Sara Brooks, Miss Louisiana USA 2010
Michelle Berthelot, Miss Louisiana USA 2008
Elizabeth McNulty, Miss Louisiana USA 2007
, Miss Louisiana USA 1996 & Miss USA 1996
Miss Louisiana USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss USA pageant.
Louisiana is one of the most successful states at Miss USA and is one of only seven states to have three or more Miss USA winners (in
1958, 1961, and 1996).
Four Miss Louisiana USA titleholders previously held the
Miss Louisiana Teen USA title, including Ali Landry, who became the third woman from Louisiana to be crowned Miss USA.
Jennifer Dupont, Miss Louisiana USA 2000, is one of only seven women who have competed in the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America pageants.
Louisiana's future success at Miss USA would be evident in the state's first contestant, Jeanne Vaughn Thompson, Miss Louisiana USA 1952 and 1953. She is the only woman to ever compete twice in the history of Miss USA. Thompson also holds the distinction of being the only woman to outright win a Miss USA state title twice, and until 1996, was the only two-time Miss USA state titleholder (a 44-year record). Shanna Lyn Searles became the second and only other double state titleholder, upon winning the
Miss California USA title outright in 1996, after inheriting the state's 1992 title as a result of Shannon Marketic being crowned Miss USA 1992.
Thompson's overall pageant success -- winning the
Miss Louisiana state title and competing at Miss America in 1951, winning the first two Miss Louisiana USA state titles, and competing in the first and second Miss USA national pageants (becoming the first-ever 1st runner-up in 1952, and a semi-finalist and the Miss Congeniality winner in 1953) -- prompted Miss USA organizers to create a rule only allowing a person to compete for the national title once.
Louisiana contestants accomplished another feat first, winning both the first-ever Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awards given to a Miss USA state delegate. Thompson was the winner of the Miss Congeniality award given to the first Miss USA state contestant in 1953.
The second Miss Congeniality award given also went to another contestant from Louisiana, Judy Fletcher in
1960. That year, during the era when both Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants were held at the same time, Fletcher tied with a Miss Universe contestant from Burma for the award.
Sharon Brown, who represented Louisiana in 1961, won the first Miss Photogenic award given to a Miss USA state delegate. She also won the Miss USA title, the first Miss Photogenic winner to obtain that feat.
Louisiana is one of only two states (California the other) to have won both the Miss USA title and the Miss Photogenic award in the same year on two separate occasions (Brown in 1961 and Landry in 1996).
Miss Louisiana USA is produced by RPM Productions, which also produces the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state pageants for
Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. RPM Productions' headquarters is in Aiken, South Carolina.
The current titleholder is Candice Bennatt, a native of
Kingwood, Texas. Bennatt won the 2015 Miss Louisiana USA title as a student attending Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Results summary [ edit ]
Placements [ edit ]
Winners: Eurlyne Howell (1958), Sharon Brown (1961), Ali Landry (1996)
1st runners-up: Jeanne Thompson (1952)
2nd runners-up: Lisa Lynn Moss (1981) Candace Cain (1993)
3rd runners-up: Pamela Forrest (1983), Sarie Joubert (1985), Elizabeth Primm (1989), Brittany Guidry (2014)
4th runners-up: Robyn Sanders (1976)
Top 6: Shirelle Hebert (1994), Elizabeth Coxe (1995)
Top 10: Debbie Delhomme (1998), Kristen Girault (2013)
Top 11: Candice Bennatt (2015)
Top 12: Bonnie Martin (1972), Storm Hensley (1973), Karen Hoff (1974), Christy Saylor (1992), Anne-Katherine Lene (2002)
Top 15: Mary Lobianco (1959), Judy Fletcher (1960), Elizabeth McNulty (2007)
Top 16: Erin Edmiston (2012)
Top 20: Jeanne Thompson (1953)
Sharon Renee Brown (1961), Kathy Herbert (1968), Elizabeth Primm (1989), Ali Landry (1996) Miss Photogenic:
Winners [ edit ]
Declared as Winner
Ended as runner-up
Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
1 Placement at Miss USA
Special awards at Miss USA
2016 Maaliyah Papillion
Lake Charles 21
New Orleans 26
Currently a student at
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Previously won Miss New Mexico 2012. Placed 4th runner up at Miss Texas 2011. Former Houston Texans Cheerleader. Originally from Kingswood.
2014 Brittany Guidry
Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2009 and 4th runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2009; one of few women to place in the top 5 at both Miss Teen USA and Miss USA
Cousin of Michelle Berthelot, Miss Louisiana USA 2008
2013 Kristen Girault
Top 10 (8th)
New Orleans Saints cheerleader
Top 16 (12th)
New Orleans 22
She won Louisiana state title while a student at
University of Louisiana at Lafayette; originally from Houston.
Baton Rouge 24
Miss Teen America 2002, representing Georgia. Originally from Marietta.
Cousin of Brittany Guidry, Miss Louisiana USA 2014
Top 15 (12th)
Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2002. Contestant on Big Brother 15.
. The Amazing Race 8
Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1998, Miss Louisiana 2004 and 1st runner up at Miss America 2005
Breaux Bridge 22
Miss USA 1996
Miss Photogenic Previously
Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1990 (Top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1990), Top 6 finalist at Miss Universe 1996
Currently evening news anchor for NBC affiliate
WVLA in Baton Rouge.
Miss Photogenic, 2nd Place Best Costume
Miss USA at Miss Asia Pacific 1989, did not place; Star Search 1990 Spokesmodel contestant.
Miss Louisiana 1985
Now Cecelia Gonzalez of
San Diego, California. Her father was Louisiana State Representative Thomas "Bud" Brady.
1st runner up at
Miss International 1985 as Miss USA.
Miss World USA 1981 and Top 5 finalist at Miss World 1981
Television program host and actor, best known for her role as host of the USA Network's weekend movie show, USA Up All Night
Was a sergeant in the Air Force stationed at
Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City
1966 Tanya Becnel
Diana Jane Smith
Miss World USA 1962
Miss USA 1961 Miss Photogenic
4th runner up at
Miss Universe 1961
Mary Margaret Lobianco
Miss USA 1958
3rd runner up at
Miss Universe 1958
Baton Rouge 19
Finalist in the 1955 Miss Dixie Pageant
Only woman ever to compete in
Miss USA pageant twice. Previously Miss Louisiana 1951. Also competed in the 1952 Maid of Cotton Pageant
1952 1st Runner-up
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
References [ edit ]
^ "Kristen Girault Crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. October 28, 2012 . Retrieved . January 24, 2012
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