Miss Alabama USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Alabama.

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

Alabama is one of the more successful and (recently) consistent states at Miss USA. Although they have had a number of runners-up, finalists and semi-finalists, they have only had one Miss USA. Even more successfully, Sylvia Hitchcock, Miss USA 1967, went on to win the Miss Universe title. Two Miss Alabama USA titleholders have placed first runner-up to winners from California: Candace Michelle Brown was first runner-up to Shannon Marketic in 1992; Pamela Flowers was first runner-up to Summer Bartholomew in 1975.

Three Miss Alabama USA titleholders were former Miss Alabama Teen USAs. Of these three, two placed better in the Miss competition than they did as teens.

Winners

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2015 Madison Guthrie Birmingham 20 Top 11
2014 Jesica Ahlberg Selma 23
2013 Mary Margaret McCord Gadsden 22
2012 Katherine Webb Phenix City 23 Top 10
2011 Madeline Mitchell Russellville 22 2nd runner-up
2010 Audrey Moore Birmingham 20 Top 10, finished in 7th at Miss USA 2010 Miss Photogenic
2009 Rachel Philippona Dothan 19
2008 Keisha Walding Dothan 24
2007 Rebecca Moore Vestavia Hills 19 Miss Photogenic Previously 1st runner-up to Miss Alabama Teen USA 2006
2006 Haleigh Stidham Birmingham 23 Top 10, finished 6th at Miss USA 2006
2005 Jessica Tinney Birmingham 21 Previously 1st runner-up to Miss Alabama Teen USA 2002
2004 Tara Darby Birmingham 22 Top 10
2003 Michelle Arnette Dothan 25 1st runner-up
2002 Tara Tucker Birmingham 23 Top 12, Finishing in 9th Place overall Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1997
2001 Laura Hoffman Birmingham 20
2000 Jina Mitchell Trussville 22 2nd runner-up
1999 Doree Walker
1998 Paige Brooks Mobile
1997 Autumn Smith Chelsea 22 Top 10, finished 8th at Miss USA 1997 Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1993
1996 Benita Brooks 25
1995 Anna Mingus Enterprise Previously Miss Alabama Teen USA 1988, 4th runner up at Miss Teen USA 1988
1994 Malaea Nelms Florence
1993 Toni Johnson Montgomery First African-American Miss Alabama USA
1992 Candace Michelle Brown Auburn 1st runner-up
1991 Candy Carley Mobile Top 11, finishing in 8th place Had her crown and clothes bought in preparation for the Miss USA pageant stolen from her car prior to the national pageant.
1990 Natalie Moore
1989 Sheri Mooney Pelham
1988 Rhonda Mooney Pelham
1987 Rhonda Garrett Birmingham Former director of the Miss Alabama USA, Miss Alabama Teen USA, Miss Arkansas USA, Miss Arkansas Teen USA, Miss Mississippi USA, and Miss Mississippi Teen USA pageants under her married name, Rhonda Garrett-Gilliam
1986 Heather Howard Huntsville
1985 Allison Sawyer Birmingham
1984 Kelly Flowers Hueytown
1983 Terri Lane Birmingham
1982 Lisa Wheeler Birmingham Miss Teen All American 1980
1981 JoAnne Henderson Tuscaloosa Top 12, finishing in 6th place semifinalist in Miss World USA 1980
1980 Pamela Rigas Troy 3rd runner-up Later Miss Ohio 1983, 4th runner up at Miss America 1984, Ohio's Junior Miss 1978
1979 Rose Burch Mobile
1978 Eva Stancil Birmingham Stancil was arrested in 1977 for possessing cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute. She was fired as head of the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad in 1978 for failing to disclose this information.
1977 Cheryl Burgess
1976 Kyle Ellis Decatur
1975 Pamela Flowers Headland 1st runner-up Miss Photogenic
1974 Wyna Lavis
1973 Diane Fouilhe
1972 Elaine Barnhill
1971 Renee Smith
1970 Kathy Bryant
1969 Hitsy Parnell Top 15
1968 Claudia Robinson Top 15
1967 Sylvia Hitchcock Tuscaloosa 21 Winner Won the Miss Universe 1967 title
1966 Susan Scott
1965 Leigh Sanford Top 15
1964 Pamela Borgfeldt Top 15
1963 Dinah Armstrong Top 15
1962 Jerolyn Ridgeway 1st runner-up in the 1961 Miss Sun Fun USA Pageant
1961 Suellen Robinson 4th Runner-up
1960 Margaret Gordon 2nd runner-up
1959 Pat Sullivan Birmingham Top 15 Competed in the 1960 Miss Dixie Pageant
1958 Judith Carlson 2nd runner-up
19532 Doris Edwards 2nd runner-up
1952 Doris Edwards
1 Age at the time of the Miss Alabama USA pageant
2 No titleholder was elected 1954-1957

Results summary

Placements in Miss USA

  • Winners: Sylvia Hitchcock (1967 - Miss Universe)
  • 1st runners-up: Pamela Flowers (1975), Candace Michelle Brown (1992), Michelle Arnette (2003)
  • 2nd runners-up: Doris Edwards (1953), Judith Carlson (1958), Margaret Gordon (1960), Jina Mitchell (2000), Madeline Mitchell (2011)
  • 3rd runners-up: Pamela Rigas (1980)
  • 4th runners-up: Suellen Robinson (1961)
  • Top 10: Autumn Smith (1997), Tara Darby (2004), Haleigh Stidham (2006), Audrey Moore (2010), Katherine Webb (2012)
  • Top 11/12: JoAnne Henderson (1981), Candy Carley (1991), Tara Tucker (2002)
  • Top 15: Pat Sullivan (1959), Dinah Irene Armstrong (1963), Pamela Jean Borgfeldt (1964), Leigh Sanford (1965), Claudia Robinson (1968), Hitsy Parnell (1969)

Awards

References

  • Schwab, Frank (December 27, 2012) "Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron is apparently dating Miss Alabama, an Auburn alum". Yahoo! Sports
  • Milligan, Cheryl (November 30, 2010) "Miss Alabama Prevails After Tragic Crash". TimesDaily (Florence).
  • Greer, Richard (December 23, 1990) "Miss Alabama USA loses crown - and her clothes". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • "ROUNDUP Theismann signs deal with 'Skins". (April 15, 1982) The Globe and Mail
  • "Saints quell Angel cheers". (October 7, 1978) The Globe and Mail

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