One of the most memorable Miss USA pageants ever. Records were definitely made. First the winner was New Mexico's Mai Shanley. Shanley became the first Eurasian delegate to win the title. She is also the first and so far only Miss USA from New Mexico. She was also Miss New Mexico 1983, where she competed at Miss America 1984. She did not place in that pageant. However one year later she won the Miss New Mexico USA title and went on to win Miss USA! Miss Shanley is also one of only five women who won the Miss USA title after competing at Miss America. What is the most notable however is that she actually beated out 52 other women to win the crown. In today's pageant there are only 51 women representing the 50 states and DC competing but in 1984 there were two additional contestants. They were Miss Teen USA 1983 Ruth Zakarian of New York and Miss Teen USA 1984 Cherise Haugen of Illinois. Both did not place at that pageant but bought the number of delegates up to 53. It was also for the first time ever that two Miss Teen USAs competed against each other. It was also for the first time evevr that there was a new format in the pageant. The number of semifinalists went from 12 to 10 and then to a top 5. The pageant was helded in Lakeland, Florida for the first time ever. There are also other records which we will discuss soon.
Parade Of States:
Miss Photogenic was won by a Miss Texas USA again (like in 1983). This time Laura Shaw took the honors. Miss Amity was won by Miss New Hampshire USA, Diane Gadoury and Best State Costume went to Miss Arizona USA, Daria Sparling. Now a days, the introductions have changed a lot. There are no more state costumes and each delegate is pre recorded on stage in Tadashi. The swimsuit preliminary scores are also no longer seen unlike this one:
Note: Miss District of Columbia, Steffanee Leaming placed 29th in swimsuit but went on to make the top 10!
Top 10 Semifinalists:
Like the parade of states, we might no longer see the average preliminary scores of each delegate.
1st: 9.008 West Virginia
2nd: 8.981 Oregon
3rd: 8.917 Illinois
4th: 8.913 New Mexico
5th: 8.791 North Carolina
6th: 8.715 Texas
7th: 8.616 Oklahoma
8th: 8.564 Tennessee
9th: 8.483 District of Columbia
10th: 8.422 Missouri
Miss West Virginia USA, Kelly Anderson was the preliminary winner. Interview Competition:
Who ranked the highest in interview? The winner was Miss New Mexico USA, Mai Shanley. Her interview was very funny. Miss Missouri USA's interview was impressive also.
1st: 9.533 New Mexico
2nd: 9.465 West Virginia
3rd: 9.311 Missouri
4th: 9.244 District of Columbia
5th: 9.166 North Carolina
6th: 9.088 Illinois
7th: 9.040 Oregon
8th: 8.877 Tennessee
9th: 8.744 Oklahoma
10th: 8.277 Texas
Next up came the Swimsuit Competition:
1st: 9.300 New Mexico
2nd: 9.277 West Virginia
3rd: 9.211 Tennessee
4th: 9.014 District of Columbia
5th: 9.011 Illinois
6th: 8.922 Missouri
7th: 8.822 North Carolina
8th: 8.687 Oregon
9th: 8.588 Texas
10th: 8.522 Oklahoma
Once again Miss New Mexico USA, Mai Shanley was the leader in this round.
Evening Gown Competition:
Evening Gown Scores:
1st: 9.454 West Virginia
2nd: 9.422 New Mexico
3rd: 9.400 District of Columbia
4th: 9.333 Oregon
5th: 9.055 Missouri
6th: 9.055 Tennessee
7th: 9.022 North Carolina
8th: 8.966 Illinois
9th: 8.944 Texas
10th: 8.853 Oklahoma
Miss West Virginia USA, Kelly Anderson was the evening gown winner. Miss Oklahoma USA, Julia Murdock placed 10th again like her swimsuit competition, placing her 9th overall and thus eliminating her from the top 5. Before the top 5 was announced, here is a musical number by Tommy Tune and Twiggy:
Top 5 Announcement:
Average Scores Of Top 10 and who made the top 5 (in blue): 1st: 9.418 New Mexico
2nd: 9.399 West Virginia
3rd: 9.219 District of Columbia
4th: 9.096 Missouri
5th: 9.048 Tennessee
6th: 9.022 Illinois
7th: 9.020 Oregon
8th: 9.003 North Carolina
9th: 8.706 Oklahoma
10th: 8.603 Texas
Back to some records. For the first time only three Miss America state titleholders made the top 5. One of them is Desiree Denise Daniels. Miss Daniels was Miss Tennessee 1982 and competed at Miss America 1983, where she was 2nd runner up. A fellow contestant there was Miss West Virginia 1982, Kelly Anderson who did not even make the top 10. However in Miss USA, both made the top 5. Miss Anderson went on to beat Miss Daniels at Miss USA. Miss Daniels also became only the 3rd woman to make the top 5 at Miss America and Miss USA. More discussion on that later.
