Miss USA 2002

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Miss USA 2002
Miss USA 2002 opening titles.jpg
DateMarch 1, 2002
PresentersDeion Sanders, Ali Landry
EntertainmentSara Evans
VenueGenesis Convention Center, Gary, Indiana
WinnerShauntay Hinton
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia
CongenialityMeredith McCannel
Montana Montana
PhotogenicShannon Ford
Florida Florida
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Miss USA 2002, the 51st Miss USA pageant, was held at Genesis Convention Center in Gary, Indiana on March 1, 2002.[1] The event was won by Shauntay Hinton of the District of Columbia, who was crowned by outgoing queen Kandace Krueger of Texas.

This was the last Miss USA show to be aired on CBS. Beginning with the next Miss USA pageant, NBC assumed co-ownership of the pageant along with Donald Trump, and as a result began televising the pageant.

Hinton was the first African-American woman to win the pageant since Chelsi Smith held the title in 1995, and was the first titleholder from District of Columbia since 1964.



Map showing placements by state
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2002
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 12

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Best in Swimsuit

Final competition scores[edit]


The Miss USA 2002 delegates were:

Historical significance[edit]

  • This became the first win for the District of Columbia in 38 years, when Bobbie Johnson won Miss USA 1964.
  • Kansas equaled its highest placement at Miss USA since 1996.
  • Indiana had its highest placement since 1981.
  • Minnesota had its highest placement since 1977.
  • Connecticut placed for the first time since 1969 and had its highest ranking since 1966.
  • This is the first time in pageant history that four delegates in the Top 5 were African-American.
  • This is the second year in a row and third time since 1995 a Miss Teen USA state delegate did not win or inherit the Miss USA title.
  • Two Triple Crown winners, women who have held state titles for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America, were in the pageant.

Swimsuit controversy[edit]

Controversy erupted over the choice of swimsuits for the swimsuit final competition. Six of the 51 delegates chose an all-red one-piece, while the rest wore a two-piece option. The New York Post reported one contestant, Tarah Marie Peters of California, had points deducted by one judge because of her choice of a one-piece suit, thus eliminating her from the top five contestants. She was the only one of the top twelve who wore the one-piece option.[2]


Ten delegates had previously competed in either the Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants, including the two Triple Crown winners who had competed in both. One delegate later won a Miss America state title.

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:

Delegates who participate in other beauty pageant later are:

  • Brooke Elizabeth Angus (Vermont) - Representative of United States in Miss World 2006.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://press.missuniverse.com/listanevent.php?events=185&section=archives
  2. ^ "The Insiders: The Post takes you behind the locker-room doors". New York Post. 2002-04-14. p. 90. Retrieved 2007-01-11.

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