USA, but failed to win the crown, placing first runner-up to Carrie Prejean. Farrell competed at Miss Teen USA as Miss Oregon Teen USA, and was one of the few Miss Teen USA winners to try for the state crown outside of the state she represented for Miss Teen USA. In a span of only two years later, Miss Teen USA 2006, Katie Blair also competed at Miss California USA 2011. Representing the state of Montana at Miss Teen USA 2006, Blair is only the third Miss Teen USA to compete in a state other than the state she competed in Teen. Similarly to Coleman and Farrell, Blair placed 1st runner up in the pageant, to Alyssa Campanella, who also competed in Miss Teen USA representing New Jersey. Campanella went on to win Miss USA 2011. Danielle Doty, Miss Teen USA 2011, competed at Miss Texas USA 2018, who placed in the semifinals.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b French, Megan (June 29, 2016). "Miss Teen USA wants to eliminate swimsuit competition". Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Beauty queen's blonde moment". The Daily Telegraph. August 27, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2007.
  4. ^ "Miss Louisiana Teen USA loses crown after pot bust". Today. October 22, 2008.
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