Miss Arizona USA

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Miss Arizona USA
Formation1952
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersPhoenix
Location
Membership
Miss USA
Official language
English
Key people
Britt Boyse (state pageant director)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Miss Arizona USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Arizona in the Miss USA pageant.

In 2005 the rights to produce the Miss Arizona USA pageant were given to Casting Crown Productions. This company is directed by Britt Boyse, Miss Missouri USA 1995.[1]

Arizona has yet to win the Miss USA title, although Miss USA 1980 first runner-up Jineane Ford was awarded the Miss USA title after Shawn Weatherly won Miss Universe 1980. The most recent placement was Chelsea Myers in 2016, placing Top 15.

Four Miss Arizona USAs were former Miss Arizona Teen USAs and two were former Miss America contestants.

Yesenia Vidales of Phoenix was crowned Miss Arizona USA 2020 on January 5, 2020 at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. She represented Arizona for the title of Miss USA 2020.

Gallery of titleholders[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Placements in Miss USA[edit]

  • 1st runners-up: Jane Nelson (1965), Jineane Ford (1980)[a]
  • 2nd runners-up: Susanne Pottenger (1971), Diane Martin (1987), Alicia-Monique Blanco (2009)
  • 3rd runners-up: Ruth Hayes (1969), Sherry Nix (1973)
  • Top 10/11/12: Carlys Peterson (1974), Toni Abranovic (1977), Ana Rupert (1979), Cassie Hill (1981), Michelle Ducote (1985), Lee Anne Locken (1989), Maricarroll Verlinde (1991), Dannis Shephard (1992), Stacey Kole (1998)
  • Top 15/16/20: Jerri Michaelson (1962), Diane McGarry (1963), Roxanne Neeley (1966), Judianne Magnusson (1967), Danielle Demski (2004), Brenna Sakas (2006), Brittany Brannon (2011), Jordan Wessel (2014), Maureen Montagne (2015), Chelsea Myers (2016)

Arizona holds a record of 26 placements at Miss USA.

Awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Cara Jackson (1999)
  • Miss Photogenic: Jineane Ford (1980), Brittany Brannon (2011)
  • Best State Costume: Daria Sparling (1984), Michelle Ducote (1985), Maricarroll Verlinde (1991)

Winners[edit]

