Miss Teen USA

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Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA.jpg
MottoConfidently Beautiful
FormationAugust 30, 1983; 36 years ago (1983-08-30)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersNew York City
Official language
Paula Shugart
Parent organization
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. Unlike its sister pageants Miss Universe and Miss USA, which are broadcast on Fox, this pageant is webcast on the Miss Teen USA website and simulcast on mobile devices and video game consoles.

The pageant was first held in 1983 and has been broadcast live on CBS until 2002 and then on NBC from 2003–2007. In March 2007, it was announced that the broadcast of the Miss Teen USA pageant on NBC had not been renewed, and that Miss Teen USA 2007 would be the final televised event.[1]

From 2008–15, the pageant was held at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, located in Nassau, Bahamas.

Notable pageant winners include actresses Kelly Hu (1985, Hawaii), Bridgette Wilson (1990, Oregon), Charlotte Lopez-Ayanna (1993, Vermont), Vanessa Minnillo (1998, South Carolina) and Shelley Hennig (2004, Louisiana).

The current titleholder is Kaliegh Garris of Connecticut who was crowned on April 28, 2019 at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.


The following is a list of pageant editions and information.

Year Date Edition Venue Entrants
1983 August 30 1st Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida 51
1984 April 3 2nd Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee 51
1985 January 22 3rd James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida 51
1986 January 21 4th Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida 51
1987 July 21 5th El Paso Civic Center, El Paso, Texas 51
1988 July 25 6th Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, California 51
1989 July 25 7th Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, California 51
1990 July 16 8th Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi 51
1991 August 19 9th 51
1992 August 25 10th 50
1993 August 10 11th 51
1994 August 16 12th 51
1995 August 15 13th Century II Convention Center, Kansas 51
1996 August 21 14th Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico 51
1997 August 20 15th South Padre Island Convention Centre, South Padre Island, Texas 51
1998 August 17 16th Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana 51
1999 August 24 17th 51
2000 August 26 18th 51
2001 August 22 19th South Padre Island Convention Centre, South Padre Island, Texas 51
2002 August 28 20th 51
2003 August 12 21st Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California 51
2004 August 6 22nd 51
2005 August 8 23rd Baton Rouge River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 51
2006 August 15 24th Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California 51
2007 August 24 25th Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California 51
2008 August 16 26th Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas 51
2009 July 31 27th Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas 51
2010 July 24 28th 51
2011 July 16 29th Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas 51
2012 July 28 30th 51
2013 August 10 31st 51
2014 August 2 32nd 51
2015 August 22 33rd 51
2016 July 30 34th Venetian Theatre, The Venetian Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 51
2017 July 29 35th Phoenix Symphony Hall, Phoenix, Arizona 51
2018 May 18 36th Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana 51
2019 April 28 37th Grand Sierra Resort's Grand Theatre, Reno, Nevada 51

Competition rounds[edit]

Prior to the final telecast the delegates compete in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown.

During the final competition, the semi-finalists are announced and go on to compete in swimsuit and evening gown. From 1983 to 2002 all semi-finalists also competed in an interview competition as well as both swimsuit and evening gown, followed by one or two final interview questions. In 2003, a new format was introduced where the top fifteen competed in evening gown, the top ten competed in swimsuit and the top five competed in the final question. In 2006, the order of competition was changed where the top fifteen competed in swimsuit and the top ten in evening gown. The latest competition format was used since 2008 the final not broadcast on TV, where the top fifteen both competed in swimsuit and evening gown, and the top five competed in the final question who all signed up by a panel of judges.

Former Miss Teen USA Katherine Haik supported calls to eliminate the swimsuit competition.[2] The swimsuit category was chastised for exploiting and sexualizing young women and not promoting diverse body types. The new active-wear portion will increase the focus on wellness and health of young ladies.[2]


This is a list of delegates who have won the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant.

