Miss Texas USA

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Miss Texas USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Houston
Location
Membership
Miss USA
Official language
English
Website Official website

The Miss Texas USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Texas in the Miss USA pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. The current titleholder is Nancy Gonzalez of Freeport.[1]

Nine Miss Texas USA titleholders have won the Miss USA title and one, Chelsi Smith, has been crowned Miss Universe. In the 1980s Texas won the Miss USA title five consecutive years from 1985 to 1989, a streak known as the "Texas Aces".[2] Prior to this no state had ever won the Miss USA pageant more than two times in succession.[3] Past state directors have included Richard Guy and Rex Holt, "GuyRex" and Al and Gail Clark of "The Crystal Group".[4][5][6][7]

The pageant is currently held in Houston and has previously been hosted by El Paso, San Antonio, South Padre Island, Lubbock and Laredo.[6][8][9][10][11][12] It was televised from 1971 to 2009.[5][9][13]

Contestants enter by winning local pageants or may choose to compete "at large" with an assigned title. [9][14] In 2001 a record number of former Miss Texas Teen USA winners, six, competed for the Miss Texas USA 2002 title.[13]

Results summary

  • Miss USA: Kimberly Tomes (1977), Laura Martinez Herring (1985), Christy Fichtner (1986), Michelle Royer (1987), Courtney Gibbs (1988), Gretchen Polhemus (1989), Chelsi Smith (1995), Kandace Krueger (2001), Crystle Stewart (2008).
  • 1st runners-up: Carelgean Douglas (1959), Diane Balloun (1964), Brenda Lynn Box (1971), Luann Caughey (1982), Lisa Allred (1983), Ylianna Guerra (2015).
  • 2nd runners-up: Barbara Horan (1978), Nicole O'Brian (2003).
  • 3rd runners-up: Betty Lee (1954), Ana Rodriguez (2011).
  • 4th runners-up: Jo Dodson (1956), Aundie Evers (1975), Alexandria Nugent (2013).
  • Top 5: Holly Mills (1998)
  • Top 6: Christine Friedel (1994), Amanda Little (1997)
  • Top 10: Laura Shaw (1984), Kara Williams (1996), Lauren Lanning (2006), Magen Ellis (2007), Brooke Daniels (2009), Brittany Booker (2012).
  • Top 11: Katie Young (1992)
  • Top 12: Lavonne McConnell (1973), Candace Gray (1976), Anne Hinnant (1979), Barbara Buckley (1980), Diana Durnford (1981), Stephanie Kuehne (1990), Angie Sisk (1993), Kasi Kelly (2002).
  • Top 15: Joan Bradshaw (1953), Mary Daughters (1955), Gloria Hunt (1957), Linda Daugherty (1958), Jackie Williams (1962), Phillis Johnson (1965), Dorothy Pickens (1966), Bonnie Robinson (1967), Sandy Drewes (1969), Diane Swendeman (1970), Stephanie Guerrero (2004), Tyler Willis (2005).

Awards

  • Miss Congeniality: Diane Swendeman (1970), Chelsi Smith (1995)
  • Miss Photogenic: Susan Peters (1972), Lisa Allred (1983), Laura Shaw (1984), Tyler Willis (2005)
  • Best State Costume: Lavonne McConnell (1973), Kimberly Tomes (1977), Barbara Horan (1978)
  • Best in Swimsuit: Chelsi Smith (1995)

