United States representatives at Miss World

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Miss World America
Formation1951; 69 years ago (1951)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersWest Hollywood, California
Location
Membership
Miss World
Official language
English
National Director
Michael Blakey
WebsiteMiss World America Official Website

The United States has continuously sent a representative to Miss World since its inception in 1951. The United States has won the Miss World crown three times in 1973, 1990 and 2010. Currently, Miss World America is the official national pageant that selects the contestant from the United States to Miss World.

The current Miss World America is Alissa Anderegg of New York who was crowned on October 16, 2020.[1][2]

History[edit]

Miss World America 1969

During the mid 1950s, the Miss Universe organisation sent delegates from the Miss USA system to compete at Miss World (1953–57). Alfred Patricelli of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was the Executive Director of the Miss World USA[3] during its existence from 1958 to 1977. From 1958 to 1961, the winner of Miss United States competed at Miss World. Then from 1962 to 1966 Alfred Patricelli organized the Miss USA World pageant annually. In 1967, the pageant was renamed Miss World USA and was held every year until 1977. During this time, Miss World USA 1969 Gail Renshaw was the first person to resign from the title of "Miss World USA" after competing in Miss World 1969 in order to get married. Also in 1973, Marjorie Wallace won the Miss World title and became the first American woman to win the Miss World title.[4] Between 1978 through 1980, BBS Productions, Inc., based in New York City, was given the franchise for the Miss World pageant where Griff O'Neil was the organizer, during this time the pageant was named "Miss World America".

From 1981 to 1991, the Miss Universe organization were the license holders, and the American representative to Miss World ended up being the 1st runner-up of the Miss USA pageant. The Miss World Organization however wanted a public announcement during the finals of the Miss USA pageant that the 1st Runner-up would be going to Miss World, but they refused to do so. Therefore, after 1991 the Miss World Organization did not accept any more Miss USA 1st Runners-up.

From 1992 to 1997, Richard Guy and Rex Holt (GuyRex) were the national directors of Miss World in the United States and organized the Miss World America pageant in 1992, 1993, and 1994.[5] They discontinued the pageant in 1995 but handpicked a representative from 1995 to 1997.[6] In 1998, Hirsh Wilck succeeded GuyRex and became the license holder and sent contestants from 1998 to 2000.[7]

In 2001, the Miss World organization asked Pageantry Magazine to choose a contestant for Miss World 2001 since they did not have a license holder during this year.[8] In 2002, Jean Renard and Miss World Holdings Inc became license holders and handpicked the representative.[9] They dropped the license afterwards due to legal issues with Rebekah Revels, whom they had handpicked to compete in 2002. In 2003, Bruce Vermeulen and Geoff Kearney founded the US Miss World organization.[10] They chose the 2003 representative by mail-in entry and telephone interviews and in 2004 held the US Miss World pageant. In 2005, Barbizon Modeling became the license holders and organized the US Miss World pageant in San Francisco, California.[11]

From 2007-2011, Elite Models were the license holders for Miss World in the United States and they handpicked the representative from their list of models.[12] During this time, it was common to know who was going to represent the United States in Miss World a week or two before the international pageant began. Among their designee was Alexandria Mills who in 2010 became one of the few Miss World winners to have won the international pageant without winning a national pageant. In 2012-2013, Lisa-Marie Kohrs, former 2009 U.S. Representative were the national director and she handpicked from the contestants who had the charity background.[13] It is unknown who was in charge of selecting the contestants in 1951, 1952, and 2006.

In 2014, in an effort from Julia Morley who wanted all national directors to hold a national pageant to select the representative of their country as opposed to only designate, Christopher Wilmer, the organizer of the Miss United States pageant, was appointed as the national director of Miss World in the United States.[14] As a result, the winner of Miss United States 2014 was selected to compete at Miss World because she met the age requirements of the international pageant. In 2015, Wilmer reinstated the Miss World America pageant in order to properly reflect Miss World's age and contest requirements. Miss World America was held in 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, Lynne Scott Safrit and her daughter Elizabeth Safrit, became co-national directors of Miss World in the United States and created America's Miss World and Miss Teen World America.[15]

In 2018, Michael Blakey became national director of Miss World in the United States and will be assisted by Liz Fuller and the pageant went back to being named Miss World America.[16] In 2019, the Miss Teen World America pageant made a return.

