Miss California Teen USA

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Not to be confused with the current state pageant Miss Teenage California
Miss California Teen USA
Formation 1983
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Los Angeles
Miss Teen USA
Official language
Website Official Miss California USA website
Miss California Teen USA 2016 Athenna Crosby, Long Beach, California on December 6, 2015
Miss California Teen USA 2015 Melanie Mitchell, Corona, California on July 19, 2015
Miss California Teen USA 2014 Bianca Vierra, Long Beach, California on January 4, 2014
Miss California Teen USA 2013 and Miss Teen USA 2013, Cassidy Wolf, Irvine, California on January 4, 2014
Miss California Teen USA 2012 Alexa Jones, Irvine, California on June 16, 2012
Miss California Teen USA 2011, Alexis Swanstrom, Rancho Mirage, CA on Nov. 21, 2010
Miss California Teen USA 2010, Emma Baker, on-stage at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA on Nov. 22, 2009
Miss California Teen USA 2009, Chelsea Gilligan, attending the "Beauty of California Dinner" at The Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, CA on Nov. 21, 2009
Kylee Lin, Miss California Teen USA 2007, at the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End film premiere

The Miss California Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of California in the Miss Teen USA pageant. This pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization, owned by William Morris Endeavor (also known as WME).

The most successful Miss California Teen USA was Shauna Gambill, who won the Miss Teen USA crown in 1994. She later became the only Californian teen to cross over to the Miss California USA crown. At Miss USA 1998, Gambill placed first-runner up to Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts, in what is widely considered to be one of the closest and most controversial decisions in recent years. She was later named Miss World USA 1998 and was a semi-finalist at the 1998 Miss World pageant.

Recently, Cassidy Wolf became the second Miss Teen USA from the state of California, when she won the Miss Teen USA 2013 pageant on August 10, 2013 in the Bahamas.

In the 1980s, the pageant was directed by Richard Guy and Rex Holt, who also oversaw the Miss California USA, Miss Texas USA and Miss Texas Teen USA pageants. They lost the contract in 1990, when it came up for renewal.[1] The pageant was later directed by Carolee Munger, K2 Productions and is currently directed by Top 10 Productions, Inc. At the beginning K2 Productions was directed by former Miss Teen USA 1995 Keylee Sue Sanders and Keith Lewis. Top 10 Productions, Inc. is led by Pam Wilson and Alex Kuty who have been heavily involved with pageant for many years. During the Munger era, the pageant was held in Fresno in early September, but after K2 Productions took over the state the 2006 pageant was staged in Palm Springs[2] and the 2007 event in San Rafael. Currently under the direction of Top 10 Productions, Inc. the pageant has found a new home with recurring events in Long Beach, California.

Miss California Teen USA titleholders have been invited to red-carpet movie premieres, such as that for Santa Clause 3 attended by Kylee Lin,[3] and She's the Man, attended by Jessica Powell.[4]

Results summary[edit]


  • Miss Teen USAs: Shauna Gambill (1994), Cassidy Wolf (2013)
  • First runners-up: Jennifer Morgan (2002), Melanie Mitchell (2015)
  • Second runners-up: Michelle Cardamon (1996), Chelsea Gilligan (2009), Emma Baker (2010), Alexis Swanstrom (2011)
  • Third runner-up: Bianca Vierra (2014)
  • Fourth runner-up: Stephanie Brink (2005)
  • Top 6: Natasha Allas (1992)
  • Top 10: Shawn Gardner (1983), Angi Aylor (1987), Casey McClain (2001)
  • Top 12: Trisha Robey (1990), Kellie Foster-Moore (1995)
  • Top 15: Taylor Atkins (2008), Athenna Crosby (2016)


  • Best State Costume: Alison Moreno (1988)
  • Miss Photogenic: Angi Aylor (1987)
  • Best in Swimsuit: Natasha Allas (1992), Shauna Gambill (1994)


Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss Teen USA Special awards at Miss Teen USA Notes
2017 Jaanu Patel Huntington Beach 16 TBA
2016 Athenna Crosby San Jose 17 Top 15
2015 Melanie Mitchell Anaheim 16 1st runner-up
2014 Bianca Vierra Hayward 19 3rd runner-up
2013 Chloe Hope Hatfield Norco 18 Did not compete
  • 1st runner-up at Miss California Teen USA 2013; succeeded Cassidy Wolf when Wolf won Miss Teen USA 2013
  • Later Miss Collegiate America 2016
Cassidy Wolf Temecula 19 Miss Teen USA 2013
2012 Alexa Jones Ramona 18
2011 Alexis Swanstrom San Diego 17 2nd runner-up
2010 Emma Baker Poway 18 2nd runner-up
2009 Chelsea Gilligan Beaumont 18 2nd runner-up
2008 Taylor Atkins Piru 17 Top 15
2007 Kylee Lin San Rafael 16
2006 Jessica Powell Barstow 18
2005 Stephanie Brink Bellflower 18 4th runner-up
2004 Stacey Beltran Oxnard 18 Miss California Teen International 2005
2003 Shannon Byrne Vacaville 18
2002 Jennifer Morgan Alpine 17 1st runner-up
2001 Casey McClain[5] San Marcos 18 Semi-finalist
2000 Alexandra Thompson Vacaville 15
1999 Marianne Kennedy Long Beach 17
1998 Amanda O'Leary[6] Fullerton 19
1997 Kimberly Gloudemans Bakersfield 16 1st runner-up to National Sweetheart 2001
1996 Michelle Cardamon San Diego 18 2nd runner-up
1995 Kellie Foster-Moore Fresno 17 Semi-finalist
1994 Shauna Gambill[7] Acton 17 Miss Teen USA 1994 Later Miss California USA 1998, 1st runner up at Miss USA 1998

Represented the United States at Miss World 1998 (Top 10).

1993 Stefanie Sweeney El Dorado Hills 18 Now Stevi McShane; owner of Crowned One Productions, a pageant production company, and director of the Miss California U.S. International Pageant and the Jr. Miss and Miss Teen and Miss California American Beauty Pageant.[8] She was also Mrs. California International, 2008.[9]
1992 Natasha Allas Los Angeles 18 Finalist Later Miss World USA 1999,[10] semi-finalist at Miss World 1999
1991 Jolene Fulkner Yorba Linda 14 Youngest ever Miss California Teen USA[11]
1990 Trisha Robey Los Angeles 18 Semi-finalist
1989 Michealean Bonilla Los Angeles 17
1988 Alison Moreno El Toro 15 Best State Costume Disqualified from competing at the national pageant after she left her room without a chaperone, contrary to pageant rules.[12]
1987 Angi Aylor[13] El Toro 14 Semi-finalist (6th)[14] Miss Photogenic (tie) 2nd runner up in Miss World USA 1994
1986 Michelle Lowell Ontario 17
1985 Sharon Gunther Clovis 16
1984 Jodie Alvarez San Pedro 19
1983 Shawn Gardner Modesto 17 Semi-finalist Placed 1st runner-up in state pageant, assumed title when winner resigned title to get married.[15]
Teresa St. Nicholas Monterey 17 Resigned

1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant


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  2. ^ "Palm Springs Most Famous Resort is Now the Most Beautiful" (Press release). Riviera Resort. 2005-09-04. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  3. ^ "World Premiere THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE Sunday, October 29 at The El Capitan Theater" (Press release). Walt Disney Pictures. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  4. ^ Wireimage.com photo gallery. Retrieved 2007-01-26
  5. ^ Sheshadri, Triveni (2001-08-12). "Beauty queen going for Miss Teen USA crown". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  6. ^ "Fullerton Fast Facts / In the Know". Fullerton News Tribune. 1997-09-04. p. 03. 
  7. ^ Smith, Sharon (1994-04-04). "Highland Valedictorian wins Miss California Teen USA". Los Angeles Daily News. p. SC2. 
  8. ^ Franz, Chris (March 2014). ""The Pageant Director's Point of View": Interview with Stevie McShane Pageant Director". The Platform Magazine. p. 7. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Former Mrs. California International Titleholders". Mrs. California International. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Natasha Allas - Reigning Miss World USA - Available for Interviews at Republican Convention" (Press release). PR Newswire. 2000-07-31. 
  11. ^ Gaede, Susan (1991-05-23). "Yorba Linda teen is pride of California". The Orange County Register. p. 04. 
  12. ^ Grimaldi, James (1988-05-27). "Teen barred from pageant seen without chaperone // `She left her hallway, was reported missing'". The Orange County Register. p. A03. 
  13. ^ Heffernan, Lillian (1987-05-12). "Beauty is hard work // Angi Aylor is on the runway to success after taking time off from contests". The Orange County Register. p. 03. 
  14. ^ Heffernan, Lillian (1987-07-23). "Teen beauty queen from El Toro places sixth in national contest". The Orange County Register. p. 13. 
  15. ^ Williams, Walt (1983-07-19). "Modestan Dons Miss Teen Crown". The Modesto Bee. 

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