Miss USA 1991

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Miss USA 1991
Miss USA 1991 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 22, 1991
PresentersDick Clark, Barbara Eden and Deborah Shelton
VenueCentury II Convention Center, Wichita, Kansas
BroadcasterCBS, KWCH-TV
WinnerKelli McCarty[1]
Kansas Kansas
CongenialityCharlotte Ray
PhotogenicPat Arnold
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Miss USA 1991, the 40th Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas on February 22, 1991.

At the conclusion of the final competition, Kelli McCarty of Kansas was crowned[1] by outgoing titleholder Carole Gist of Michigan. Kelli became the first titleholder from Kansas and only the 3rd winner to be crowned as Miss USA in her home state.

The pageant was hosted by Dick Clark for the third of five years, with color commentary by Barbara Eden for the only time and Miss USA 1970 Deborah Shelton for the first time.

This was the second of four years[citation needed] that the pageant was held in Wichita, Kansas.[1]

This year was the first time that introduced the delegates in region by region and one by one in the Parade of States. The regions are The Midwest, The South, The Northeast, The Northwest, and The Southwest



Map showing placements by state
Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1991
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 6
Top 11

Special awards[edit]

Historical significance[edit]

  • Kansas placed for the first time since 1973 and went on to win the crown; Kelli McCarty is now an actress.
  • New Jersey made the top three for the third consecutive year, a record for the state and a rare occurrence for most states in the history of the Miss USA pageant.
  • North Carolina placed for the first time since 1986.
  • Illinois placed for the eighth consecutive year, a record for the state.
  • New York placed for the first time since 1983.
  • This was Alabama's first placement since 1981.
  • Hawaii placed for the first time since 1985.
  • Oregon placed for the first time since 1984.
  • Texas failed to place, ending the state's 16-year streak that is yet to be repeated.
  • The national anthem starts the show as a preamble to the pageant, honoring the United States Armed Forces.


Preliminary competition[edit]

The following are the contestants' scores in the preliminary competition.

Final competition[edit]


The Miss USA 1991 delegates were:



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pageant entrant to answer claims of nude dancing". The Day. Knight-Ridder Newspapers. 1991-03-07. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  2. ^ "People: Telling all". The Toledo Blade. 1991-03-08. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  3. ^ Baird, Jim (1991-03-07). "People Watch: Stripping defense". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2016-10-01.

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