Winners

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Local Title Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes Photo
2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
2017 Nancy Gonzalez Freeport Miss Kemah 27 Competed in Nuestra Belleza Latina 2010
2016 Daniella Rodriguez[15] Laredo[15] Miss Central Webb County 19 Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2013
2015 Ylianna Guerra[16] McAllen Miss Tropics of Texas 22 1st runner-up
2014 Lauren Guzman[17] Laredo[17] Miss Central Laredo 24 Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2008 Lauren Guzman, Miss Texas USA.jpg
2013 Ali Nugent Dallas Miss North Texas 19 4th runner-up Fan Vote Winner
2012 Brittany Booker Friendswood Miss Houston 21 Top 10
2011 Ana Rodriguez Laredo Miss Central Laredo 24 3rd runner-up
2010 Kelsey Moore El Paso Miss El Paso 19
2009 Brooke Daniels[12] Tomball Miss Harris County 22 Top 10
2008 Crystle Stewart[18] Missouri City Miss Fort Bend County 26 Miss USA 2008 Top 10 at Miss Universe 2008 Crystle Stewart 2014.jpg
2007 Magen Ellis[19] Tyler Miss Houston[19] 19 Top 10 Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2004 (Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2004)
2006 Lauren Lanning Friendswood Miss Houston 22 Top 10
2005 Tyler Willis Lubbock Miss Central Plains 25 Top 15 Miss Photogenic
2004 Stephanie Guerrero Lake Jackson Miss Houston 23 Top 15 Stephanie Guerrero headshot.jpg
2003 Nicole O'Brian Friendswood Miss Bay Area 20 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2000 (1st Runner-up & Best in Swimsuit at Miss Teen USA 2000) and a contestant on The Amazing Race 5
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2002 Kasi Kelly Bridgeport Miss DFW 20 Semi-finalist
2001 Kandace Krueger Austin Miss Austin 24 Miss USA 2001 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 2001 KandaceKrueger1cropped.jpg
2000 Heather Ogilvie[20] Houston Miss Southeast Texas 22
1999 Carissa Blair Houston Miss Southeast Texas 23 Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 1992
1998 Holly Mills San Antonio Miss San Antonio 22 Top 5
1997 Amanda Little Wylie Miss Metroplex 20 Top 6
1996 Kara Williams Houston Miss Harris County 23 Top 10 Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 1991 (Top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1991)
1995 Chelsi Smith Deer Park Miss Galveston County 21 Miss USA 1995 Miss Congeniality and Best in Swimsuit Miss Universe 1995; first biracial Miss Texas USA.[14]
1994 Christine Friedel El Paso Miss El Paso 22 Top 6
1993 Angie Sisk Houston Miss Fort Bend County 21 Top 12
1992 Katie Young Fort Worth Miss Fort Worth 19 Top 11
1991 Chris Bogard Tomball Miss North Harris County 23
1990 Stephanie Kuehne[21] Missouri City Miss Houston 22 Top 12 Miss Wonderland 1989
1989 Gretchen Polhemus[22] Fort Worth[22] Miss Fort Worth 23 Miss USA 1989 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 1989
1988 Courtney Gibbs[8] Fort Worth Miss Metroplex 21 Miss USA 1988 Top 10 at Miss Universe 1988
1987 Michelle Royer[23] Keller[23] Miss Keller[23] 21 Miss USA 1987 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 1987 MichelleRoyer.jpg
1986 Christy Fichtner Dallas Miss Dallas County 23 Miss USA 1986 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1986 ChristyFichtner.jpg
1985 Laura Martinez Herring[24] El Paso Miss El Paso County 21 Miss USA 1985 Top 10 at Miss Universe 1985; first Hispanic Miss Texas USA[25] Laura Harring 2011.jpg
1984 Laura Shaw[26] Burleson Miss Burleson 19 Top 10 Miss Photogenic
1983 Lisa Allred[27][28] Fort Worth[28] Miss Fort Worth 20[28] 1st runner-up Miss Photogenic Miss World USA 1983 & 6th runner-up at Miss World 1983 Lisa Allred Miss Texas USA 1983.png
1982 Luann Caughey[29] Abilene[29] Miss Abilene[29] 22[29] 1st runner-up Miss World USA 1982 & 4th runner-up at Miss World 1982
1981 Diana Durnford[30][31] El Paso[31] Miss Sun City[31] 21[31] Top 12
1980 Barbara Buckley Midland Top 12
1979 Anne Hinnant[32] Houston Miss Harris County[32] Top 12
1978 Barbara Horan Dallas 2nd runner-up Best State Costume
1977 Kimberly Tomes Houston 21 Miss USA 1977 Best State Costume Top 12 at Miss Universe 1977, 1st runner up at Miss World USA 1974
1976 Candace Gray[33] El Paso Top 12 Died in a scuba diving accident in 1981[34]
1975 Aundie Evers El Paso 4th runner-up
1974 Debra Cronin McDade
1973 Lavonne McConnell[35] Fort Worth 19 Top 12 Best State Costume
1972 Susan Peters[36] Austin Miss Photogenic
1971 Brenda Lynn Box Amarillo 1st runner-up
1970 Diane Swendeman San Antonio Top 15 Miss Congeniality
1969 Sandy Drewes Dallas Top 15
1968 Jeannie Wilson Dallas
1967 Bonnie Robinson Houston Top 15
1966 Dorothy Pickens Edinburg Top 15
1965 Phillis Johnson Houston Top 15
1964 Diane Balloun Houston 1st runner-up
1963 Cheryl Wilburn Houston
1962 Jackie Faye Williams Waxahachie Miss Lake Whitney Top 15
1961 Sheila Wade Dallas Miss Lake Whitney
1960 Pat Cloud Houston
1959 Carelgean Douglas Houston 1st runner-up
1958 Linda Daugherty Houston Top 15
1957 Gloria Hunt Houston Top 15
1956 Jo Dodson Houston 4th runner-up
1955 Mary Daughters Houston Top 15
1954 Betty Lee Houston 3rd runner-up
1953 Joan Bradshaw Houston Top 15
1952 Charlene McClary Houston

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

References

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  35. ^ "Yoakum Entry Named Runner-up". The Victoria Advocate. 1973-04-15. 
  36. ^ "Miss Texas Universe named in San Antonio Competition". The Victoria Advocate. 1972-04-17. 

External links

  • Official website
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