A final question was also asked to each delegate. Miss DC USA came out first, then Miss New Mexico USA, Miss West Virginia USA, Miss Tennessee USA, and Miss Missouri USA. The question was asked by host Bob Barker: "If you were chosen Miss USA, you'll be a Miss Universe contestant. What would you most want to tell the other contestants about your home country, the USA." This round of competition was very important and effected a lot of final placements. Some delegates who ranked higher after interview, swimsuit, and evening gown fell after the final question. Each of their responses can be heard after the top 5 announcement on the video above.
Miss USA 1984 Final Results:
Winner: Mai Shanley - Miss New Mexico USA
1st runner up: Kelly Lea Anderson - Miss West Virginia USA
2nd runner up: Desiree Denise Daniels - Miss Tennessee USA
3rd runner up: Sandy Percival - Miss Missouri USA
4th runner up: Steffanee Leaming - Miss District of Columbia USA
6th place: LaVonne Misselle - Miss Illinois USA
7th place: Debbie Epperson - Miss Oregon USA
8th place: Cookie NoakNorth - Miss North Carolina USA
9th place: Laura Shaw - Miss Texas USA
10th place: Julia Murdock - Miss Oklahoma USA
Back to how the final question changed the results. Miss Shanley had the highest overall top 10 score after the three final rounds of competition. No change there. Miss Anderson was also 2nd coming into the top 5 and so as Miss Missouri USA so no change there. However Miss DC USA, Steffanee Leaming was third into the top 5 but went down to fifth. Her spot was taken by Miss Tennessee USA, Desiree Denise Daniels. Miss Daniels was also 1st runner up at Miss America 1983 and now 2nd runner up at Miss USA, making her the 3rd woman to place in the top 5 at both pageants. The first one to achieve this record was Miss North Carolina 1972 and Miss North Carolina USA 1975, Constance Ann Dorn. Miss Dorn was 1st runner up at Miss America 1973 and 2nd runner up at Miss USA 1975, similar to Miss Daniels. Both of their placements are currently the highest at both pageants. The 2nd woman to make the top 5 at both pageants is Miss Pamela Rigas, Miss Alabama USA 1980 and Miss Ohio 1983. Miss Rigas went on to place as 3rd runner up at Miss USA 1980 and 4th runner up at Miss America 1984. The 4th woman is Miss Stephanie Culberson. Miss Culberson placed as 2nd runner up at Miss America 2002 and 4th runner up at Miss USA 2004, representing Miss Tennessee 2001 and Miss Tennessee USA 2004. No woman has yet to surpass Miss Dorn and Miss Daniels's records at both pageants.
Many pageant fans have stated that the Miss USA 1984 pageant, the 33th edition of the Miss USA pageant was a success. A fantastic group of delegates and semifinalists and records made the pageant memorable. The pageant's new format also boosted up the ratings and increased Miss Shanley's popularity. Months later Miss Shanley proudly represented USA at Miss Universe 1984 also helded in Florida but not Lakeland. In the pageant she placed 6th in the preliminaries but placed 10th overall after placing 9th in interview, 8th in swimsuit, and 9th in evening gown. Here is a video of her at Miss Universe:
(For more, search for Miss Universe 1984 at YouTube). After one year, her reign ended and she took her final walk at Miss USA 1985. 22 years later, she is still remembered as one of the best Miss USAs ever. The memorable Miss USA 1984 pageant. Videos courtesy of Zarly, Socal0123, and Benkscheihing. Scores courtesy of Pageant Almanac.
It has been a long time since there was update in this page. Since it's May 21st today, let's talk about the Miss Universe 1993 pageant.
