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The Miss Iowa USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Iowa
Iowa
Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States, an area often referred to as the "American Heartland". It derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the many American Indian tribes that occupied the state at the time of European exploration. Iowa was a part of the French colony of New...

 in the Miss USA
Miss USA
The Miss USA beauty contest has been held annually since 1952 to select the United States entrant in the Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Universe Organization operates both pageants, as well as Miss Teen USA...

 pageant.

While Iowa has not been greatly successful in the past four decades, they were one of the most consistent states in the first decade of the pageant's existence. The second Miss USA
Miss USA
The Miss USA beauty contest has been held annually since 1952 to select the United States entrant in the Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Universe Organization operates both pageants, as well as Miss Teen USA...

 to win the Miss Universe
Miss Universe
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. The pageant is the most publicized beauty contest in the world with 600 million viewers....

 Crown was Carol Morris
Carol Morris
Carol Ann Laverne Morris , Miss Iowa USA, was the second Miss USA to win the Miss Universe title in the pageant's fifth edition in 1956....

 of Iowa in 1956.

Jamie Solinger
Jamie Solinger
Jamie Patterson is a beauty queen and model from Altoona who became the first and only woman from Iowa to capture the Miss Teen USA crown and placed third runner-up to Mrs America 2005.-Miss Teen USA:...

, Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. The reigning titleholder is Danielle Doty of Texas....

 1992 and Miss Iowa USA 1998 crowned her sister Jacklyn as Miss Iowa USA 1999.

Placements

  • Winners: Carol Morris
    Carol Morris
    Carol Ann Laverne Morris , Miss Iowa USA, was the second Miss USA to win the Miss Universe title in the pageant's fifth edition in 1956....

     (1956) (Miss Universe 1956
    Miss Universe 1956
    The fifth edition of the Miss Universe pageant was held on 20 July 1956, at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California, USA. They had 30 young ladies in the competition. Miss USA, 20-year-old Carol Morris, won the competition...

    )
  • Top 10: Jensie Grigsby (2000)
  • Top 12: Jan Hoyer (1993)
  • Top 14/15: Judy Hall (1957), Kay Nielson (1959), Trudy Shulkin (1960)
  • Top 24/25: Marilyn Shonka (1953), Ione Lucken (1954)

Awards

  • Miss Congeniality: Dana Ruth Mintzer (1983)

Winners

Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2011
Miss USA 2011
Miss USA 2011, the 60th anniversary of the Miss USA pageant, was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Miss USA 2010, Rima Fakih of Michigan crowned her successor, Alyssa Campanella of California, at the end...

Rebecca Goldsmith Chariton
Chariton, Iowa
Chariton is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,573 at the 2000 census. It is the primary distribution center for, and former corporate seat of, the Hy-Vee supermarket chain.-History:...

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2010
Miss USA 2010
Miss USA 2010, the 59th edition of the Miss USA pageant, was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 16, 2010. Miss USA 2009, Kristen Dalton of North Carolina, crowned her successor, Rima Fakih of Michigan as Miss USA 2010 at the...

Katherine Connors
Katherine Connors
Katherine "Katie" Anna Connors is a model and beauty queen from Bettendorf, Iowa who holds the Miss Iowa USA 2010 title and who has competed in the Miss USA pageant.-Pageants:...

Bettendorf
Bettendorf, Iowa
Bettendorf is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Bettendorf is the fifteenth largest city in the U.S. state of Iowa and the fourth largest city in the "Quad Cities". As of the 2010 United States Census the population grew to 33,217. Bettendorf is one of the Quad Cities, along with...

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2009
Miss USA 2009
Miss USA 2009, the 58th Miss USA pageant was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 19, 2009...

Chelsea Gauger Ankeny
Ankeny, Iowa
Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 45,562 in the 2010 census, an increase of 68% from the 27,117 population in the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.-History:...

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2008
Miss USA 2008
Miss USA 2008, the 57th Miss USA beauty pageant, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 11, 2008. At the conclusion of the final night of competition, Crystle Stewart, Miss Texas USA, was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder, Rachel Smith of Tennessee...

