Miss USA 2001
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|Miss USA 2001|
|Date||March 2, 2001|
|Presenters||William Shatner, Tommy Davidson, Vanessa Minnillo, Lara Dutta|
|Venue||Genesis Convention Center, Gary, Indiana|
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.
|Miss USA 2001|
|Clairol Natural Instincts Style Award||
Final competition scores
The Miss USA 2001 delegates were:
- Alabama - Laura Hoffman
- Alaska - Ivette Fernandez
- Arizona - Tasha Dixon
- Arkansas - Jessie Davis
- California - Jennifer Glover
- Connecticut - Amy Vanderoef
- Delaware - Stacey Smith
- District of Columbia - Liane Angus
- Florida - Julie Donaldson
- Georgia - Tiffany Fallon
- Hawaii - Christy Leonard
- Idaho - Elizabeth Barchas
- Illinois - Rebecca Ambrosi
- Indiana - Sarah McClary
- Iowa - Clarissa Kroese
- Kansas - Kristie Knox
- Kentucky - Jo Pritchard
- Louisiana - Heather Hayden
- Maine - Melissa Bard
- Maryland - Megan Gunning
- Massachusetts - Dana Powell
- Michigan - Kenya Howard
- Minnesota - Anne Clausen
- Mississippi - Melanie Vaughn
- Missouri - Larissa Meek
- Montana - CaCe Hardy
- Nebraska - Sujoing Drakeford
- Nevada - Gina Giacinto
- New Hampshire - Melissa Robbins
- New Jersey - Jeanette Josue
- New Mexico - Jennifer Adams
- New York - Lisa Pavlakis
- North Carolina - Monica Palumbo
- North Dakota - Michelle Guthmiller
- Ohio - Amanda Canary
- Oklahoma - Cortney Phillips
- Oregon - Endia Li Abrante
- Pennsylvania - Jennifer Watkins
- Rhode Island - Yanaiza Alvarez
- South Carolina - Candace Richards
- South Dakota - Beth Lovro
- Tennessee - Lisa Tollett
- Texas - Kandace Krueger
- Utah - Tiffany Seaman
- Vermont - Katy Johnson
- Virginia - Kristel Jenkins
- Washington - Bre Sakas
- West Virginia - Karen Long
- Wisconsin - Kari Jo Dodge
- Wyoming - Heather Jackelen
- 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:
- Sarah McClary (Indiana) - Miss Indiana Teen USA 1995
- Kristel Jenkins (Virginia) - Miss Virginia Teen USA 1995
- Larissa Meek (Missouri) - Miss Missouri Teen USA 1997
- Elizabeth Barchas (Idaho) - Miss Idaho Teen USA 1998
Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title or would later win one were:
- Gina Giacinto (Nevada) - Miss Nevada 1999 (Preliminary Swimsuit award)
- Katy Johnson (Vermont) - Miss Vermont 1999
- Jennifer Glover (California) - Miss California 2002
- Elizabeth Barchas (Idaho) - Miss Idaho 2004 (Non-finalist Interview award)
- Heather Jackelen (Wyoming) - Miss Wyoming 2005
- 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.