Miss Teen USA

Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. The reigning titleholder is Danielle Doty of Texas.

The pageant was first held in 1983 and has been broadcast live on a succession of channels, most recently on NBC from 2003-2007. In March 2007 it was announced that the broadcast of the Miss Teen USA pageant on NBC had not been renewed, and that Miss Teen USA 2007 would be the final televised event.[1]

Notable pageant winners include actresses Kelly Hu (1985—Hawaii), Bridgette Wilson (1990—Oregon), Charlotte Lopez-Ayanna (1993—Vermont) and Vanessa Minnillo (1998—South Carolina).



The Miss Teen USA pageant was created in 1983 as a sister pageant to the Miss USA system. The first pageant was held in Lakeland, Florida in August, 1983 and was won by Ruth Zakarian of New York. The pageant moved to April the following year, and then was held in January the next two years. It was held in July from 1988–1990 and has been held in August since 1991. The most common host city was Biloxi, Mississippi which hosted the pageant from 1990–1994, which caused problems in 1992 when the conclusion of the live broadcast was delayed because of Hurricane Andrew. Other frequent host cities have been South Padre Island, Texas (1997, 2001–2002), Shreveport, Louisiana (1998–2000) and Palm Springs, California (2003–2004, 2006).

Competition rounds

Prior to the final telecast the delegates compete in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown.

During the final competition, the semi-finalists are announced and go on to compete in swimsuit and evening gown. From 1983 to 2002 all semi-finalists also competed in an interview competition as well as both swimsuit and evening gown, followed by one or two final interview questions. In 2003, a new format was introduced where the top fifteen competed in evening gown, the top ten competed in swimsuit and the top five competed in the final question. In 2006, the order of competition was changed where the top fifteen competed in swimsuit and the top ten in evening gown. The latest competition format was used since 2008 the final not broadcast on TV, where the top fifteen both competed in swimsuit and evening gown, and the top five competed in the final question who all signed up by a panel of judges.


Year Miss Teen USA State represented Age Host city Pageant date
2011 Danielle Doty  Texas 18 Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas July 16
2010 Kamie Crawford  Maryland 17 Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas July 24
2009 Stormi Henley Flag of Tennessee.svg Tennessee 18 Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas July 31
2008 Stevi Perry Flag of Arkansas.svg Arkansas 18 Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas August 16
2007 Hilary Cruz Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado 18 Pasadena, California August 24
2006 Katie Blair Flag of Montana.svg Montana 18 Palm Springs, California August 15
2005 Allie LaForce Flag of Ohio.svg Ohio 16 Baton Rouge, Louisiana August 8
2004 Shelley Hennig Flag of Louisiana.svg Louisiana 17 Palm Springs, California August 6
2003 Tami Farrell Flag of Oregon.svg Oregon 18 Palm Springs, California August 12
2002 Vanessa Semrow Flag of Wisconsin.svg Wisconsin 17 South Padre Island, Texas August 28
2001 Marissa Whitley Flag of Missouri.svg Missouri 18 South Padre Island, Texas August 22

Winners gallery


Map of Miss Teen USA-winning states as of 2007: red (3 titles) and blue (1).
This map shows the number of times a state has placed as a finalist in Miss Teen USA pageants as of 2006


  • The pageant's viewership peak was hit in 1988, when the pageant averaged over 22 million viewers on CBS. Even as recently as 1999, the show managed to bring in over 10 million viewers. The 2006 airing was the second lowest rated in the pageant's 23-year history, with only 5.6 million viewers watching the live broadcast (the lowest: 2004, with 5.34 million).[2] It is rumored that the 2007 telecast (25th Anniversary, scheduled for August 24, 2007) will be the last time Miss Teen USA is aired live on TV, at least on NBC. Since 2009, it has been broadcast over the internet on Ustream. While the 2008 pageant was held, untelevised, on August 16, 2008, one factor that prevented NBC from participating was its prime time commitment to the 2008 Summer Olympics. More information regarding the status of the national pageant, as well as the direction state pageants may choose to take, should be forthcoming.[citation needed]
  • The 1984 pageant was held so close to the 1983 pageant that not every state had time to hold its 1984 state pageant. As a result, a disclaimer appeared at the end of the telecast stating that each of the contestants had been "a winner or a runner-up" in her state pageant.