Abbey Curran
Abbey Curran
Abbey Nicole Curran is an American beauty pageant contestant from Davenport, Iowa, who competed in the Miss USA pageant in 2008. Curran is the current chairman of her very own non-profit pageant "The Miss You Can Do It Pageant" for young girls and women with special needs and challenges -Miss USA...

Kewanee, IL
Kewanee, Illinois
Kewanee is a city in Henry County, Illinois, United States. "Kewanee" is the Winnebago word for prairie chicken, which lekked there. The population was 12,916 at the 2010 census, down from 12,944 at the 2000 census.-Geography:...

20 First person born with a disability (cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the various areas of body movement....

) to compete in Miss USA
2007
Miss USA 2007
Miss USA 2007, the 56th Miss USA pageant, was held in Hollywood, California, on March 23, 2007, after two weeks of events and preliminary competition. The winner of the pageant was Rachel Smith, of Tennessee....

Dani Reeves Hamburg
Hamburg, Iowa
Hamburg is a city in Fremont County, Iowa, United States, along the Nishnabotna River. The population was 1,240 at the 2000 census.-Geography:According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all of it land.-Demographics:...

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2006
Miss USA 2006
Miss USA 2006, the 55th Miss USA pageant, was held at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on April 21, 2006. Fifty-one state titleholders competed for the title, which was won by Tara Conner of Kentucky...

Sarah Corpstein
Sarah Corpstein
Sarah Beth Corpstein is a beauty queen from Anamosa, Iowa who has competed in the Miss USA pageant.Corpstein won the Miss Iowa USA 2006 title in a state pageant held in Ottumwa, Iowa in September 2005. It was her second attempt at the title, as she placed 1st runner up to Joy Robinson in 2005...

Anamosa
Anamosa, Iowa
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,494 people, 1,750 households, and 1,135 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,453.4 people per square mile . There were 1,884 housing units at an average density of 841.3 per square mile...

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2005
Miss USA 2005
Miss USA 2005, the 54th Miss USA pageant, was held in Baltimore, Maryland in April 11, 2005. It was won by Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina.Fifty-one state titleholders competed for the title of Miss USA in the Hippodrome Theatre on April 11, 2005...

Joy Robinson
Joy Robinson
Joy Robinson is a beauty queen who has held the title Miss Iowa USA and competed at Miss USA.Robinson, who hails from Altoona, Iowa was crowned Miss Iowa USA 2005 in November 2004...

Altoona
Altoona, Iowa
Altoona is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and is a part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,583 at the 2010 census; a special census taken in August 2005 counted 13,301 residents....

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2004
Miss USA 2004
The Miss USA 2004 pageant was held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on April 12, 2004. The winner of the beauty pageant was Shandi Finnessey, who became the first winner from the state of Missouri...

Brooke Hansen Fort Dodge
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Fort Dodge is a city and county seat of Webster County, Iowa, United States, along the Des Moines River. The population was 25,206 in the 2010 census, an increase from 25,136 in the 2000 census. Fort Dodge is a major commercial center for North Central and Northwest Iowa. It is located on U.S...

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2003
Miss USA 2003
The Miss USA 2003 pageant was held in San Antonio, Texas March 24, 2003, the first time it had been held in this state since 1996 when the pageant was held in South Padre Island...

Linsey Grams Urbandale
Urbandale, Iowa
Urbandale is a city in Polk and Dallas counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 29,072; a special census taken by the city in 2005 counted 35,904 residents and the United States Census Bureau estimated that 38,369 residents lived there in 2008...

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2002
Miss USA 2002
The Miss USA 2002 pageant was held in Gary, Indiana on March 2, 2002. The event was won by Shauntay Hinton of the District of Columbia, who was crowned by outgoing queen Kandace Krueger of Texas....