Year Miss Teen USA State Represented Hometown Age Notes
2019 Kaliegh Garris Connecticut Connecticut New Haven 18
2018 Hailey Colborn Kansas Kansas Wichita 17
2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Missouri Missouri Kansas City 17
2016 Karlie Hay Texas Texas Tomball 18
2015 Katherine Haik Louisiana Louisiana Franklinton 15 The youngest Miss Teen USA ever to win the title at the age of 15
2014 K. Lee Graham South Carolina South Carolina Chapin 17
2013 Cassidy Wolf California California Temecula 19 The oldest Miss Teen USA ever to win the title
2012 Logan West Connecticut Connecticut Southington 18 Previously Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2010
2011 Danielle Doty Texas Texas Harlingen 18
2010 Kamie Crawford Maryland Maryland Potomac 17
2009 Stormi Henley Tennessee Tennessee Crossville 18
2008 Stevi Perry Arkansas Arkansas Hamburg 18
2007 Hilary Cruz Colorado Colorado Louisville 18
2006 Katie Blair Montana Montana Billings 18 Later 1st Runner-Up at Miss California USA 2011, assumed the title after Alyssa Campanella crowned Miss USA 2011
2005 Allie LaForce Ohio Ohio Vermilion 16 Correspondent on the show Game Changers. Won an Emmy in 2011 for the show Friday Night Touchdown
2004 Shelley Hennig Louisiana Louisiana Destrehan 17 Formerly an actress on Days of Our Lives as Stephanie Johnson, now on Teen Wolf as Malia Tate
2003 Tami Farrell Oregon Oregon Phoenix 18 Later 1st Runner-Up at Miss California USA, assumed the title after Carrie Prejean was dethroned due to Miss USA 2009 same-sex marriage controversy
2002 Vanessa Semrow Wisconsin Wisconsin Rhinelander 17
2001 Marissa Whitley Missouri Missouri Springfield 18
2000 Jillian Parry Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Newtown 18
1999 Ashley Coleman Delaware Delaware Camden 17 Appeared briefly on The Price Is Right as a Barkers Beauty
1998 Vanessa Minnillo South Carolina South Carolina Charleston 17 Born in the Philippines, this actress is known for hosting Total Request Live on MTV from 2003–2007 as well as her past reporting as a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight
1997 Shelly Moore Tennessee Tennessee Knoxville 18
1996 Christie Lee Woods Texas Texas Huntsville 18 Two-time The Amazing Race contestant
1995 Keylee Sue Sanders Kansas Kansas Louisburg 18 She was co-director of the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants from 2006 to 2007 along with Keith Lewis of K2 Productions.
1994 Shauna Gambill California California Acton 17 Later Miss California USA 1998, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1998 and Top 10 at Miss World 1998
1993 Charlotte Lopez Vermont Vermont Dorset 16
1992 Jamie Solinger Iowa Iowa Altoona 17 Later Miss Iowa USA 1998
1991 Janel Bishop New Hampshire New Hampshire Manchester 17
1990 Bridgette Wilson Oregon Oregon Gold Beach 16 Recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1998.
1989 Brandi Sherwood Idaho Idaho Idaho Falls 18 Later Miss Idaho USA 1997; 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1997, held Miss USA title after Brook Lee won the Miss Universe title.
1988 Mindy Duncan Oregon Oregon Newberg 16
1987 Kristi Addis Mississippi Mississippi Holcomb 16
1986 Allison Brown Oklahoma Oklahoma Edmond 17 She competed as Miss Teen USA in the Miss USA pageant in 1987 (a short-lived tradition gave Miss Teen USA's in the early 1980s this opportunity). She was unplaced.
1985 Kelly Hu Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu 16 Later Miss Hawaii USA 1993 and Top 6 at Miss USA 1993 Actress has starred in moves such as Cassandra in The Scorpion King and Lady Deathstrike in X2: X-Men United
1984 Cherise Haugen Illinois Illinois Sleepy Hollow 17 She competed as Miss Teen USA in the Miss USA pageant in 1984 alongside Ruth Zakarian of New York who had also previously held the Miss Teen USA title, in 1983. (a short-lived tradition gave Miss Teen USA's in the early 1980s this opportunity). She was unplaced.
1983 Ruth Zakarian New York (state) New York Amsterdam 17 She competed as Miss Teen USA in the Miss USA pageant in 1984 alongside Cherise Haugen of Illinois who had held the Miss Teen USA title that year. (a short-lived tradition gave Miss Teen USA's in the early 1980s this opportunity). She was unplaced.

Winners gallery[edit]

By number of wins[edit]

State Number Years
Texas Texas 3 1996, 2011, 2016
Oregon Oregon 1988, 1990, 2003
Connecticut Connecticut 2 2012, 2019
Kansas Kansas 1995, 2018
Missouri Missouri 2001, 2017
Louisiana Louisiana 2004, 2015
South Carolina South Carolina 1998, 2014
California California 1994, 2013
Tennessee Tennessee 1997, 2009
Maryland Maryland 1 2010
Arkansas Arkansas 2008
Colorado Colorado 2007
Montana Montana 2006
Ohio Ohio 2005
Wisconsin Wisconsin 2002
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 2000
Delaware Delaware 1999
Vermont Vermont 1993
Iowa Iowa 1992
New Hampshire New Hampshire 1991
Idaho Idaho 1989
Mississippi Mississippi 1987
Oklahoma Oklahoma 1986
Hawaii Hawaii 1985
Illinois Illinois 1984
New York (state) New York 1983

List of states have yet to win the Miss Teen USA title[edit]


Broadcasting of the pageant[edit]

1983–2007: Viewership and later decline[edit]

The pageant's viewership peak was hit in 1988, when the pageant averaged over 22 million viewers on CBS. Even as recently as 1999, the show managed to bring in over 10 million viewers. The 2006 airing was the second lowest rated in the pageant's 23-year history, with only 5.6 million viewers watching the live broadcast (the lowest: 2004, with 5.34 million).[3] The 2007 telecast (25th Anniversary, scheduled for August 24, 2007) was the last time Miss Teen USA aired live on television.

