Miss Teen USA 2003

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Miss Teen USA 2003
Tami Farrell 5 2009.jpg
Miss Teen USA 2003 - Tami Farrell attending the Miss California USA 2010 Pageant at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA on Nov. 22, 2009
Date August 12, 2003
Presenters Mario Lopez
Brooke Burns
Entertainment Justin Guarini
Jessica Simpson
Venue Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California
Broadcaster NBC, KMIR-TV
Winner Tami Farrell
Oregon Oregon
Congeniality Tami Farrell
Photogenic Jacklyn Pezzotta
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Miss Teen USA 2003, the 21st Miss Teen USA pageant, was televised live from Palm Springs on 12 August 2003. At the conclusion of the final competition, Miss Oregon Teen USA Tami Farrell was crowned by outgoing queen Vanessa Semrow of Wisconsin.[1]

Prior to the live telecast, the 51 contestants competed in a preliminary presentation show where they were judged in swimsuits and evening gowns. Scores from this judging determined the top 15 for the final competition.

This was the first year that the pageant was held in Palm Springs, which would later host Miss Teen USA 2004 and Miss Teen USA 2006. The pageant location was announced on 17 July 2003.[2] On 23 July 2003 it was announced that Jessica Simpson and Justin Guarini would appear as musical guests during the pageant.[3] The event was hosted by Mario Lopez and Brooke Burns.

Farrell was the third titleholder from Oregon, the only state to win more than one Miss Teen USA title, other than Tennessee (who won in 2009) and their 1997 win.



Map showing placements by state
Final results Contestant
Miss Teen USA 2003
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 15



The Miss Teen USA 2003 delegates were:


Ten contestants later won or held Miss USA state titles:

Notable features[edit]

  • Maine made the semi-finals for the first time since 1995.[4] This was only the third time that Maine made the cut.
  • Iowa also placed in the semi-finals for the first time since 1995; this was also only their third placement in this history of the pageant.
  • Oklahoma and North Dakota both placed for the first time since 1997.
  • This was only the second time that the winner of Miss Congeniality also won the Miss Teen USA title. Previously, Vanessa Minnillo won both titles in 1998.
  • This was the first time that the winners of both the Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awards both placed in the top five.
  • Tami Farrell also competed in the Miss California USA pageant where she was 1st runner up that was won by Carrie Prejean, last June 10, 2009. She became Miss California USA 2009 after Executive director Keith Lewis fired previous Miss California USA Carrie Prejean from the position after accusations of Carrie repeatedly breaching her contract."...after our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship..." "...it has become abundantly clear that Carrie was unwilling to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together" said Lewis.



  1. ^ "Miss Teen USA 2003 crown goes to Oregon native". Associated Press. 2003-08-12. 
  2. ^ Wheeler, Carla (2003-07-17). "Miss Teen USA pageant to air from Palm Springs". The Press-Enterprise. 
  3. ^ "Musical Guests Announced for MISS TEEN USA(R) Live From Palm Springs, California" (Press release). PR Newswire. 2003-07-23. 
  4. ^ "Augusta teenager makes top 15 of Miss Teen USA pageant". Associated Press. 2003-08-13. 

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