Lauren Wilson Bettendorf 22
2001
Miss USA 2001
Miss USA 2001, the 50th edition of the Miss USA pageant was held at the Genesis Convention Center, Gary, Indiana on March 2, 2001. The event was won by Kandace Krueger of Texas, who was crowned by outgoing queen Lynnette Cole of Tennessee....

Clarissa Kroese Pella
Pella, Iowa
Pella is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. The population was 9,832 at the 2000 census. Pella is the home of Central College as well as several manufacturing companies, including Pella Corporation and Vermeer Manufacturing Company.- History :...

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2000
Miss USA 2000
Miss USA 2000, the forty-ninth Miss USA pageant, was held in Branson, Missouri at The Grand Palace on February 4, 2000.At the conclusion of the final competition, Lynnette Cole of Tennessee was crowned by outgoing titleholder Kimberly Pressler of New York....

Jensie Grigsby West Des Moines
West Des Moines, Iowa
West Des Moines is a city in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 46,403; a special census taken in the spring of 2005 counted 51,744 residents and the United States Census Bureau estimated that 53,889 residents lived there in...

26 Top 10, Finishing in 10th Place
1999
Miss USA 1999
Miss USA 1999, the forty-eighth Miss USA pageant, was held at the Grande Palace Theatre in Branson, Missouri on February 4, 1999.At the conclusion of the final competition, Kimberly Pressler of New York, was crowned by outgoing titleholder Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts...

Jaclyn Solinger Altoona
1998
Miss USA 1998
Miss USA 1998, the 47th Miss USA pageant, was held in Shreveport, Louisiana in March, 1998. The preliminary competition was held on 6 March 1998 and the final competition on 10 March 1998...

Jamie Solinger
Jamie Solinger
Jamie Patterson is a beauty queen and model from Altoona who became the first and only woman from Iowa to capture the Miss Teen USA crown and placed third runner-up to Mrs America 2005.-Miss Teen USA:...

Altoona Previously Miss Iowa Teen USA
Miss Iowa Teen USA
The Miss Iowa Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Iowa in the Miss Teen USA pageant, which is co-owned by the Miss Universe Organization, NBC Universal and Donald Trump...

 1992 and Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. The reigning titleholder is Danielle Doty of Texas....

 1992. Later Mrs. Iowa America 2004 and 3rd runner-up to Mrs. America
Mrs. America
Mrs. America Pageant honors married women throughout the United States of America. Each of the 51 contestants , ranging in age from the 20s to 50s, earns the right to participate in the national event by winning her state competition. These state events are under the direction of Mrs. America state...

 2004 under her married name, Jamie Patterson.
1997
Miss USA 1997
Miss USA 1997, the forty-sixth Miss USA pageant, was held at Shreveport, Louisiana in January and February, 1997. Delegates arrived in the city on January 19, the preliminary competition was held on February 2, 1997 and the final competition on February 5, 1997...

Shawn Marie Brogan New Hampton
New Hampton, Iowa
New Hampton is a city in Chickasaw County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,692 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Chickasaw County.-Geography:New Hampton is located at ....

1996
Miss USA 1996
Miss USA 1996, the forty-fifth Miss USA pageant, was held at South Padre Island, Texas culminating in the final competition and crowning on February 2, 1996....

Jill Simon Burlington
Burlington, Iowa
Burlington is a city in, and the county seat of Des Moines County, Iowa, United States. The population was 25,663 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 26,839 population in the 2000 census. Burlington is the center of a micropolitan area including West Burlington, Iowa and Middletown, Iowa and...

1995
Miss USA 1995
Miss USA 1995, the forty-fourth Miss USA pageant, was held at South Padre Island, Texas culminating in the final competition and crowning on February 10, 1995....

Angela Hearne Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mount Vernon is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States, adjacent to the city of Lisbon. The city's population was 3,390 when the 2000 census figures were released, but that number was later revised to 3,808 because the Census Bureau had incorrectly reported that 418 residents of a Cornell...

1994
Miss USA 1994
Miss USA 1994, the 43rd Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the South Padre Island Convention Centre on South Padre Island, Texas on 11 February 1994...

