United States at major beauty pageants

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This is a list of representatives of the United States and their placements at the Big Four international beauty pageants. The country has won fifteen victories in all four pageants:

  • EightMiss Universe crowns (1954 • 1956 • 1960 • 1967 • 1980 • 1995 • 1997 • 2012)
  • ThreeMiss World crowns (1973 Dethroned • 1990 • 2010)
  • ThreeMiss International crowns (1974 • 1978 • 1982)
  • OneMiss Earth crown (2020)

Hundreds of beauty pageants are conducted yearly, but the Big Four are considered the most prestigious,[1] widely covered and broadcast by media.[2] The Wall Street Journal,[3] BBC News,[4] CNN,[5] Xinhua News Agency,[6] and global news agencies such as Reuters[7] and Agence France-Presse[8][9] collectively refer to the four major pageants as "Big Four" namely: Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.[10][11][12]

The United States franchise holders of the four major beauty pageants are the following:

  • Miss World America — for Miss World
  • Miss USA — for Miss Universe
  • Miss U.S. International – for Miss International
  • Miss Earth United States — for Miss Earth.

United States's Big Four titleholders[edit]

Color Key
  •      Miss Universe winner
  •      Miss World winner
  •      Miss International winner
  •      Miss Earth winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up or Finalist
  •      Ended as one of the Semi-finalists or Quarter-finalists
YEAR MISS UNIVERSE MISS WORLD MISS INTERNATIONAL MISS EARTH
2022 TBA TBA Corrin Stellakis
TBA
TBA
2021 TBA Alissa Anderegg
TBA
Maritsa Platis
TBA
Marisa Butler
TBA
2020 Asya Branch
Top 21
↑ No Pageant Held Lindsey Coffey
WINNER
2019 Cheslie Kryst
Top 10
Emmy Cuvelier
Top 40
Ghazal Gill Emanii Davis
1st Runner-Up
2018 Sarah Rose Summers
Top 20
Marisa Butler
Top 30
Bonnie Walls Yashvi Aware
2017 Kára McCullough
Top 10
Clarissa Bowers
Top 40
Shanel James Andreia Gibau
Top 16
2016 Deshauna Barber
Top 9
Audra Mari
Top 11
Kaitryana Leinbach
4th Runner-Up
Corrin Stellakis
3rd Runner-Up (Assumed)
2015 Olivia Jordan
2nd Runner-Up
Victoria Mendoza Lindsay Becker
4th Runner-Up
Brittany Payne
2nd Runner-Up
2014 Nia Sanchez
1st Runner-Up
Elizabeth Safrit
2nd Runner-Up
Samantha Brooks Andrea Neu
1st Runner-Up
2013 Erin Brady
Top 10
Olivia Jordan
Top 20
Andrea Neu
Top 15
Nicole Velez
Top 16
2012 Olivia Culpo
WINNER
Claudine Book
Top 15
Amanda Delgado
Top 15
Siria Bojorquez
Top 8
2011 Alyssa Campanella
Top 16
Erin Cummins Kristen Little Nicole Kelley
2010 Rima Fakih Alexandria Mills
WINNER
Casandra Tressler Danielle Bounds
Top 14
2009 Kristen Dalton
Top 10
Lisa-Marie Kohrs Aileen Yap Amy Diaz
2008 Crystle Stewart
Top 10
Lane Lindell Kelly Best Jana Murrell
Top 16
2007 Rachel Smith
4th Runner-Up
Abigail McCary
Top 16
April Strong Lisa Forbes
2006 Tara Conner
4th Runner-Up
Brooke Angus × Amanda Pennekamp
Top 16
2005 Chelsea Cooley
Top 10
Lisette Diaz Anna Ward Amanda Kimmel
Top 8
2004 Shandi Finnessey
1st Runner-Up
Nancy Randall
2nd Runner-Up
Amy Holbrook
1st Runner-Up
Stephanie Brownell
2003 Susie Castillo
Top 15
Kimberly Harlan Masielle Otero Jessica Schilling
2002 Shauntay Hinton Rebekah Revels
Top 10
Mary Elizabeth Jones Casey Burns
2001 Kandace Krueger
2nd Runner-Up
Carrie Stroup Eleana Thompson Abigail Royce
Top 10
2000 Lynnette Cole
Top 5
Angelique Breaux
Top 10
Kirstin Cook ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 2001 in Manila, Philippines)
1999 Kimberly Pressler Natasha Allas
Top 10
Jennifer Glover
1998 Shawnae Jebbia
Top 5
Shauna Gambill
Top 10
Susan Paez
1997 Brook Lee
WINNER
Sallie Toussaint
Top 10
Tanya Miller
1996 Ali Landry
Top 6
Kelly Webber Maya Kashak
1995 Chelsi Smith
WINNER
Jill Ankuda Krista Loskota
1994 Lu Parker
Top 6
Kristie Harmon Karen Doyle
1993 Kenya Moore
Top 6
Maribeth Brown
Top 10
Lynette MacFee
1992 Shannon Marketic
Top 10
Sharon Belden
Top 10
Sandra Allen
1991 Kelli McCarty
Top 6
Charlotte Ray
Top 10
Kimberly Byers
1990 Carole Gist
1st Runner-Up
Gina Tolleson
WINNER
Shawna Bouwman
Top 10
1989 Gretchen Polhemus
2nd Runner-Up
Jill Scheffert
Top 5
Deborah Husti
Top 15
1988 Courtney Gibbs
Top 10
Diana Magaňa
Top 10
Dana Richmond
1st Runner-Up
1987 Michelle Royer
2nd Runner-Up
Clotlide Cabrera Paula Morrison
Top 15
1986 Christy Fichtner
1st Runner-Up
Halle Berry
Top 7
Cindy Williams
Top 15
1985 Laura Harring
Top 10
Brenda Denton
2nd Runner-Up
Sarie Joubert
1st Runner-Up
1984 Mai Shanley
Top 10
Kelly Anderson
Top 7
Sandra Percival
1983 Julie Hayek
1st Runner-Up
Lisa Allred
Top 7
Kimberly Bleier
Top 15
1982 Terri Utley
4th Runner-Up
LuAnn Caughey
Top 7
Christie Claridge
WINNER
1981 Kim Seelbrede
Top 12
Lisa Moss
Top 7
Lisa Schuman
Top 15
1980 Shawn Weatherly
WINNER
Brooke Alexander
Top 7
Charissa Ewing
1st Runner-Up
1979 Mary Therese Friel
Top 12
Carter Wilson
Top 15
Anna Rapagna
1st Runner-Up
1978 Judi Andersen
1st Runner-Up
Debra Freeze
Top 15
Katherine Ruth
WINNER
1977 Kimberly Tomes
Top 12
Cindy Miller
4th Runner-Up
Laura Bobbitt
4th Runner-Up
1976 Barbara Peterson Kimberlee Foley Susan Carlson
3rd Runner-Up
1975 Summer Bartholomew
2nd Runner-Up
Annelise Ilschenko Patricia Bailey
3rd Runner-Up
1974 Karen Morrison
Top 12
Terry Browning
4th Runner-Up
Brucene Smith
WINNER
1973 Amanda Jones
1st Runner-Up
Marjorie Wallace
WINNER (Dethroned)
Pia Canzani
1972 Tanya Wilson
Top 12
Lynda Carter
Top 15
Lindsay Bloom
4th Runner-Up
1971 Michele McDonald
Top 12
Brucene Smith
Top 7
Jacqueline Jochims
3rd Runner-Up
1970 Deborah Shelton
1st Runner-Up
Sandra Wolsfeld
Top 15
Randi Blesener
Top 15
1969 Wendy Dascomb
Top 15
Gail Renshaw
1st Runner-Up
Gayle Kovaly
Top 15
1968 Dorothy Anstett
4th Runner-Up
Johnine Avery Karen MacQuarrie
2nd Runner-Up
1967 Sylvia Hitchcock
WINNER
Pamela Pall
Top 15
Pamela Elfast
2nd Runner-Up
1966 Maria Remenyi
Top 15
Denice Blair
Top 7
↑ No Pageant Held
1965 Sue Downey
2nd Runner-Up
Dianna Lynn Batts
1st Runner-Up
Gail Krielow
1st Runner-Up
1964 Bobbie Johnson
Top 15
Jeanne Quinn
Top 16
Linda Taylor
1st Runner-Up
1963 Marite Ozers
Top 15
Michele Metrinko
Top 14
Joyce Bryan
3rd Runner-Up
1962 Macel Wilson
Top 15
Amedee Chabot
Top 8
Carolyn Joyner
4th Runner-Up
1961 Sharon Brown
4th Runner-Up
Jo Ann Odum
Top 7
Jo Ann Dye
1960 Linda Bement
WINNER
Judith Achter
4th Runner-Up
Charlene Lundberg
4th Runner-Up
1959 Terry Huntingdon
2nd Runner-Up
Loretta Powell ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1960 in California, United States and then it was transferred in 1968 in Tokyo, Japan)
1958 Arlene Howell
3rd Runner-Up
Nancy Corcoran
1957 Mary Leona Gage Charlotte Sheffield
1956 Carol Morris
WINNER
Betty Cherry
1st Runner-Up
1955 Carlene King Johnson
Top 15
Margaret Haywood
1st Runner-Up
1954 Miriam Stevenson
WINNER
Karin Hultman
1st Runner-Up
1953 Myrna Hansen
1st Runner-Up
Mary Griffin
4th Runner-Up
1952 Jackie Loughery
Top 10
Tally Richards
4th Runner-Up
1951 ↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1952 in California, United States. and then it was transferred in 1960 in Florida, United States.)
Annette Gibson
↑ No Pageant Held
(established in 1951 in London, United Kingdom.)