Miss Universe 1993:
Fourteen years has passed really fast. Miss Universe 1993, Dayanara Torres is now married to Marc Anthony and is a famous actress. And so is Miss USA, Kenya Summer Moore. Who would have forgetted the 1993 pageant? Though I was only 2 years old, but after watching clips of the pageant on Youtube, I thought it was really memorable. First it was the third time that the pageant was held in Mexico. It was also the first time it was held in Mexico's capital, Mexico City. Seventy nine contestants competed and 18 year old Dayanara Torres won the crown. Nobody excepted her to win. The pageant was filled with controversy. Pageant fans wondered how did Miss Torres manage to win though her average score after the semifinals was 4th? Miss Torres placed 6th, 5th, and 6th in the swimsuit, evening gown, and interview competitions. However contestants from Colombia, Australia, and Venezuela placed higher than Miss Torres in all 3 competitions. Miss Torres was not in any leading position in the three competitions mentioned above, so fans question how Miss Torres catched up. Miss Colombia, Paula Betancourt was well liked by Jose Luis Cuevas, one of the judges. Paula is also one of 3 consecutive first runner ups at Miss Universe (from 1992-1994). Miss Torres was also suspected of being 17 during the time of the pageant. However Miss Torres did turn 18 months before the pageant. During the final walk, the crown nearly fell off as Miss Torres's head was too small. Besides the controversy of Miss Torres, Miss USA, Kenya Summer Moore was greatly booed thoughtout the competiton. How did it started? As the top ten were announced one by one, the Mexicans were disappointed that in the end the tenth semifinalist was Miss Venezuela not Miss Mexico. From the preliminary scores seen during the intros, Miss Mexico placed 12th during the preliminaries. Just two spots from the top 10. Had there been a top 15 back then, Misses Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, Iceland and Netherlands would have made it. The exclusion of Miss Mexico into the top 10 angered the Mexican audience. For about 5 minutes after the announcement of the top 10, the Mexican audience booed and protested. Miss USA, Kenya Moore was targeted especially. In every competition, she was booed by the rude Mexicans. Kenya handled this smoothly and calmly as she successfully made it into the top 6. Kenya eventually finished 5th and was the second African American to represent Michigan and USA at Miss Universe. The first African American Miss USA to compete at Miss Universe was 1990's Carole Gist. The Mexican audience also shouted and booed to other delegates. This event shocked the world the day afterwards. I sincerly hope not to see this happen this year. However after the incident yesterday during the national costume competition where Miss USA, Rachel Smith was booed like how Kenya was 14 years old ago. Anything can happen. I doubt that Miss Mexico, Rosa Maria Ojeda will be excluded in the top 15. She has the beauty to win. However if Mexico is not heard in the any of the 15 names next week, don't be surprise with Mexicans booing at Rachel Smith. Here are the results of the Miss Universe 1993 pageant:
Miss Universe 1993: Miss Puerto Rico Universe, Dayanara Torres
First runner up: Miss Colombia Universe, Paula Betancourt
Second runner up: Miss Venezuela Universe, Milka Chulina
The top 6 finalists were (from 4th to 6th place): Misses Australia, India, and USA.
The top 10 semifinalists were (from 7th to 10th place): Misses Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, and Spain.
Delegates that placed 11th to 20th place were: Misses Peru, Mexico and Jamaica tied for 12th, Iceland, Netherlands, Sweden, Chile, Romania, Denmark, and Nicaragua.
Special Awards: Miss Congeniality: Miss Ghana
Miss Photogenic: Miss Spain
Best National Costume: 1st: Miss Norway, 2nd: Miss Lebanon, 3rd: Miss Turkey
Miss International, once the third largest beauty pageant in the world, is now fourth, after Miss Earth. It used to be called, "The International Beauty Pageant," in the old days. It was started in 1960 in Long Beach, California, which was also the starting point for Miss Universe in 1952. The winners of the pageant also act as Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty, promoting world peace, goodwill, and understanding.
The First Miss International:
The first Miss International is Miss Colombia's Stella Araneta. She is currently the organizer of The Binibining Pilipinas Organization, sending Filipino representives to Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International. A interesting note was that Stella won the pageant by half a point! She was also a semifinalist at Miss Universe.
Moving on the Tokyo, Japan:
In the 1968's Miss International pageant, Long Beach, California wasn't the host site, it was Tokyo, Japan. That year's winner was Brazil's Maria Carvalho, who was the first Brazilian to win the crown. Another interesting note was she placed 3rd to Martha Vasconcellos, winner of Miss Brasil 1968, also Miss Universe 1968. From then on the pageant was held in Japan every year, with the exceptions of 1971 (in Long Beach, California) and 2004 (where Beijing, China was also a host site).