Dr. Callie Pandit Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the US state of Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small portion of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857...

1993
Miss USA 1993
Miss USA 1993, the 42nd Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas on 19 February 1993.At the conclusion of the final competition, Kenya Moore of Michigan was crowned by outgoing titleholder Shannon Marketic of California...

Jan Hoyer Fort Madison
Fort Madison, Iowa
Fort Madison, situated on the Mississippi River, is a city in and one of the county seats of Lee County, Iowa, United States. The other county seat is Keokuk. The population was 10,715 at the 2000 census...

Top 12 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 8th Place Previously Miss Iowa Teen USA
Miss Iowa Teen USA
The Miss Iowa Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Iowa in the Miss Teen USA pageant, which is co-owned by the Miss Universe Organization, NBC Universal and Donald Trump...

 1987
1992
Miss USA 1992
Miss USA 1992, the 41st Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas on 7 February 1992.At the conclusion of the final competition, Shannon Marketic of California was crowned by outgoing titleholder Kelli McCarty of Kansas...

Pam Patrick Ottumwa
Ottumwa, Iowa
Ottumwa is a city in and the county seat of Wapello County, Iowa, United States. The population was 24,998 at the 2000 census. It is located in the southeastern part of Iowa, and the city is split into northern and southern halves by the Des Moines River....

1991
Miss USA 1991
Miss USA 1991, the 40th Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas on 22 February 1991.At the conclusion of the final competition, Kelli McCarty of Kansas was crowned by outgoing titleholder Carole Gist of Michigan...

Heather Bowes Toddville
Linn County, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 211,226 in the county, with a population density of . There were 92,251 housing units, of which 86,134 were occupied.-2000 census:...

1990
Miss USA 1990
Miss USA 1990, the 39th Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas on March 2, 1990.At the conclusion of the final competition, Carole Gist of Michigan was crowned by outgoing titleholder Gretchen Polhemus of Texas...

Elizabeth Muelhaupt West Des Moines
1989 Marcy Requist Red Oak
Red Oak, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 5,742 in the city, with a population density of . There were 2,887 housing units, of which 2,406 were occupied....

1988 Julie Kemmerling Hinsdale, IL
Hinsdale, Illinois
Hinsdale is a suburb of Chicago, Illinois; it is located partly in Cook County and mainly in DuPage County in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 17,349 at the 2000 census. The town's ZIP code is 60521. The town has a rolling, wooded topography, with a quaint downtown and is a 30-minute...

1987 Katy Magee Jefferson
Jefferson, Iowa
Jefferson is a city in Greene County, Iowa, United States, along the North Raccoon River. The population was 4,626 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Greene County. It is the home of the Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower, tall, located on the town square, and visible for miles. The tower is...

1986 Holly Wilkins Clear Lake
Clear Lake, Iowa
Clear Lake is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,161 at the 2000 census. The city is named for the large lake on which it is located. It is the home of a number of marinas, state parks and tourism-related businesses. Clear Lake is also a major stop on Interstate...

1985 Karen North Ames
Ames, Iowa
Ames is a city located in the central part of the U.S. state of Iowa in Story County, and approximately north of Des Moines. The U.S. Census Bureau designates that Ames, Iowa metropolitan statistical area as encompassing all of Story County, and which, when combined with the Boone, Iowa...

1985 Devin Steinberg Manson
Manson, Iowa
Manson is a city in Calhoun County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,893 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Manson is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all of it land....

Original winner, dethroned after she married during her reign.
1984 Michele Boisvert Decorah
Decorah, Iowa
Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,172 at the 2000 census. Decorah is located at the intersection of State Highway 9 and U.S...

1983 Dana Ruth Mintzer Des Moines Miss Congeniality
1982 Jeanne Hoyer Fort Madison
1981 Jennifer Lynn Wimpey Iowa City
Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, State of Iowa. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of about 67,862, making it the sixth-largest city in the state. Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County and home to the University of Iowa...