Results summary[edit]

Placements in Miss World[edit]

United States holds a record of 49 placements at Miss World, being placed first overall.

Awards[edit]

Titleholders[edit]

This is a list of women who have represented the United States at the Miss World pageant:

Miss World America[edit]

Color key
  •   Declared as Winner
  •   Ended as Runner-up
  •   Ended as one of the Finalists, Semi-finalists or Quarter-finalists
Year Name Age[a] State Represented Hometown Placement at Miss World Notes
1951 Annette Gibson 20  Kentucky Louisville
1952 Tally Richards† 24  New York New York City
1953 Mary Kemp Griffin† 23  South Carolina Florence 5th Runner-up Miss South Carolina 1952, Semi-finalist at Miss America 1953; Miss Myrtle Beach USA 1953, 1st Runner up at Miss USA 1953.
1954 Karin Hultman 22  New York Brighton 1st Runner-up Miss New York USA 1954; originally 2nd Runner-up, later elevated to 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1954.
1955 Margaret Anne Haywood† 20  Arkansas Jonesboro 1st Runner-up Miss Arkansas USA 1955, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1955.
1956 Betty Lane Cherry 20  South Carolina Orangeburg 1st Runner-up Miss South Carolina USA 1956, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1956.
1957 Charlotte Sheffield 21  Utah Salt Lake City Miss Utah USA 1957, Miss USA 1957 (successor).
1958 Nancy Anne Corcoran 23  New York New York City
1959 Loretta Powell 24  Connecticut Stratford
1960 Annette Driggers† 15  New York Freeport Did not compete Driggers was disqualified after she was discovered to be only 15 years old.
Judith Achter 18  Missouri St. Louis 4th Runner-up Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner was disqualified.
1961 Jo Ann Odum 19  West Virginia Huntington Top 7
1962 Amedee Chabot 17  California Los Angeles Top 8
1963 Michele Metrinko 18  New York New York City Top 14 Miss District of Columbia USA 1963, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1963.
1964 Jeanne Quinn 20  New York East Meadow Top 16 Miss New York USA 1963, Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1963; 1st Runner-up at Miss American Beauty 1964.
1965 Dianna Lynn Batts 19  District of Columbia Falls Church, VA 1st Runner-up Miss District of Columbia USA 1965, 4th Runner-up at Miss USA 1965.
1966 Denice Blair 19  Utah Layton Top 7 Miss Utah USA 1966, Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1966.
1967 Pamela Pall 20  California Norwalk Top 15
1968 Johnine Avery 23  Washington Los Angeles, CA
1969 Gail Renshaw 22  Virginia Arlington 1st Runner-up Renshaw was resigned to get married.
Connie Haggard 18  Texas Dallas Did not compete Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner was resigned.
1970 Sandra Wolsfeld 24  Illinois Wheaton Top 15 Miss Illinois USA 1968.
1971 Brucene Smith 20  Texas Port Lavaca Top 7 Miss International USA 1974, Miss International 1974.
1972 Lynda Carter 21  Arizona Tempe Top 15
1973 Marjorie Wallace 19  Indiana Indianapolis Miss World 1973
Lexie Brockway 19  Washington Richland Did not compete Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner won Miss World.
1974 Terry Ann Browning 20  Florida Ormond Beach 4th Runner-up
1975 Annelise Ilschenko 17  Ohio Middleburg Heights
1976 Kimberlee Foley 21  Michigan Southfield
1977 Cindy Miller 20  Virginia Chesapeake 4th Runner-up
1978 Debra Freeze 20  North Carolina Mooresville Top 15
1979 Carter Wilson 23  Virginia Harrisonburg Top 15
1980 Brooke Alexander 17  Hawaii Kailua Top 7
1981 Holli Dennis 21  Indiana Fort Wayne Did not compete Dennis was planned to get married after Miss USA contest; Miss Indiana USA 1981, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1981.
Lisa Moss 23  Louisiana Shreveport Top 7 Later elevated to replace Dennis; Miss Louisiana USA 1981, 2nd Runner-up at Miss USA 1981.
1982 LuAnn Caughey 24  Texas Abilene Top 7 Miss Texas USA 1982, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1982.
1983 Lisa Allred 22  Texas Fort Worth Top 7 Miss Texas USA 1983, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1983.
1984 Kelly Anderson 23  West Virginia Clarksburg Top 7 Miss West Virginia USA 1984, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1984.
1985 Brenda Denton 22  New Mexico Hobbs 2nd Runner-up Miss World Americas; Miss New Mexico USA 1985, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1985.
