Miss Colorado USA
The Miss Colorado USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Colorado in the Miss USA pageant. The event was held in Loveland from 2006 to 2008 (2007-2009 titles) and moved to Greeley in 2010.
From 1993 to 2006, the Miss Colorado USA state pageant was directed by Carol Hirata and the Carlton Group. In 2007, it was taken over by Future Productions, which also directs the state pageants for Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Colorado has been one of the less successful states at Miss USA, having not had a finalist since 1963 until Jessica Hartman finished third runner-up in 2010. They have, however been successful with other awards, being one of only four states to have been awarded Miss Photogenic twice.
Two Miss Colorado USA winners were former Miss Colorado Teen USA titleholders and four were former Miss America contestants. One of Colorado's winners Katee Doland has all three state titles: Miss Colorado Teen USA, Miss Colorado USA and Miss Colorado America. The 2002 and 2003 Miss Colorado USA titleholders had previously held Miss Colorado titles in the same order in subsequent years.
- Third runner-up: Rhea Looney (1963), Jessica Hartman (2010)
- Top 10: Debbie James (1989), Tiani Jones (2000), Marybel Gonzalez (2012)
- Top 15: Jeanie Carroll (1953), Dorothy Jane Bewley (1955), Karen Keeler (1956), Diane Lee Gardner (1959), Penny Jo James (1962), Susan Hawkins (1969)
- Miss Congeniality: Diane Knaub (1971), Crystal Grove (1998)
- Miss Photogenic: Katee Doland (2001), Susan Hawkins (1969)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2016||Caley-Rae Pavillard||Castle Rock||22||Triple crown winner; Previously Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2008 and Miss Colorado Teen USA 2011, top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2011|
|2015||Talya Tanzania Polee||Denver||26|
|2012||Marybel Gonzalez||Denver||24||Top 10|
|2011||Blair Griffith||Lakewood||22||Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2006, Later Miss Grand USA 2013|
|2010||Jessica Hartman||Pueblo||19||3rd runner-up||Later Miss Intercontinental 2011 and Miss Missouri 2014|
|2009||Patrice Williams||Colorado Springs||22|
|2008||Beckie Hughes||Grand Junction||21|
|2007||Keena Bonella||Grand Junction||21|
|2005||Lauren Cisneros||Castle Rock||23|
|2003||Erin MacGregor||Vail||26||Previously Miss Colorado 1999|
|2002||Keely Coe Gaston||Morrison||24||Previously Miss Colorado 1998|
|2001||Katee Doland||Arvada||20||Miss Photogenic||Triple Crown winner, previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1998 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 1998 and later Miss Colorado 2003; Former Denver Broncos cheerleader; Current publicist for the Miss Colorado pageant and director of the Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen pageant under her married name, Katee Mink|
|2000||Tiani Jones||Aurora||23||Top 10|
|1998||Michelle Stanley||Littleton||Previously Miss Colorado 1996|
|1993||Janna Durbin||Golden||Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1989|
|1991||Melanie Ness||Fort Morgan|
|1990||Michelle Harrison||Conifer||2nd runner up in Miss Oktoberfest 1990|
|1989||Debbie James||Denver||21||Semi-finalist||Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 1985 and Winner of Miss Oktoberfest 1989|
|1987||Polly Kuska||Fort Bliss|
|1985||Lynnette Jessen||Denver||Previously Miss Colorado 1981|
|1983||Lisa Gay Trujillo||Denver|
|1977||Mary Anne Genzel||Denver|
|1971||Diane Knaub||Denver||Miss Congeniality|
|1969||Susan Hawkins||Colorado Springs||Semi-finalist||Miss Photogenic|
|1964||Did Not Compete|
|1963||Rhea Looney||3rd runner-up|
|1961||Did Not Compete|
|1959||Diane Lee Gardner||Semi-finalist|
|1957||Mary Linda Clapham|
|1955||Dorothy Jane Bewley||Semi-finalist|
^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
- "Will Miss Colorado Teen USA hail from Eagle County?". Vail Daily. 2007-10-24.
- "Greeley to hold the Miss Colorado USA and Teen pageants". The Tribune. 2009-06-10.
- Wyrick, Randy (2002-11-27). "Beauty that extends to the soul".
- "Contact Us". Retrieved July 10, 2010.