× Did not compete
No pageant held

Pageant Placements Best result
Miss Universe 64 Winner Star*.svg (1954 • 1956 • 1960 • 1967 • 1980 • 1995 • 1997 • 2012)
Miss World 50 Winner Star*.svg (1973 Dethroned • 1990 • 2010)
Miss International 32 Winner Star*.svg (1974 • 1978 • 1982)
Miss Earth 13 Winner Star*.svg (2020)
Total 159 15 TITLES

References[edit]

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  3. Jun, Kwanwoo (2003-12-03). "Lost in Storm's Debris: A Beauty Pageant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  4. Amee, Enriquez (2 February 2014). "Philippines: How to make a beauty queen". BBC News. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  5. Cabato, Regine (27 January 2017). "How a country hosts a Miss Universe pageant". CNN. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  6. News, China (3 November 2018). "Myanmar's beauty queen to take part in Miss World pageant 2018 in China". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. News, Reuters (13 December 2013). "The Philippines earns another crown". Reuters. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Joel, Guinto (13 March 2015). "PH Cinderellas 'duck walk' to world stage". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. Joel, Guinto (12 March 2015). "In beauty pageants, Philippines' modern day Cinderellas seize world stage". GMA News Online. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
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  12. Lowe, Aya (2016-01-25). "Philippines' Miss Universe returns home, ignites dreams". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2016-09-11.

See also[edit]

  • Miss USA
  • United States representatives at Miss World
  • Miss U.S. International
  • Miss Earth United States


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