The most winners:
Miss International isn't a quite unpredictable pageant compared to Miss World, however no country won over 4 crowns, compared to The United States (in Miss Universe) and Miss World (India and Venezuela). The most titles won by a country is Venezuela and Philippines. Venezuela has 4 winners in 1985, 1997, 2000, and 2003. As for Philippines they won in 1964, 1970, 1979, and last year. Out of all these winners, no one was a Black, until Colombia's Jeymmy Paola Vargas won the 2004 title. Will there be a 2nd Black to win Miss International? Will there be a 5th winner from Venezuela or The Philippines? We're find out next month.
Miss USA started in 1952, where Miss Teen USA started in 1983, 31 years later. No Miss USA winner has ever participated at Miss Teen USA, but there has been 7 Miss Teen USAs at Miss USA. None of them won. Only Miss Teen USA 1989, Brandi Sherwood inherited Brook Lee, the original Miss USA 1997 to win. Brandi is the only Miss Teen USA and Miss USA winner. One close to succeeding her was Shauna Gambill. She represented California at Miss Teen USA and won but placed 1st runner up at Miss USA 1998. Also surprsingly, Miss Teen USA 1992, Jamie Solinger was at Miss USA 1998 representing Iowa. She was unplaced. Another Miss Teen USA winner to place at Miss USA was Kelly Hu. She made the top 5 of the Miss USA 1993 pageant representing Hawaii.
The Old Days
Miss USA 1998 wasn't the first pageant to greet two Miss Teen USAs. Miss USA 1984 was the first one. In Miss USA 1984, Miss Teen USA 1983 and 1984 represented "Miss Teen USA" at the pageant. Both were unplaced. Same as Allison Brown, Miss Teen USA 1986 at 1987's pageant. 1984's Miss USA pageant makes history as the only Miss USA pageant to have 53 delegates, 1987 with 52. Too bad we won't see this happen again as the delegates must win their state titles from now in order to compete at Miss USA.
Everybody knows, Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner as a teen beauty too. She participated at Miss Teen USA 2002 and took 2nd runner up. Now that she won Miss USA, she would participate at Miss Universe, being only one of the six women who participated at all three of these pageants. Miss Ali Landry, Kimberly Pressler, Lynnette Cole, Susie Castillo, and Chelsea Cooley were the other 5. I also want to note out of all these 5 women, Miss USA 2000, Lynnette Cole made the top 5 out of MTUSA and Miss Universe. Miss Cole is so far the highest placing delegate out of these 6 women. The most unsuccessful is Miss Kimberly Pressler. She placed 45th at MTUSA 1994 and 19th at MU 1999. With that said, so far Tara is the women who might beak Cole's record. She placed 3th at Miss Teen USA, won Miss USA, so if she places in the top 5 of Miss Universe, she would be over Cole's record. Also like Kimberly, Susie and Chelsea both didn't place at their Miss Teen USA pageants. However, I need to note they were really close (see table below). Anyway, congratulations to Tara on breaking Cole's record by placing 5th at Miss Universe!
Placement at Miss Teen USA
Placement at Miss USA
Placement at Miss Universe
Louisana, Ali Landry
1990, 7th, Top 10 only.
1996, 6th, Top 6 only.
New York, Kimberly Pressley
1994, 45th place, no top 10.
1999, 19th place, no top 10.
Tennessee, Lynnette Cole
1995, 4th place, Top 6 only.
2000, 5th place, Top 5 only.
Massachusetts, Susie Castillo
1998, 13th place, no Top 10.
2003, Top 15 semifinalist.
North Carolina, Chelsea Cooley
2000, 11th place, no Top 10.
2005, Top 10 finalist.
Kentucky, Tara Elizabeth Conner
2002, Second runner up.
2006, 4th runner up.
Updated 4/5/06: Miss Universe 1987
Held in beautiful city, Singapore, the Miss Universe 1987 pageant gathered over 68 nations around the world. From different parts of the world, Miss Chile, Cecilia Carolina Frank won the 36th Miss Universe crown. Miss International 1987, Miss Laurie Tamara Rivera (Puerto Rico) finished as 4th runner up. Mostly importantly countries like Argentina, British Virgin Islands, Guam, Greenland, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong, Portugal, Senegal, Wales, and more as of 2005 aren't competing.