1986 Halle Berry 20  Ohio Oakwood Top 7 Miss Ohio USA 1986, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1986.
1987 Clotilde Cabrera 23  Florida Tampa Miss Personality Award; Miss Florida USA 1987, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1987.
1988 Diana Magaña 23  California Rancho Palos Verdes Top 10 Miss California USA 1988, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1988.
1989 Jill Scheffert 21  Oklahoma Oklahoma City Top 5 Miss Oklahoma USA 1989, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1989.
1990 Gina Tolleson 21  South Carolina Charleston Miss World 1990 Miss World Americas; Miss South Carolina USA 1990, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1990.
1991 Charlotte Ray 25  New Jersey Camden Top 10 Miss New Jersey USA 1991, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1991.
1992 Sharon Belden 25  Florida Coral Gables Top 10 Miss Florida USA 1992.
1993 Maribeth Brown 23  Massachusetts Holliston Top 10
1994 Kristie Harmon 20  Georgia Conyers Miss Georgia Teen USA 1992.
1995 Jill Ankuda 19  Texas El Paso
1996 Kelly Webber 20  Texas El Paso
1997 Sallie Toussaint 23  New York New York City Top 10 Miss World Americas; Miss Connecticut USA 2000.
1998 Shauna Gambill 22  California Acton Top 10 Miss California Teen USA 1994, Miss Teen USA 1994; Miss California USA 1998, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1998.
1999 Natasha Allas 25  California Los Angeles Top 10 Miss California Teen USA 1992, Top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1992.
2000 Angelique Breaux 22  California San Diego Top 10 Miss California USA 1999, 2nd Runner-up at Miss USA 1999.
2001 Carrie Ann Stroup 19  North Carolina Cashiers
2002 Rebekah Revels 24  North Carolina St. Pauls Top 10 Miss World Talent; Miss North Carolina 2002 (dethroned).
2003 Kimberly Harlan 19  Georgia Marietta Miss Georgia Teen USA 2002, 4th Runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2002.
2004 Nancy Randall 24  Illinois Chicago 2nd Runner-up Miss World Beach Beauty, 1st Runner-up in Miss World People's Choice Award and Top 20 in Miss World Top Model; 1st Runner-up at Miss Earth United States 2006.
2005 Lisette Diaz 22  California Chula Vista
2006 Brooke Elizabeth Angus 24  Vermont Essex Top 20 in Miss World Dress Designer Award and Top 24 in Miss World Sports; Miss Vermont USA 2002.
2007 Abigail McCary 25  Minnesota Minneapolis Top 16 Miss World Sports.
2008 Lane Lindell 18  Florida Tampa Miss World Dress Designer Award, Top 25 in Miss World Beach Beauty and Top 32 in Miss World Top Model.
2009 Lisa-Marie Kohrs 22  California Malibu Top 20 in Miss World Beach Beauty.
2010 Alexandria Mills 18  Kentucky Louisville Miss World 2010 Miss World Americas, 1st Runner-up in Miss World Beach Beauty and 2nd Runner-up in Miss World Top Model.
2011 Erin Cummins 19  Washington Arlington Top 36 in Miss World Beach Beauty.
2012 Claudine Book 20  California Malibu Top 15 2nd Runner-up in Beauty with a Purpose, Top 25 in Miss World Talent and Top 56 in Miss World Top Model.
2013 Olivia Jordan 24  Oklahoma Tulsa Top 20 1st Runner-up in Miss World Top Model; Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, Miss USA 2015, 2nd-Runner up at Miss Universe 2015.
2014 Elizabeth Safrit 22  North Carolina Kannapolis 2nd Runner-up Miss World Americas, Miss World Multimedia, Top 5 in Miss World Talent and Top 32 in Miss World Sports; Miss United States 2014.
2015 Victoria Mendoza 20  Arizona Phoenix Top 25 in Beauty with a Purpose, Top 25 in Miss World People's Choice Award and Top 30 in Miss World Talent.
2016 Audra Mari 22  North Dakota Fargo Top 11 Miss World Americas, Top 24 in Beauty with a Purpose, Top 24 in Miss World Sports and Top 50 in Miss World People's Choice Award; Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011, 1st Runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2011; Miss North Dakota USA 2014, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 2014.
2017 Clarissa Bowers 20  Florida Umatilla Top 40
2018 Marisa Butler 24  Maine Standish Top 30 Miss World Sports and Top 18 in Miss World Talent; Miss Maine USA 2016.
2019 Emmy Rose Cuvelier 23  South Dakota Collins, IA Top 40 Top 27 in Miss World Talent and Top 32 in Miss World Sports.
2020 Alissa Anderegg[2] 26  New York New York, NY TBD TBD

