Miss USA 2001

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Miss USA 2001
Kandace Krueger.jpg
DateMarch 2, 2001
PresentersWilliam Shatner, Tommy Davidson, Vanessa Minnillo, Lara Dutta
VenueGenesis Convention Center, Gary, Indiana
BroadcasterCBS, WBBM-TV
WinnerKandace Krueger
Texas Texas
CongenialityMonica Palumbo
PhotogenicKatee Doland
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Miss USA 2001, the 50th Miss USA pageant, was held at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, Indiana on March 2, 2001. The event was won by Kandace Krueger of Texas, who was crowned by outgoing queen Lynnette Cole of Tennessee.

The pageant was held in Gary for the first time, at the Genesis Convention Center, and was held in early March for the first time in two years, after being held in Branson, Missouri from 1999 to 2000 in early February.

William Shatner hosted the event for the only time, and color commentary was provided by Tommy Davidson, Vanessa Minnillo, Miss Teen USA 1998 and Lara Dutta, the reigning Miss Universe. Entertainment was provided by Lara Fabian, Evan and Jaron and The Warren Brothers.



Map showing placements by state
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2001
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 5
Top 10

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Clairol Natural Instincts Style Award

Final competition scores[edit]


The Miss USA 2001 delegates were:

Historical significance[edit]

  • This became the first win for Texas in six years, when Chelsi Smith was crowned Miss USA 1995 then went on later to win Miss Universe 1995.
  • This is also Texas's eighth win at Miss USA, which continues to be the pageant record.
  • This is the highest finish of a delegate from the District of Columbia since Bobbie Johnson won Miss USA 1964.
  • Georgia had its highest placement since 1993.
  • Michigan had its fourth straight Top 10 placement.
  • This became only the second time in seven years that a Miss Teen USA state delegate did not win or inherit the Miss USA title.
  • Massachusetts was represented by an African-American—the second time in the pageant's history.(The first was in 1979).


Seven delegates had previously competed in either the Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants and four delegates would later win a Miss America state title. Two of those who competed at Miss USA 2001, Katee Doland and Elizabeth Barchas, later became Triple Crown winners, for holding state titles for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America

Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title were:

Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title or would later win one were:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Became Kenya Bell after marrying NBA player Charlie Bell. C.f. Weir, Tom (May 3, 2011). "Ex-Beauty Queen Accused of Assault on Warriors Guard". USA Today.

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