Miss USA Universe – Fascinating Facts!

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Alabama – Camellia State

In July 1967, Sylvia Hitchcok, defeated Miss Venezuela, Mariela Balaguer, and was named Miss Universe in Miami, FL. She was the first American to win a MU title since 1960. Alabama’s Miss Universe Sylvia Hitchcok visited South America in late 1967.

Alaska – The Last Frontier

In 1990, Miss Alaska, Karin Elizabeth Meyer made the top six in the American contest in Wichita, Kansas. Alaska — the biggest State in America — has never won a national beauty pageant.

Arkansas – The Razorback State

In May 1982, Terri Utley brought the Miss USA title to Arkansas for the first time. Shortly thereafter, Peru’s magazine “Gente” had put Miss USA 1982 ,a voracious reader, in the top of its list of favorites to win the Miss Universe 1982 in Lima, Peru. Miss Utley, one of the world’s most intelligent beauty queens, placed làm bằng đại học in the global competition. In Peru, Utley was one of the two finalists from North America.

California – Golden State

The state of California is home to a number of world-famous beautiful girls, among them Lucie Arnaz, Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley, and Linda Gray, but Miss California did not even make the semi-finals in 1952 and 1956. In the late 50s and 60s, it won two American awards. In the mid-70s, Summer Robin Bartholomew, Miss California earned the national title. During Miss Universe 1975, she and Colombia’s Lucia Echeverry were jointly award the Miss Photogenic title. In addition to the Photogenic Prize, Miss USA 1975, 23-year-old, made the top five in San Salvador,El Salvador.

District of Columbia – American Rose

DC — the smallest territory in America – has won more Miss USA awards than Florida, Maryland, Arizona and New Mexico. In 1964, Bobbie Johnson became Miss United States and then competed in the Miss Universe contest in Florida, where she made the top 15. In the early 2000s, Shauntay Hinton won the national title in Gary (Indiana), but she did not make even the semi-finals in the Miss Universe competition in San Juan de Puerto Rico.

Hawaii -Aloha State

Between 1962 and 1997, Hawaiian representatives picked up a total of four Miss U.S. titles: 1962 (Macel Wilson), 1972 (Tanya Wilson), 1978 (Judy Anderson) and 1997 (Brook Mahealani Lee).

Iowa – Hawkeye State

Thanks to Carol Morris, Miss Iowa, the States won the internationally-recognized Miss Universe Contest in 1956, the second time an American woman had triumphed there.

Maryland – Old Line State

America’s swimmer Michael Phelps, a sports icon on Earth, was one of the judges of the Miss U.S.A Universe Competition in Baltimore (Maryland) in 2005.

Minnesota – Gopher State

Miss United States 1976, Barbara Peterson, a native of Edina (Minnesota), did not advance past the first round in the MU competition in Hong Kong. Minnesota’s Peterson was the first American to be eliminated in the preliminaries at the Miss Universe Pageant. She won the American title in Niagara Falls, NY.

Missouri -Show Me State

Shandi Finnessey placed first in the global event in Quito, Ecuador. Before that event, she had been crowned Miss U. S. Universe in Los Angeles, CA.

New York – Empire State

In the late 70s, New York’s contestant Mary Therese Friel earned the national beauty pageant, but in May 1981,New York, Miss Universe City 1981, could not compete in the Miss USA Universe in Biloxi, MS. Miss New York, Deborah Fountain, had been disqualified in the Miss United States Pageant. Why? She had padded her swimsuit top in the preliminaries. It was one of the most embarrassing episodes of the Miss New York Pageant. For the first time, a Miss Universe City did not take part in the national beauty pageant.

North Carolina – Old North State

NC has won two titles in Miss USA history: 2005 (Chelsea Cooley) & 2009 (Kristen Dalton).

Pennsylvania – Keystone State

On May 22, 1971, Pennsylvania’s delegate Michelle MacDonald, a blonde girl, earned the American prize in Miami Beach, FL. Meanwhile, Miss Texas, Benda Lyn Box, was first runner-up and Miss Arizona, Susan Elizabeth Pottenger, finished third. Miss Missouri, Nancy Rebecca Rich, and Miss Kentucky, Patricia Barnstable, also were finalists. MacDonald, a native of Buttler, was one of the 15 semi-finalists in the MU contest.

South Carolina -Palmetto State

South Carolina has produced many top beauty queens: In 1954,Miriam Stevenson was crowned MU in Long Beach, California, and then, 26 years later, Shawn Weatherly, who studied at South Carolina State University, became the fifth American citizen to win the universal award in Seoul, South Korea. Miss South Carolina 1980, a blue-eyed girl, qualified to compete for the Miss Universe title by defeating Miss Arizona, Jineane Ford, in the Miss United States finals.

Utah -Beehive State

Linda Bement, former Miss Utah, made unexpected international headlines in 1960 when she won the universal title. In addition to this, Utah has won two Miss USA trophies.

Virginia – Old Dominion

In the late 60s and early 70s, Virginia won the Miss U.S. Universe title two years in succession. Miss USA 1970, Deborah Shelton, was runner-up to Miss Universe in Miami, FL.

Alejandro Guevara Onofre: Freelance writer. Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry. He’s studied political science and journalism. ‘I have a passion for Third World countries’, he says.’Little information has been published in the world about Third World’s sports, democracy, education and heroes. I am especially proud to be an advocate for Third World”.

He has written several online articles and essays on countries (‘Fascinating Facts About Vietnam’), Olympic Games (‘Olympic Games-Basic Facts’, ‘Olympic Nations-Who’s Who”, ‘Olympic Facts-Female Athletes’), humanities (‘Amazing Facts About Mexico & Mexicans’), foreign affairs (‘Fidel Castro is not Augusto Pinochet’, ‘Haitian History’), and sports (‘Facts About China’s Sports’, ‘Interesting Facts About Qatar’s Sports’). Futhermore, Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latin America.

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