Miss USA 1999

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Miss USA 1999
Miss USA 1999 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 4, 1999
VenueGrande Palace Theatre, Branson, Missouri
WinnerKimberly Pressler
New York (state) New York
CongenialityCara Jackson
PhotogenicElyzabeth Pham
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Miss USA 1999, the 48th Miss USA pageant, was held at the Grande Palace Theatre in Branson, Missouri on February 4, 1999.[1]

At the conclusion of the final competition, Kimberly Pressler of New York, was crowned by outgoing titleholder Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5][6] Sponsors contributed a further $1 million towards the hosting of the event.[7] The pageant had previously been held in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1997-1998.[7]

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.[8] Entertainment was provided by Collin Raye and The Atomic Fireballs.[8]



Map showing placements by state
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1999
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 5
Top 10

Special awards[edit]


Final competition[edit]


The Miss USA 1999 delegates were:

Historical significance[edit]

  • 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.


Thirteen delegates had previously competed or would later compete in either the Miss World, Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ McDonough, Kevin (1999-02-05). "Miss USA brings fun back pageants". Reading Eagle. p. W21.
  2. ^ Associated Press (1999-02-06). "Miss New York Wins Miss USA". Toledo Blade. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Branson hopes to hold beauty pageant". Southeast Missourian. 1998-08-12. p. 5B.
  4. ^ Associated Press (1998-11-04). "Branson to Play Host to Next February's Miss USA pageant". The Nevada Daily Mail. p. 5A.
  5. ^ Associated Press (1999-01-26). "Branson seeks Miss USA pageant rewards". Southeast Missourian. p. 8A.
  6. ^ Associated Press (1999-07-30). "Branson Chamber slashes Miss USA sponsorship". Southeast Missourian. p. 6A.
  7. ^ a b Avila, Oscar (1999-02-05). "Miss USA Pageant gives Branson a chance to update its image". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.
  8. ^ a b Martin, John (1999-02-05). "Miss USA follows formula". The Spokesman-Review. p. D4.
  9. ^ Morrison, Aaron (1999-02-07). "Winthrop Grad becomes Miss USA finalist". The Rock Hill Herald. p. 1B.

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