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Miss Teen USA 1998

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Date  August 17, 1998
Broadcaster  CBS, KSLA
Entertainment  N'Sync
Miss Teen USA 1998
Presenters  Mario Lopez, Ali Landry and Julie Moran
Venue  Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana
Winner  Vanessa Minnillo South Carolina

Miss Teen USA 1998, the 16th Miss Teen USA pageant, was televised live from Shreveport, Louisiana on 17 August 1998. At the conclusion of the final competition, Vanessa Minnillo of South Carolina was crowned by outgoing queen Shelly Moore of Tennessee.


The pageant was hosted by Mario Lopez with color commentary by Ali Landry and Julie Moran. Landry held the Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1990, Miss Louisiana USA 1996 and Miss USA 1996 titles, making the semi-finals at Miss Teen USA 1990 pageant before winning Miss USA 1996.

During the pageant there was entertainment by N'Sync.


  • Miss Teen USA 1998: Vanessa Minnillo (South Carolina)
  • The runners-up were:
  • 1st runner-up: Bridgett Jordan (Tennessee)
  • 2nd runner-up: Victoria Franklin (Nevada)
  • The other top five finalists were (in order of placement): Gina DeBernardi (Wyoming), Misty Horn (Virginia)
  • The remaining semi-finalists were (in order of placement): Christie Cole (Texas), Nicole Broderick (Florida), Nicole Manske (Illinois), Jennifer Reel (Mississippi), Katee Doland (Colorado)
  • Special awards

  • Miss Congeniality: Vanessa Minnillo (South Carolina)
  • Miss Photogenic: Nicole Broderick (Florida)
  • Style Award: Susie Castillo (Massachusetts)
  • Best in Swimsuit: Vanessa Minnillo (South Carolina)
  • Scores

         Winner      First Runner-up      Second Runner-up      Five Finalists

    Historical significance

  • This was only Wyoming's second placement, after Emily Earnst placed first runner-up to Kelly Hu in 1985.
  • Nevada placed for the first time since 1983, this was also only their second placement. No other Nevada teen has bettered Victoria Franklin's placement, although Helen Salas equalled it when she placed second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2004. Franklin was Miss Nevada USA at the time, Salas' sister titleholder.
  • Mississippi placed for the first time since 1994.
  • Vanessa Minnillo became the first Miss Congeniality winner to also win the pageant. She also got the highest score ever in any semifinal: 9.96 in swimsuit.
  • Florida won the Miss Photogenic award for the third consecutive year, a first in the history of the pageant. Nicole Broderick was Florida's first semi-finalist since 1995, and no other Florida teen would place until Jennifer Wooten made the top fifteen at Miss Teen USA 2006.
  • Delegates

    The Miss Teen USA 1998 delegates were:


  • Tim Brando
  • Tara Lipinski
  • Austin O’Brien
  • Jonny Moseley
  • Sarah Schwab
  • Jill Stuart
  • Trivia

  • Vanessa Minnillo and Mario Lopez would later host together the 2007 Miss Universe pageant
  • Miss New York Linsay Fredette is the sister of BYU and NBA player Jimmer Fredette.
  • References

    Miss Teen USA 1998 Wikipedia

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