Also it is very rarely to see the contestants in national costumes on stage and introducing themselves.
That year there was also a Miss HK Universe pageant (one year only) to elect HK's representive to the Miss Universe pageant. The winner, Miss Lily Chung also bagged the Miss Aura award. She represented HK at the 1987 Miss Universe pageant, placing 20th in the preliminaries. That's really good! Other HK representives that place close include, MSHK 1989, Monica Chan, who placed 23th and MSHK 1979, Olivia Cheng, who placed 21st! The most closest HK contestant to make the top 10 would have been MSHK 1977, Loletta Chu who placed 16th, just missing the semifinalists by 6 spots and 1 spot if there were a top 15 list back then.
The pageant was held on May 26, 1987 in Singapore. 68 nations participated and Miss Chile won the crown. Awards that were given include Miss Amity or Miss Congeniality that was won by Miss Honduras. Best National Costume was won by Miss Brazil, with Colombia winning Miss Photogenic.
Miss Universe 1987 results:
Winner: Miss Chile, Cecilia Carolina Fonck
1st RU: Miss Italy, Roberta Capua
2nd RU: Miss USA, Michelle Royer
3rd RU: Miss Venezuela, Ines Maria Rodriguez
4th RU: Miss Puerto Rico, Laurie Tamara Rivera
Top 10 semifinalists: Misses Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, and Turks&Caicos.
To view the show of the Miss Universe 1987, please visit: .
Updated 3-10-06: The successful Miss Hong Kong 1987 year.
Miss Hong Kong 1987, Pauline Yeung (left), 1st RU, Elizabeth Lee (left two), 2nd RU, Lam Wing Han (right two), and Miss Popularity, Besty Cheung (right).
1987, the most memorable Miss Hong Kong year. Also the 15th anniversary, 1987 was the most unforgettable year. There were many reasons to that. First, the batch was very beautiful, Second, 2 new awards were presented: Miss International Goodwill and Miss Popularity. Third of all, this was the first year that the contestants went outdoor shooting. Fourth was the little number of contestants. At first, there were 22 contestants, but later, 3 withdrew, #4, Cheung Shun Ho (due to an spranked ankle), #21, Lee Wai-Yee (eye infection), and last but not least, #3, hot press favorite, Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching (due to pressure and issue with the plastic surgery). This made an record for the leastest number of contestants in the finals (11) and the most withdrew in a Miss HK pageant (3). The last most memorable reason was the award winners' performance at international pageants.
Before we talk about their pageant results in international pageants, we'll talk about the 1987 finals. That year, the new award, Miss International Goodwill was presented by Sir Run Run (Chairman of TVB) and Pauline Yeung (Miss Hong Kong 1987) won the award. Pauline and the audience weren't excited though, because everybody thought that the award was a consolation. However, when both 1st and 2nd runner ups (both favorites) were placed, everybody was confused who would win. However, when Pauline won, everybody went crazy (). Clips courtesy of TVB.
After that, all the winners competed at international pageants. First, 2nd runner up, Lam Wing-Han competed at Miss International 1987, and bagged the Miss Photogenic award. She is so far the only Miss HK contestant to win the Miss Photogenic award. Next came, Miss Popularity 1987, Betsy Chueng who competed in the Miss All Nations 1989 pageant (discontinued now) and again, took Miss Photogenic. After that, Miss HK 1987, Pauline Yeung traveled to London to compete in the Miss World 1987 pageant, and made the top 12 semifinals! She is the 2nd and so far last contestant produced by TVB to make an international pageant (first being Maggie Cheung, 1st runner up of MSHK 1983). She also took the Queen of Asia title. After that 1st runner up, Elizabeth Lee participated at Miss Wonderland 1988 and made the top 15! However, it wasn't easy for her. During the day before the final night, her Mo Chuk Tin national costume disappeared! She was forced to wear a green qipao. Later after the finals, when Elizabeth returned to her hotel room, her costume laided on the floor! The reason is still unknown, but I think it had some relationship with ATV. Why? Cause, ATV also sended a representive to the pageant, but later withdrew due to embrassment (the Miss Wonderland Organization named her Miss Kowloon). Maybe they didn't want her to do good and took her costume?
