Miss Kentucky USA
|Website||Miss Kentucky USA official website|
The Miss Kentucky USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Kentucky in the Miss USA pageant. Until 2019, Connie Clark Harrison was the director for the Miss and Teen titles. Harrison is former Miss Kentucky USA 1976 who was the only representative for Kentucky to win the Miss Congeniality award at the national level. Starting from 2020 competition, Proctor Productions became the new licensee for the event.
Three Miss Kentucky USA titleholders have also held the Miss Kentucky Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Two Miss Kentucky USA titleholders have also competed at Miss America, with one representing Wyoming.
Jordan Weiter of Bluegrass was crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2019 on January 27, 2019 at Holy Trinity Clifton Center in Louisville. She represented Kentucky for the title of Miss USA 2019 on May 2, 2019 in Reno, Nevada.
In 2006, it was reported that Miss Kentucky USA 2002, Elizabeth Arnold was in a relationship with celebrity Nick Lachey. That same year Tara Conner became the first Miss Kentucky USA to win the Miss USA title, putting Kentucky in the top five for the second consecutive year, after Kristen Johnson placed 2nd runner-up in 2005. She later came under intense scrutiny when it was revealed that she had been drinking underage, tested positive for the use of cocaine, and kissed Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, among other things. Conner was allowed to keep her title, but was ordered into rehab for one month. After her rehab session she resumed her reign until her year was completed.
In 2008, Miss Kentucky USA Alysha Harris was involved in a scandal involving racy photos, in which she was photographed dancing in a sexually suggestive manner with NFL's New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss.
- Winners: Tara Conner (2006)
- Second runners-up: Kristen Johnson (2005)
- Third runners-up: Julie Andrus (1965)
- Fourth runners-up: Johanna Reid (1964), Patricia Barnstable (1971), Lisa Devillez (1980), Kristina Leah Chapman (1982), Maria Montgomery (2009)
- Top 6: Tiffany Tenfelde (1990), Angela Hines (1992)
- Top 11: Katie George (2015)
- Top 12: Carol Wallace (1975), Mitzi Jones (1995)
- Top 15: Marcia Chumbler (1961)
- Top 20: Mary Ann Stice (1953)
- Miss Congeniality: June Pinkley (1968), Connie Clark (1976), Kia Hampton (2011)
- Miss Photogenic: Robin Overby (1985)
- Best State Costume: Charlesy Gulick (1974)
- 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|
|2015||Katie George||Louisville||21||Top 11||Advanced to top 11 as fan vote winner.|
|2013||Allie Leggett||McCreary County||19||December 2017 Playboy Playmate of the Month|
|2012||Amanda Mertz||Louisville||25||Monster Energy Girl|
|2011||Kia Hampton||Louisville||21||Miss Congeniality|
|2010||Kindra Clark||Mt. Washington||19|
|2009||Maria Montgomery||Danville||19||4th runner-up|
|2007||Michelle Banzer||Louisville||24||First minority woman to win state pageant|
|2006||Tara Conner||Russell Springs||20||Miss USA 2006||Previously Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2002 (2nd runner-up & Best in Swimsuit at Miss Teen USA 2002) and 4th Runner up at Miss Universe 2006|
|2005||Kristen Johnson||Slaughters||23||2nd runner-up||Previously Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2000 (2nd runner-up & Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 2000) / Was contestant on Fear Factor in 2005 on the Miss USA episode #5.29|
|2002||Elizabeth Arnold||Columbia||24||Previously Miss Kentucky Teen USA 1998
Appears on The Real Housewives of Orange County
|1999||Lori Menshouse||Ashland||Previously Miss Kentucky 1997|
|1995||Mitzi Jones||White Plains||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 8th Place|
|1992||Angela Hines||Maysville||Finalist, Finishing in 5th place|
|1991||Susan Farris||Benton||24||Runner-up state costume|
|1990||Tiffany Tenfelde||Lakeside Park||Top 6 Finalist|
|1985||Robin Overby||Calvert City||Miss Photogenic||1st runner up at Miss World USA 1979|
|1983||Lee Ann Austin||Benton|
|1982||Kristina Leah Chapman||Owensboro||19||4th runner-up|
|1980||Lisa Devillez||Owensboro||4th runner-up|
|1976||Connie Clark||Benton||Miss Congeniality||Former director of the Miss Kentucky USA and Miss Kentucky Teen USA pageants under her married name, Connie Clark-Harrison|
|1975||Carol June Wallace||Somerset||Semi-finalist||Later Miss Wyoming 1976, mother of Miss Kentucky 2002, Mary Catherine Correll|
|1974||Charlesy Gulick||Williamstown||Best State Costume|
|1972||Tamara Branstetter||Summer Shade|
|1971||Patricia Barnstable||Louisville||4th runner-up|
|1968||June Pinkley||Miss Congeniality|
|1964||Johanna Reid||4th runner-up|
|1963||Mary Ann Arnold|
|1962||Sally Margaret Carter||Lowes||Semi-finalist|
|1960||Barbara Joan Lovins|
|1955-57||Did Not Compete|
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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