Crossovers with Miss USA

Miss Teen USA 1985 Kelly Hu became a model and a TV and film actress.
(Photo taken April 17, 2002.)

Miss Teen USA at Miss USA

In the early years of Miss Teen USA, three winners represented the title "Miss Teen USA" at Miss USA. The three queens were: Ruth Zakarian (1983), Cherise Haugen (1984), and Allison Brown (1986). This also made history because the Miss USA 1984 pageant had 53 delegates, the most ever in a Miss USA pageant. In 1987, Miss Teen USA 1986, Allison Brown participated in the 1987 Miss USA pageant. All three failed to make the cut at their respective Miss USA pageants.

Only in the three years mentioned above did Miss Teen USAs automatically gain representation at Miss USA. From 1988, if the Miss Teen USA winners want to compete at Miss USA, they first must win a Miss USA state crown. A total of seven Miss Teen USA winners have participated at Miss USA, with four winning their state Miss USA crowns first. The first of these was Kelly Hu, Miss Teen USA 1985, who won the Miss Hawaii USA 1993 title and represented Hawaii at Miss USA 1993. She finished as a finalist. The next was Jamie Solinger, Miss Teen USA 1992. She took the Miss Iowa USA 1998 title but failed to make the cut at the Miss USA pageant. Only two Miss Teen USAs have made the top 3 of Miss USA. Brandi Sherwood, Miss Teen USA 1989 won the Miss Idaho USA 1997 title. Succeeding Kelly, she took 1st runner up and later inherited the Miss USA crown, when Brook Mahealani Lee of Hawaii won Miss Universe 1997. She is the only Miss Teen USA winner to hold the title Miss USA. Shauna Gambill was close in winning the Miss USA 1998 title, but placed 1st runner up to Shawnae Jebbia, Miss Massachusetts USA 1998. However, to date is has never happened that the same woman had won the 2 separate pageants oficially.

There have been two years when two Miss Teen USAs participated at Miss USA. The first was 1984, when Miss Teen USA 1983 and Miss Teen USA 1984 participated, the second was 1998, when Jamie Solinger competed as Miss Iowa USA but went unplaced, and Shauna Gambill competed as Miss California USA and placed first runner-up.

The first Miss Teen USA not to win a Miss USA state pageant on her first attempt was Christie Lee Woods, Miss Teen USA 1996, of Texas, who placed third runner-up in the Miss Texas USA 2002 pageant. She would also become the first Miss Teen USA to compete for, but never win a Miss USA state title (she also placed as a semi-finalist in 2003 and 2004). The second Miss Teen USA who did not win a Miss USA state title on her first attempt was Ashley Coleman, Miss Teen USA 1999, of Delaware, who competed in the Miss California USA 2006 pageant and finished third runner-up. She is the first Miss Teen USA winner to compete in a different state from that where she won her Miss Teen USA crown. Tami Farrell, Miss Teen USA 2003, competed at Miss California USA 2009 as Miss Malibu USA, but failed to win the crown, placing first runner-up to Carrie Prejean. Farrell competed at Miss Teen USA as Miss Oregon Teen USA, and was one of the only Miss Teen USA's to try for the state crown outside of the state she represented for Miss Teen USA. In a span of only two years later, Miss Teen USA 2006, Katie Blair also competed at Miss California USA 2011. Representing the state of Montana at Miss Teen USA 2006, Blair is only the third Miss Teen USA to compete in a state other than the state she competed in Teen. Similarly to Coleman and Farrell, Blair placed 1st runner up in the pageant, to Alyssa Campanella, who also competed in Miss Teen USA representing another state. Campanella went on to win Miss USA 2011.

Miss Teen USA state delegates at Miss USA

A large number of Miss Teen USA state delegates have won Miss USA state titles and competed at Miss USA. Most held both titles in the same state, but a number have held titles from two states. From 1996, many former Miss Teen USA delegates have gone on to win the Miss USA crown. Out of the eight former teens which won the crown outright, seven competed for Miss USA in the state they won their Teen title and one represented a different state.

They are:

Miss USA 2009 was the first Miss USA pageant since 1994 where no former Miss Teen USA state titleholders made the semi-finals.

See also


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