Miss U.S. International

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Miss U.S. International
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersBurton, Michigan
Miss International
Official language
National Director
Britt Harrison

Miss U.S. International is the official United States preliminary to the Miss International Beauty Pageant (officially titled The International Beauty Pageant).[1] The United States has sent a representative to the Miss International pageant since its inception in 1960. The only year a representative was not sent was in 2006.[2]

The current titleholder is Shanel James of Maryland (representing East Coast), who was crowned on June 22, 2017, by Kaitryana Leinbach, Miss U.S. International 2016 and 4th Runner-up at Miss International 2016.[3]


The United States was represented by Miss National Press Photographer in 1960, 1961 and 1962. From 1963 to 1967, the organizers ran the Miss American Beauty section two days before the Miss International finals.[citation needed] After 1967, the U.S. representatives were selected by other methods. For example, in 1968 Miss Welcome to Long Beach was sent to Japan as Miss American Beauty (since 1987 as Miss USA).[citation needed]

Currently, Harrison Productions, LLC is the license holders for Miss International in the United States and the winner of the Miss U.S. International pageant competes at the Miss International Beauty Pageant.[4]


This is a list of women who have represented the United States at the Miss International pageant.[5]

Casandra Tressler Miss U.S. International 2010
Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Semi-finalists
Year Name City & State Represented Placement at Miss International Notes
1960 Charlene Lundberg Illinois Joliet, Illinois 4th Runner-up
1961 Jo Ann Marie Dyer Ohio Lima, Ohio
1962 Carolyn Joyner† Kansas Freeport, Kansas 4th Runner-up
1963 Joyce Bryan Florida Miami, Florida 3rd Runner-up
1964 Linda Ann Taylor California San Diego, California 1st Runner-up
1965 Gail Karen Krielow Ohio Richmond Heights, Ohio 1st Runner-up Miss Ohio USA 1964, Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1964.
1967 Pamela Elfast New Jersey East Orange, New Jersey 2nd Runner-up
1968 Karen Ann MacQuarrie California Long Beach, California 2nd Runner-up
1969 Gayle Kovaly California Long Beach, California Top 15
1970 Randi Susan Blesener California Long Beach, California Top 15
1971 Jacqueline Lee Jochims Iowa Carroll, Iowa 3rd Runner-up Miss Iowa USA 1970.
1972 Lindsay Diane Bloom Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona 4th Runner-up Miss Arizona World 1971, 2nd Runner-up at Miss World USA 1971.
1973 Maria Pia Canzani Maryland Baltimore, Maryland Miss Maryland World 1972.
1974 Karen Brucene Smith Texas Austin, Texas Miss International 1974 Miss Texas World 1971, Miss World USA 1971, Top 7 at Miss World 1971.
1975 Patricia Lynn Bailey Virginia Norfolk, Virginia 3rd Runner-up Miss Virginia World 1974
1976 Susan Elizabeth Carlson New York (state) Schenectady, New York 3rd Runner-up Miss New York USA 1973, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1973, Miss Tennessee World 1975.
1977 Laura Jean Bobbit California Fresno, California 4th Runner-up
1978 Katherine Patricia Ruth California Granada Hills, California Miss International 1978
1979 Anna Maria Rapagna California Burbank, California 1st Runner-up
1980 Charissa Ann Ewing California Pacific Palisades, California 1st Runner-up
1981 Lisa Margaret Schuman California Cypress, California Top 15
1982 Christie Ellen Claridge California Chatsworth, California Miss International 1982 Miss Photogenic Award.
1983 Kimberly Anne Bleier California Encino, California Top 15
1984 Sandra Lee Percival Missouri Sunrise Beach, Missouri Miss Missouri USA 1984, 3rd Runner-up Miss USA 1984.
1985 Sarie Nerine Jourbert Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana 1st Runner-up Miss Louisiana USA 1985, 3rd Runner-up Miss USA 1985.