1980 Lori Kromminga Keystone
Keystone, Iowa
Keystone is a city in Benton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 687 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:Keystone is located at ....

1979 Teri Lee Rees Sioux City
Sioux City, Iowa
Sioux City is a city in Plymouth and Woodbury counties in the western part of the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 82,684 in the 2010 census, a decline from 85,013 in the 2000 census, which makes it currently the fourth largest city in the state....

1978 Michelle Daley West Des Moines
1977 Cindy Woodard Urbandale
1976 Shery Lynn Davenport Storm Lake
Storm Lake, Iowa
Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 10,600 in the 2010 census, an increase from 10,076 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Buena Vista County. Storm Lake is home to Buena Vista University, originally Buena Vista College...

1975 Kathleen Duggan Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Council Bluffs, known until 1852 as Kanesville, Iowathe historic starting point of the Mormon Trail and eventual northernmost anchor town of the other emigrant trailsis a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States and is on the east bank of the Missouri River across...

1974 Susan Jane Thompson Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. The city lies on both banks of the Cedar River, north of Iowa City and east of Des Moines, the state's capital and largest city...

1973 Dyanna Roberts Oskaloosa
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Oskaloosa is the county seat of Mahaska County, Iowa, United States. The population was 11,463 in the 2010 census, an increase from 10,938 in the 2000 census. -History:...

1972 Jennifer Jo Owen Maxwell
Maxwell, Iowa
Maxwell is a city in Story County, Iowa, United States. The population was 807 at the 2000 census. It is part of the 'Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area', which is a part of the larger 'Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area'.-Geography:...

1971 Cindy Helmers Sibley
Sibley, Iowa
Sibley is a city in Osceola County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,796 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Osceola County. It is named after Henry Hastings Sibley, a prominent General during the Dakota War of 1862, who eventually became the first territorial governor of...

1970 Jacqueline Jochims Carroll
Carroll, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,103 in the city, with a population density of . There were 4,698 housing units, of which 4,357 were occupied....

3rd runner up at Miss International 1971, represented Iowa in Miss World USA 1970, did not place
1969 Becky Stoner Laurens
Laurens, Iowa
Laurens is a city in Pocahontas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,476 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Laurens is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all of it land....

1968 Markie Anderson Sioux City
1967 Kathleen Solt Jefferson
1966 Janis Mieras Alta
Alta, Iowa
Alta is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,865 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Alta is located at . It is located 6 miles from the city of Storm Lake...

1965 Mari Hardy Sioux City
1964 Barbara Rodgers Perry
Perry, Iowa
Perry is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States, along the North Raccoon River. The population was 7,633 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area....

1963 Ramona Meylor Le Mars
Le Mars, Iowa
Le Mars is a city in and the county seat of Plymouth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 9,237 at the 2000 census. Le Mars is the home of Wells' Dairy, the world's largest producer of ice cream novelties in one location and is the self-proclaimed "Ice Cream Capital of the World". Wells...

1962 Regina Prusha Cedar Rapids
1961 Deanne Ostermann Ocheyedan
Ocheyedan, Iowa
Ocheyedan is a city in Osceola County, Iowa, United States. The population was 536 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Ocheyedan is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all of it land....

1960 Trudy Shulkin Sioux City Semi-finalist
1959 Kay Nielson Council Bluffs Semi-finalist Former Miss Nebraska 1957
1958 Sandra Olsen Sioux City
1957 Judy Hall Council Bluffs Semi-finalist
1956 Carol Morris
Carol Morris
Carol Ann Laverne Morris , Miss Iowa USA, was the second Miss USA to win the Miss Universe title in the pageant's fifth edition in 1956....

Ottumwa 19 Winner Winner Miss Universe 1956, Miss Iowa 1954
1955 Jerri Jean Cole Holstein
Holstein, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 1,396 in the city, with a population density of . There were 674 housing units, of which 616 were occupied. -2000 census:...

1954 Ione Lucken Le Mars Semi-finalist
1953 Marilyn Shonka Sioux City Semi-finalist

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

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