Notes:

  • † Now deceased

By number of states[edit]

States Titles Years
 California 9 1962, 1967, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2012
 New York 8 1952, 1954, 1958, 1960[b], 1963, 1964, 1997, 2020
 Texas 6 1969[b], 1971, 1982, 1983, 1995, 1996
 Florida 5 1974, 1987, 1992, 2008, 2017
 North Carolina 4 1978, 2001, 2002, 2014
 Washington 3 1968, 1973[b], 2011
 South Carolina 1953, 1956, 1990
 Virginia 1969, 1977, 1979
 Arizona 2 1972, 2015
 Oklahoma 1989, 2013
 Kentucky 1951, 2010
 Illinois 1970, 2004
 Georgia 1994, 2003
 Ohio 1975, 1986
 West Virginia 1961, 1984
 Indiana 1973, 1981[b]
 Utah 1957, 1966
 South Dakota 1 2019
 Maine 2018
 North Dakota 2016
 Minnesota 2007
 Vermont 2006
 Massachusetts 1993
 New Jersey 1991
 New Mexico 1985
 Louisiana 1981
 Hawaii 1980
 Michigan 1976
 District of Columbia 1965
 Missouri 1960
 Connecticut 1959
 Arkansas 1955
  1. ^ Age when competed at Miss World
  2. ^ a b c d Took over or held the title for a brief period of time after the original winner resigned or before they were dethroned, and thus did not compete at Miss World.

Winners' gallery[edit]

Miss Teen World America[edit]

Year Name Age[a] State Represented Hometown Notes
No contest between 1951-2016
2017 Gracen Grainger[17] 17  South Carolina Clemson Later Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2020 and Top 16 semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 2020.
2018 No contest in 2018
2019 Madison Walker 17  North Carolina Garner
2020 Rachel Roberts 13  Maryland TBA
  1. ^ Age when competed at Miss Teen World America

By number of states[edit]

States Titles Years
 North Carolina 1 2019
 South Carolina 2017
 Maryland 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miss World". www.missworld.com. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  2. ^ a b "Miss World America". Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  3. ^ "Miss World USA Pageant". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  4. ^ Miss World 1973
  5. ^ The American representatives to Miss World 1978-1994
  6. ^ GuyRex, license holder of Miss World 1995 to 1997
  7. ^ Hirsh Wilck, license holder of Miss World 1998 to 2000
  8. ^ Pageantry Magazine and Miss World 2001
  9. ^ Miss World Holdings, license holders of Miss World 2002
  10. ^ US Miss World 2003 and 2004
  11. ^ Barbizon Modeling, license holders of Miss World 2005
  12. ^ Elite Models selecting who will represent the U.S. at the Miss World Pageant.
  13. ^ Kohrs was National Director for 2012-2013 and first woman to hold national franchise license
  14. ^ Christopher Wilmer, the organizer of the Miss United States pageant was the new national director of Miss World in the United States
  15. ^ http://www.americasmissworld.org
  16. ^ http://www.timesofbeauty.com/2018/03/new-national-director-of-miss-world-in.html
  17. ^ "Miss World America & Miss Teen World America 2017". Retrieved 2020-05-08.

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