Miss USA 1999
|Miss USA 1999|
|Date||February 4, 1999|
|Venue||Grande Palace Theatre, Branson, Missouri|
At the conclusion of the final competition, Kimberly Pressler of New York, was crowned by outgoing titleholder Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts. Pressler became the third Miss New York USA to win the crown on finals night, and the fourth titleholder from New York.
After months of negotiation, Branson was announced as the pageant's location in November 1998. City officials spent $125,000 of tax money to host the pageant in Branson in the hope that it would encourage tourism but admitted after the pageant that it was not worth the cost. Sponsors contributed a further $1 million towards the hosting of the event. The pageant had previously been held in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1997-1998.
Shemar Moore hosted the pageant for the only time, and color commentary was added by Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry and Julie Moran, for the second consecutive year. Entertainment was provided by Collin Raye and The Atomic Fireballs.
|Miss USA 1999|
- Miss Congeniality: Cara Jackson (Arizona)
- Miss Photogenic: Elyzabeth Pham (Wisconsin)
- Style Award: Kellie Lightbourn (Virginia)
- Best in Swimsuit: Lauren Poppell (South Carolina)
The Miss USA 1999 delegates were:
- Alabama - Doree Walker
- Alaska - Anna Ruble
- Arizona - Cara Jackson
- Arkansas - Allison Heavener
- California - Angelique Breaux
- Colorado - Susan Manuello
- Connecticut - Christina D’Amico
- Delaware - Jackie Pilla
- District of Columbia - Amy Alderson
- Florida - Melissa Quesada
- Georgia - Meredith Young
- Hawaii - Trini-Ann Leilani Kaopuiki
- Idaho - Amy Ambrose
- Illinois - Christina Lam
- Indiana - Pratima Yarlagadda
- Iowa - Jaclyn Solinger
- Kansas - Amanda Carraway
- Kentucky - Lori Menshouse
- Louisiana - Melissa Bongiovanni
- Maine - Heather Coutts
- Maryland - Kelly Donohue
- Massachusetts - Jennifer Krafve
- Michigan - Shannon Grace Clark
- Minnesota - Crystal VanDenberg
- Mississippi - Kari Babski
- Missouri - Teri Bollinger
- Montana - Michon Adele Zink
- Nebraska - WaLynda Sipple
- Nevada - Shaynee Smith
- New Hampshire - Melissa MacLaughlin
- New Jersey - Candice Alana Royal
- New Mexico - Michelle Rios
- New York - Kimberly Pressler
- North Carolina - Joy Hall
- North Dakota - Shayna Bank
- Ohio - Melinda Miller
- Oklahoma - Dia Webb
- Oregon - Amy Nelson
- Pennsylvania - Melissa Godshall
- Rhode Island - Claire DeSimone
- South Carolina - Lauren Poppell
- South Dakota - Shawna Gross
- Tennessee - Morgan Tandy High
- Texas - Carissa Blair
- Utah - Rachel Rasmussen
- Vermont - Nicole Lewis
- Virginia - Kelli Lightbourn
- Washington - Tammy Jansen
- West Virginia - Amanda Burns
- Wisconsin - Elyzabeth Pham
- Wyoming - Arnica Bryant
- This is the first time New York has held the Miss USA title in four years. Shanna Moakler, Miss New York USA 1995, inherited the Miss USA 1995 title, after Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe 1995. However, this is the first outright win for New York in 20 years, when Mary Therese Friel won Miss USA 1979.
- Kimberly Pressler became the fourth former Miss Teen USA state delegate in five years to win or inherit the Miss USA title.
- Tennessee made the top three for the third time in four years. At the time, High's 1st runner-up placement was the highest finish from a Tennessee delegate in Miss USA history. However, Tennessee went on to win Miss USA 2000 and Miss USA 2007.
- California made the top three for the second consecutive year.
- South Carolina placed for the first time since Lu Parker won Miss USA 1994. Lauren Poppell was also the first woman representing South Carolina to place at both Miss Teen USA (1993) and Miss USA (1999.)
- This was New Mexico's first placement since 1987.
- Ohio placed for the first time since 1990.
- Virginia placed in the Top 10 back-to-back for the first time since 1981-1982.
- Delegate who would later compete in Miss World:
- Angelique Breaux (California) - Miss World USA 2000 (Top 10 semifinalist at Miss World 2000)
- Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title were:
- Kimberly Pressler (New York) - Miss New York Teen USA 1994
- Lauren Poppell (South Carolina) - Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1993 (Top 12 semifinalist at Miss Teen USA 1993)
- Meredith Young (Georgia) - Miss Georgia Teen USA 1991 (1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1991)
- Terri Bollinger (Missouri) - Miss Illinois Teen USA 1990
- Trini-Ann Kaopuiki (Hawaii) - Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1991
- Carissa Blair (Texas) - Miss Texas Teen USA 1992
- WyLynda Sipple (Nebraska) - Miss Michigan Teen USA 1992
- Amy Jo Ambrose (Idaho) - Miss Idaho Teen USA 1995
- Amanda Carraway (Kansas) - Miss Kansas Teen USA 1996
- Amanda Burns (West Virginia) - Miss West Virginia Teen USA 1997
- Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title:
- Dennis Basso
- Joyce Brothers
- Kelly Le Brock
- Cheech Marin
- Michelle Phillips
- Kevin Richardson
- Stuart Weitzman
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- Associated Press (1999-02-06). "Miss New York Wins Miss USA". Toledo Blade. p. 12.
- "Branson hopes to hold beauty pageant". Southeast Missourian. 1998-08-12. p. 5B.
- Associated Press (1998-11-04). "Branson to Play Host to Next February's Miss USA pageant". The Nevada Daily Mail. p. 5A.
- Associated Press (1999-01-26). "Branson seeks Miss USA pageant rewards". Southeast Missourian. p. 8A.
- Associated Press (1999-07-30). "Branson Chamber slashes Miss USA sponsorship". Southeast Missourian. p. 6A.
- Avila, Oscar (1999-02-05). "Miss USA Pageant gives Branson a chance to update its image". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.
- Martin, John (1999-02-05). "Miss USA follows formula". The Spokesman-Review. p. D4.
- Morrison, Aaron (1999-02-07). "Winthrop Grad becomes Miss USA finalist". The Rock Hill Herald. p. 1B.