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Miss North Carolina USA

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Formation  1952
Headquarters  Charlotte
Membership  Miss USA
Name  Miss Carolina
Type  Beauty pageant
Location  North Carolina
Official language  English
Miss North Carolina USA

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The Miss North Carolina USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state North Carolina in the Miss USA pageant. This state is part of the RPM Productions group.


In 2005, Miss North Carolina USA Chelsea Cooley won the Miss USA crown and placed in the top 10 at Miss Universe. Cooley is the first former Miss North Carolina Teen USA to win the Miss title, although not the first to have competed at Miss Teen USA. The second Miss North Carolina Teen USA to win the Miss title was Erin O'Kelley in 2007. She went on to place in the top 15 at Miss USA 2007. Similar to the Miss Utah USA titleholders, both Cooley and Kelley placed at Miss USA, eclipsing their teen performances. In 2009, Kristen Dalton became the second woman from North Carolina to be crowned Miss USA.

Two Miss North Carolina USAs have also competed at Miss America.


  • Winners: Chelsea Cooley (2005), Kristen Dalton (2009)
  • 1st Runners-up: none
  • 2nd Runners-up: Constance Ann Dorn (1975), Lynn Jenkins (1994), Ashley Puleo (2004)
  • 3rd Runners-up: Lyndia Ann Tarlton (1960)
  • 4th Runners-up: Marcia Burton (1974)
  • Top 6: Pat Arnold (1991)
  • Top 10: Cookie Noak (1984), Rhonda Nobles (1986), Ashley Love-Mill (2013)
  • Top 11: Tess Elliott (1992)
  • Top 12: Deborah Ann Falls (1972), Dianne Jamerson (1979)
  • Top 15: Erin O'Kelley (2007)
  • Top 16: Shirley Bagwell (1956)
  • Awards

  • Miss Photogenic: Pat Arnold (1991)
  • Miss Congeniality: Vera Morris (1998) and Monica Palumbo (2001)
  • Winners

    Color key

    1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


    Miss North Carolina USA Wikipedia