Michelle Royer

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Michelle Jefferson
Michelle Renee Royer[1]

(1966-01-05) January 5, 1966 (age 52)
ResidenceLansing, Michigan, U.S.
Other namesMichelle Jefferson[2]
Michelle Royer-Jefferson[3]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[4]
TitleMiss Texas USA 1987
Miss USA 1987
Spouse(s)Donald Jefferson
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBrown[4]
Eye colorBlue[4]
Miss USA 1987
Miss Universe 1987
(2nd runner-up)

Michelle Renee Royer-Jefferson (born January 5, 1966) is an American TV Host and beauty queen who won Miss USA 1987 and second runner-up to Miss Universe 1987.

Early life[edit]

Prior to competing in Miss Texas USA, Jefferson grew up in Keller, Texas, attended Keller High School where she was active in the high school band program, serving as drum major. She continued her education at Texas Wesleyan University. She is the daughter of a salesman, who changed jobs frequently.[5]

Miss USA[edit]

Jefferson won the title of Miss Texas USA as the representative of Keller in August 1986[6] and was crowned Miss USA in February 1987,[4] becoming the third of five consecutive winners from Texas during the 1980s.[1]

Miss Universe[edit]

At the 1987 Miss Universe pageant, she placed first in the preliminary competition, second in semifinal interview and third in swimsuit and evening gown, finishing second runner-up to Cecilia Bolocco of Chile.[7]

Life after Miss USA[edit]

She is married to Donald "Banana Don" Jefferson, a morning on-air personality at country-formatted radio station WITL-FM in Lansing, Michigan.[5] The pair met when she made a stop in Pittsburgh during an appearance shortly after winning her Miss USA title, and joined her husband briefly as half of the morning show behind the microphone when he accepted a new job as morning on-air personality at adult contemporary-formatted WSHH. They have two children together.[5]


  1. ^ a b "People". Newsday. February 19, 1987. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Remembering Bob Hope". WILX-TV. July 28, 2003. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Ex-beauty queen hurt in accIdent". The Beaver County Times. March 7, 1989. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d "Michelle Royer of Texas wins Miss Usa title". The Dallas Morning News. February 18, 1987. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Former Miss USA adds glamour to fashion gala". Lansing State Journal. May 7, 2003. Retrieved 29 October 2010. Her husband is Banana Don Jefferson morning man for WITL100.7FM They have two children ages 10 and 8. "Hope gave DeWitt woman confidence". Lansing State Journal. May 28, 2003. Retrieved 29 October 2010. An at-home mom and the wife of WITL100.7FM morning man Banana Don Jefferson. Back in 87 she was Michelle Royer.
  6. ^ "People". The Dallas Morning News. August 6, 1986. Retrieved 29 October 2010. Michelle Royer, Miss Keller, is crowned TX Miss Texas USA by Miss USA Christy Fichtner Monday night in San Antonio.
  7. ^ "New Miss Universe". Orlando Sentinel. May 28, 1987. Retrieved 29 October 2010.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Christy Fichtner
Miss Texas USA
Succeeded by
Courtney Gibbs