Color key
  •   Declared as Winner
  •   Ended as runner-up
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age[b] Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2021 To be announced May 2021
2020 Yesenia Vidales Phoenix 23 Previously Miss Arizona Latina 2017
2019 Savannah Wix Paradise Valley 22 Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 2014[2]
2018 Nicole Smith Phoenix 24
2017 Tommy Lynn Calhoun[3] Tucson 26
2016 Chelsea Myers Chandler 20 Top 15
2015 Maureen Montagne Tempe 21 Top 15 Later 1st Runner-Up at Miss World America 2017, 1st runner-up at Miss World Philippines 2018 and Miss Eco Philippines 2019
2014 Jordan Wessel Phoenix 20 Top 20
2013 Rachel Massie Glendale 19
2012 Erika Lane Frantzve Scottsdale 23
2011 Brittany Brannon Paradise Valley 22 Top 16 Miss Photogenic
2010 Brittany Mesa-Bell Chandler 22 Later Miss Guam Universe 2014; mother of a child with former partner Nick Cannon[4]
2009 Alicia-Monique Blanco[5] Phoenix 22 2nd runner-up
2008 Kimberly Joiner[6][1] Gilbert[1] 22[1]
2007 Courtney Barnas Mesa 19
2006 Brenna Sakas Chandler 21 Top 15
2005 Mariana Loya Gilbert 26 Previously Miss Washington 1998
2004 Danielle Demski[7] Chandler 22 Top 15 Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 1999 (4th at Miss Teen USA 1999),[8] former NFL Cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals[7]
2003 Nafeesa DeFlorias Phoenix 26
2002 Jennifer Lenz Mesa 25
2001 Tasha Dixon Phoenix 19
2000 Heather Keckler Scottsdale 26 Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 1992
1999 Cara Jackson[8] Chandler[8] 25 Miss Congeniality[8] Previously Miss Arizona 1995
1998 Stacey Kole Tempe 24 Top 10
1997 Jessica Nicely Gilbert
1996 Christina Novak Tempe
1995 Shara Riggs Oro Valley
1994 Jennifer Tisdale Mesa
1993 Apryl Hettich Scottsdale
1992 Dannis Shephard Mesa Top 11
1991 Maricarroll Verlinde Tempe Top 11 Best State Costume Later Miss Arizona World 1992 and competed in Miss World America 1992.
1990 Lezlie Leonard Tempe
1989 LeeAnne Locken Apache Junction Top 10 Later appeared as a cast member on The Real Housewives of Dallas from season 1 to 4.[9]
1988 Kris Keim[10] Scottsdale 22 Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 1983
1987 Diane Martin Phoenix 24 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Arizona 1985
1986 Jodi Armstrong Phoenix
1985 Michelle Ducote Tempe 20 Top 10 Best State Costume Mother of three-time Survivor castaway Joe Anglim
1984 Daria Sparling[11] Tucson 19 Best State Costume[12]
1983 Sindy Hedden[13] Tucson[13] 23[13]
1982 Lori Hakola Tucson
1981 Cassie Hill Phoenix Top 12
1980 Jineane Ford Gilbert 20 1st Runner-Up Miss Photogenic Became Miss USA 1980 when Shawn Weatherly became Miss Universe
1979 Ana Rupert Scottsdale Top 12
1978 Jacque Crutchfield Phoenix
1977 Toni Abranovic Scottsdale Top 12
1976 Curvey Walters Phoenix
1975 Sanna Osgood Scottsdale
1974 Carlys Peterson Phoenix Top 12
1973 Sherry Nix Phoenix 3rd runner-up
1972 Marcia Banks Tempe
1971 Susanne Pottenger Tempe 2nd runner-up
1970 Alicia Lein Mesa
1969 Ruth Hayes Tempe 3rd runner-up
1968 Shirley Sprague Avondale
1967 Judianne Magnusson Mesa Top 15
1966 Roxanne Neeley Oro Valley Top 15
1965 Jane Nelson Mesa 1st runner-up Previously Miss New Mexico 1964, top 10 at Miss America 1965
Later Miss New Mexico World 1966, top 7 at Miss USA World 1966
1964 Diane Reutter Phoenix
1963 Diane McGarry Mesa Top 15
1962 Jerri Michaelson Paradise Valley Top 15
1961 Shyrle Owens Ortiz Avondale
1960 Virginia Crook Mesa
1959 Patricia Varga Mesa
1958 Shirlee Fox Avondale
1956 Maija Bertulson Tucson
1955 Patti Marks Phoenix
1954 Bonnie Johnson Glendale
1953 Eleanor Ruth Cross Chandler
1952 Charlene Hendricks Tempe Withdrew from competition

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jineane Ford was 1st runner-up at Miss USA, but succeeded the title when Shawn Weatherly won Miss Universe.
  2. ^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gersema, Emily (2008-03-31). "Miss Arizona USA confident – Gilbert beauty says she'll win Vegas pageant". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  2. ^ "Savannah Wix – Pageant Planet". www.pageantplanet.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  3. ^ Willett, Johanna (2016-11-20). "Think you know the typical beauty queen? Tucson's Miss Arizona USA will make you think again". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  4. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie. "Nick Cannon welcomes son, Golden 'Sagon,' with Brittany Bell". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  5. ^ Sparks, Colleen (2008-12-10). "2 pageant winners share bond". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  6. ^ Guyette, Trevor (2007-11-04). "Gilbert teacher will compete for Miss USA". East Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-06-24.
  7. ^ a b Carroll, Doug (2004-01-03). "Broadcast beauty goes for top". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  8. ^ a b c d Beard, Betty (1999-08-28). "Beauty, talent radiate from city". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  9. ^ https://gruntstuff.com/leeanne-locken-exiting-actual-housewives-of-dallas-to-focus-on-philanthropy/98198/
  10. ^ "It Wasn't All Hearts, Flowers being Miss Arizona-USA". Mohave Daily Miner. 1988-03-29.
  11. ^ "Tucsonan named Miss Arizona-USA". The Courier. 1984-03-19.
  12. ^ "Miss Arizona flies off with costume win". Lakeland Ledger. 1984-05-06.
  13. ^ a b c Williams, Steve (1983-04-04). "Miss USA seeker has no qualms". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-07-11.

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