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Miss Virginia USA

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Formation  1952
Headquarters  Richmond
Membership  Miss USA
Type  Beauty pageant
Location  Virginia
Official language  English
Miss Virginia USA

The Miss Virginia USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Virginia in the Miss USA pageant.


Virginia has been only moderately successful in terms of number of semi-finalists. They have had two Miss USAs. They are one of only three states to have had two Miss USAs in succession (the others being Illinois and Texas). Virginia's greatest success came from the late 1960s to early 1980s. Virginia should have had the first Miss USA crown in 1954, as Ellen Whitehead finished 1st runner-up, and Miss USA 1954, Miriam Stevenson, became Miss Universe 1954. However, there was no rule until the 1960s that the 1st runner-up became Miss USA after the winner won Miss Universe. If that was true, 2nd runner-up, Miss New York USA, Karin Hultman would have become Miss USA 1954, as Ellen was disqualified due to being underage.

Nine Miss Virginia USA winners have previously held the Miss Virginia Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Virginia currently holds the record for the most Miss Teen USA state winners to win a Miss USA state title from the same state; it is second to Miss Indiana USA for crowning the most former teens. Two Miss winners have also competed at Miss America.

Results summary

  • Miss USA: Wendy Dascomb (1969), Deborah Shelton (1970)
  • 1st runners-up: Ellen Whitehead (1954), Patricia Southall (1994)
  • 2nd runners-up: Samantha Casey (2010)
  • 4th runners-up: Sheryl Lynn Herring (1977)
  • Top 10: Meredith Blankenship (1998), Kellie Lightbourn (1999), Lauren Barnette (2007), Desiree Williams (2016)
  • Top 11/12: Brenda Joyce Miller (1971), Linda McKee (1975), Robin Shadle (1978), Betsy Bott (1979), Pam Hutchens (1981),Sondra Dee Jones (1982), Marsha Ralls (1987), Brandi Bottorff (1992),
  • Top 15: Laurie Burke (1968), Maegan Phillips (2009), Laura Puleo (2015)
  • Top 20: Arielle Rosmarino (2014)
  • Awards

  • Miss Congeniality: Kimberly Nicewonder (1989)
  • Miss Photogenic: Elizabeth "Betty" Karen Kallmyer (1967), Deborah Shelton (1970), Brenda Joyce Miller (1971), Sondra Dee Jones (1982), Patricia Southall (1994), Audra Wilks (1997)
  • Best in Swimsuit: Patricia Southall (1994)
  • Winners

    Color key

    1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


    Miss Virginia USA Wikipedia