After that came, TVB's 2nd semifinalist at Miss Universe. She is MSHK 1987, Pauline Yeung. After her amazing performance at Miss World 1987, she competed in Taipei for the Miss Universe 1988 crown, and took 4th runner up. She is the 1st one to be called in the top 10 and 2nd in the top 5. Her performance was talked about everywhere in HK afterwards, but was criticized because 3 of the other top 5 were Asians. However her success at representing HK at international pageants will not be forgetten.
All of the beauty queens today are married. Pauline Yeung married to a president of one of an Las Vegas hotel. She now owns Luk Fok Jewerly store in Hong Kong. She helped designed the Miss HK 2003, 2004, 2005 crown. Elizabeth Lee married to a president of Eva Air of Taiwan and gave birth to a twin (boy and girl). Just recently she did a commerical for a slimming company. The 2nd runner up, Wing left the entertainment industry after her a few years of acting. She said on the preshow of Miss HK 2002, that she really missed them all. However, she wanted to learn and study in a young age and be educated. She left and was married in the US, and currently resides in Los Angeles. She recently appeared in the 2002 Miss HK finals and announced 1st runner up, Victoria Jolly into the top 5. Some were surprised at how chubby she changed because she was slim and fit when she left to the US. Miss Popularity, Betsy now lives in Malaysia and recently was interviewed on her experience in Miss HK 1987 on the preshow of Miss HK 2002.
Miss HK 1987 results: Winner/ Miss International Goodwill: #19, Pauline Yeung. 1st runner up/ Miss Photogenic: #20, Elizabeth Lee. 2nd runner up: #14 Lam Wing-Han. Miss Popularity: #10 Betsy Cheung. Semifinalists: #1 Janet Lee, #3 Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching (withdrew), #6 Lam Wai-Mui, #8 Kelly Wan Lai-Yin, #9 Joanne Wong, #11 Ng Yuen-Shum, #16 Canary Wong, #18 Poon Qi-Ling, and #22 Cheung Shuen-Mei.
Non semifinalists: #2 Wong So-Po, #4 Cheung Shun-Ho (withdrew), #5 Shooky Kwan, #7 Wong Yuk, #10 Betsy Cheung, #12 Cheng Wai-Ka, #13 Lam Siu-Heung, #15 Tsang Siu-Yin, #17 Lam Man-Lai, and #21 Lee Wai-Yee (withdrew).
International pageant results: Miss HK 1987, Pauline Yeung: Miss World 1987 top 12 semifinalist and Queen of Asia, and Miss Universe 1988 4th runner up. 1st runner up, Elizabeth Lee: Miss Wonderland 1988 top 15 semifinalist. 2nd runner up, Lam Wing-Han: Miss International 1987, Miss Photogenic. Miss Popularity, Betsy Cheung: Miss All Nations 1989, Miss Photogenic.
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Updated on 2/23/06: Miss Texas wins the Miss USA crown for 5 consecutive years.
Upabove: The Miss USA Crown worn by the offical winner at the final night starting in 2003.
The Texas Aces
In Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA, pageants owned by the Miss Universe Organization, both Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA have no country or state that have won back to back (consecutive). Only in Miss USA, it happened. During 1977, Miss Texas (Kimberly Tomes) won the first Miss USA crown. However in 1985 (8 years later), the second Miss USA crown was won by Laura Herring, also Miss Texas, and that's when the 5 year consecutive win began. Then from 1986-1989, Misses Christy Fichtner, Michelle Royer, Courtney Gibbs, and Gretchen Polhemus, all from Texas won the Miss USA crown, making it a five consecutive win. From the 6 winners, nobody won Miss Universe, with only, the 1995 Miss USA winner, Chelsi Smith won, with Miss USA 1987, 1989, and 2001 placing 3rd at Miss Universe, and Miss USA 1986 placing 2nd at Miss Universe.
Miss USA (Miss Texas's) performance at Miss Universe:
1977: top 12 at Miss Universe 1977, 1985: top 10 at Miss Universe 1985, 1986: 1st runner up at Miss Universe 1986, 1987: 2nd runner up at Miss Universe 1987, 1988: top 10 at Miss Universe 1988, 1989: 2nd runner up at Miss Universe 1989, 1995: Miss Universe 1995, and 2001: 2nd runner up at Miss Universe 2001.