1986 Cindy Jane Williams Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi Top 15 Miss Mississippi USA 1986, 3rd Runner-up Miss USA 1986.
1987 Paula Jean Morrinson West Virginia Barboursville, West Virginia Top 15 Miss West Virginia USA 1987, Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1987.
1988 Dana Michelle Richmond Mississippi Madison, Mississippi 1st Runner-up Miss Mississippi USA 1988, 4th Runner-up Miss USA 1988.
1989 Deborah Lee Husti New Jersey Rockaway, New Jersey Top 15 Miss New Jersey USA 1989, 2nd Runner-up Miss USA 1989.
1990 Shawna Lea Bowman California Artesia, California Top 15
1991 Kimberly Anne Byers California Oxnard, California Miss Intercontinental 1994
1992 Sandra Lee Allen California Los Angeles, California
1993 Lynette Jonene MacFee Idaho Salmon, Idaho
1994 Karen Kristie Doyle Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1995 Krista Loskota California San Gabriel, California
1996 Maya Yadira Kashak California Palm Desert, California
1997 Tanya Lorraine Miller California Barstow, California
1998 Susan Paez California South Gate, California
1999 Jennifer Jean Glover California Castro Valley, California Miss California USA 2001; Miss California 2002.
2000 Kirstin Anne Cook Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2001 Eleana Thompson California Lake Elsinore, California
2002 Mary Elizabeth Jones California Mira Loma, California
2003 Masielle Otero Florida Miami, Florida
2004 Amy Lynne Holbrook California San Diego, California 1st Runner-up
2005 Anna Ward California Long Beach, California
2006 Sara Dee Harrigfeld Idaho Ashton, Idaho Did not compete Harrigfeld did not compete because she was overage.
2007 April Strong Illinois Chicago, Illinois
2008 Kelly Best Michigan Troy, Michigan Miss Michigan USA 2007, Top 15 at Miss USA 2007.
2009 Aileen Jan Yap Texas Houston, Texas Miss Mobile Beauty Award.
2010 Casandra Tressler Maryland Damascus, Maryland Miss Maryland USA 2008.
2011 Kristen Little New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico
2012 Amanda Delgado California Los Angeles, California Top 15
2013 Andrea Neu Colorado Pueblo, Colorado Top 15 Miss Earth United States 2014, 1st Runner-up at Miss Earth 2014.
2014 Samantha Brooks California Highland, California
2015 Lindsay Becker Minnesota Apple Valley, Minnesota 4th Runner-up
2016 Kaitryana Leinbach North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 4th Runner-up
2017 Shanel James Maryland Baltimore, Maryland
2018 Bonnie Walls New York (state) New York City, New York
2019 Ghazal Gill California Los Angeles, California TBD TBD


  • † Now deceased

By number of states[edit]

States Titles Years
 California 26 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982,
1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001,
2002, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2019
 Maryland 3 1973, 2010, 2017
 Florida 1963, 2000, 2003
 New York 2 1976, 2018
 Texas 1974, 2009
 Illinois 1960, 2007
 Idaho 1993, 2006
 New Jersey 1967, 1989
 Mississippi 1986, 1988
 Ohio 1961, 1965
 North Carolina 1 2016
 Minnesota 2015
 Colorado 2013
 New Mexico 2011
 Michigan 2008
 Oklahoma 1994
 West Virginia 1987
 Louisiana 1985
 Missouri 1984
 Virginia 1975
 Arizona 1972
 Iowa 1971
 Kansas 1962


  1. ^ "The winner of Miss U.S. International every year will compete at Miss International beauty pageant". missusinternational.com.
  2. ^ "Sara Dee Harrigfeld did not compete at Miss International 2006 pageant". pageantopolis.com.
  3. ^ "Shanel Kapri is Miss U.S International 2017". indianandworldpageant.com.
  4. ^ "Harrison Productions, LLC has been producing pageants since 2003". missosology.org.
  5. ^ "History of the United States representative at Miss International beauty pageant". missusinternational.com.

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