2008–present: Internet pageant[edit]

The 2008 pageant was held, untelevised, on August 16, 2008. One factor that prevented NBC from broadcasting was its prime time commitment to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Since then, it is broadcast over the Internet on the Miss Teen USA website. It can be viewed worldwide, without any region restrictions via geolocation. Currently, it is hosted by YouTube (Ustream from 2008–13). In addition, the webcast can be accessed on the pageant's Facebook page and on mobile devices using the official Miss Universe mobile app released during Miss USA 2016.

In 2012, the pageant began to simulcast in selected regions on Microsoft's Xbox Live service, allowing owners of the Xbox 360 (until 2017) and/or Xbox One consoles to watch the pageant on a television screen. In 2017, the pageant was also broadcast on Sony's PlayStation Network service.

The 2017 pageant was the first to include both a 360-video option for virtual reality headsets and HDR10 support for Xbox One S owners. The 2018 pageant featured support for Dolby Atmos audio and 4K video on the Xbox One S and X consoles.

Since 2018, the pageant is held concurrently with its sister Miss USA pageant in a single city a few days before the start of Miss USA final competition.

Crossovers with Miss USA[edit]

Miss Teen USA 1985 Kelly Hu became a model and a TV and film actress.
(Photo taken April 17, 2002.)

Miss Teen USA at Miss USA[edit]

In the early years of Miss Teen USA, three winners represented the title "Miss Teen USA" at Miss USA. The three queens were: Ruth Zakarian (1983), Cherise Haugen (1984), and Allison Brown (1986). This also made history because the Miss USA 1984 pageant had 53 delegates, the most ever in a Miss USA pageant. In 1987, Miss Teen USA 1986, Allison Brown participated in the 1987 Miss USA pageant. All three failed to make the cut at their respective Miss USA pageants.

Only in the three years mentioned above did Miss Teen USA winners automatically gain representation at Miss USA. Starting in 1988, if the Miss Teen USA winners want to compete at Miss USA, they first must win a Miss USA state crown. A total of seven Miss Teen USA winners have participated at Miss USA, with four winning their state Miss USA crowns first. The first of these was Kelly Hu, Miss Teen USA 1985, who won the Miss Hawaii USA 1993 title and represented Hawaii at Miss USA 1993. She finished as a finalist. The next was Jamie Solinger, Miss Teen USA 1992. She took the Miss Iowa USA 1998 title but failed to make the cut at the Miss USA pageant. Only two Miss Teen USA winners have made the top 3 of Miss USA. Brandi Sherwood, Miss Teen USA 1989 won the Miss Idaho USA 1997 title. Succeeding Kelly, she took 1st runner up and later inherited the Miss USA crown, when Brook Mahealani Lee of Hawaii won Miss Universe 1997. She is the only Miss Teen USA winner to hold the title Miss USA. Shauna Gambill was close in winning the Miss USA 1998 title, but placed 1st runner up to Shawnae Jebbia, Miss Massachusetts USA 1998. However, to date it has never happened that the same woman had won the 2 separate pageants officially.

There have been two years when two Miss Teen USA winners participated at Miss USA. The first was 1984, when Miss Teen USA 1983 and Miss Teen USA 1984 participated, the second was 1998, when Jamie Solinger competed as Miss Iowa USA but went unplaced, and Shauna Gambill competed as Miss California USA and placed first runner-up.

The first Miss Teen USA not to win a Miss USA state pageant on her first attempt was Christie Lee Woods, Miss Teen USA 1996, of Texas, who placed third runner-up in the Miss Texas USA 2002 pageant. She would also become the first Miss Teen USA to compete for, but never win a Miss USA state title (she also placed as a semi-finalist in 2003 and 2004). The second Miss Teen USA who did not win a Miss USA state title on her first attempt was Ashley Coleman, Miss Teen USA 1999, of Delaware, who competed in the Miss California USA 2006 pageant and finished third runner-up. She is the first Miss Teen USA winner to compete in a different state from that where she won her Miss Teen USA crown. Tami Farrell, Miss Teen USA 2003, competed at Miss California USA 2009 as Miss Malibu USA, but failed to win the crown, placing first runner-up to Carrie Prejean. Farrell competed at Miss Teen USA as Miss Oregon Teen USA, and was one of the few Miss Teen USA winners to try for the state crown outside of the state she represented for Miss Teen USA. In a span of only two years later, Miss Teen USA 2006, Katie Blair also competed at Miss California USA 2011. Representing the state of Montana at Miss Teen USA 2006, Blair is only the third Miss Teen USA to compete in a state other than the state she competed in Teen. Similarly to Coleman and Farrell, Blair placed 1st runner up in the pageant, to Alyssa Campanella, who also competed in Miss Teen USA representing New Jersey. Campanella went on to win Miss USA 2011. Danielle Doty, Miss Teen USA 2011, competed at Miss Texas USA 2018, who placed in the semifinals.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hall, Sarah (March 29, 2007). "Trump and Miss Universe Stay in Bed with NBC". Retrieved March 29, 2007.
  2. ^ a b French, Megan (June 29, 2016). "Miss Teen USA wants to eliminate swimsuit competition". Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Crowning tears: Miss Teen USA skids". Media Life Magazine. August 16, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2015.[permanent dead link]