The Miss California Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of California in the Miss Teen USA pageant. This pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization, owned by William Morris Endeavor (also known as WME).
The most successful Miss California Teen USA was Shauna Gambill, who won the Miss Teen USA crown in 1994. She later became the only Californian teen to cross over to the Miss California USA crown. At Miss USA 1998, Gambill placed first-runner up to Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts, in what is widely considered to be one of the closest and most controversial decisions in recent years. She was later named Miss World USA 1998 and was a semi-finalist at the 1998 Miss World pageant.
Recently, Cassidy Wolf became the second Miss Teen USA from the state of California, when she won the Miss Teen USA 2013 pageant on August 10, 2013 in the Bahamas.
In the 1980s, the pageant was directed by Richard Guy and Rex Holt, who also oversaw the Miss California USA, Miss Texas USA and Miss Texas Teen USA pageants. They lost the contract in 1990, when it came up for renewal. The pageant was later directed by Carolee Munger, K2 Productions and is currently directed by Top 10 Productions, Inc. At the beginning K2 Productions was directed by former Miss Teen USA 1995 Keylee Sue Sanders and Keith Lewis. Top 10 Productions, Inc. is led by Pam Wilson and Alex Kuty who have been heavily involved with pageant for many years. During the Munger era, the pageant was held in Fresno in early September, but after K2 Productions took over the state the 2006 pageant was staged in Palm Springs and the 2007 event in San Rafael. Currently under the direction of Top 10 Productions, Inc. the pageant has found a new home with recurring events in Long Beach, California.
Miss California Teen USA titleholders have been invited to red-carpet movie premieres, such as that for Santa Clause 3 attended by Kylee Lin, and She's the Man, attended by Jessica Powell.