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Miss Texas USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

Think Miss Texas USA history and the first thing you'll probably think of is the Texas Aces – Texas' five consecutive Miss USA winners from 1985-1989 – a feat likely never to be repeated. Thanks in large part to the Aces, Texas has the most Miss USA winners of any state and is tied for the most Miss Teen USA winners. They also have the honour of one Miss Universe, the iconic Chelsi Smith who sadly passed away in 2018. Texas' greatest success came under the directorship of GuyRex – Richard Guy and Rex Holt. Former Houston directors Al and Gail Clark then ran the pageant for twenty years, and it is now under the leadership of ex-Dallas director Will Henderson.

Miss Texas USA titleholders at Miss Texas USA 2022 • Credit: Select Studios

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Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders from Texas

MISS UNIVERSE 1995

Chelsi
Smith

21 • Deer Park

USA’s fifth Miss Universe

MISS UNIVERSE 2022

R'Bonney Gabriel

28 • Houston

 

MISS USA 1977

Texas USA winner icon new 1
Kimberly Tomes

21 • Houston

Semi-finalist at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1985

Texas USA winner icon new 2
Laura Martinez-Herring

21 • El Paso

Semi-finalist
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1986

Texas USA winner icon new 3
Christy Fichtner

23 • Dallas

1st runner-up
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1987

Texas USA winner icon new 4
Michelle
Royer

21 • Keller

2nd runner-up
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1988

Texas USA winner icon new 5
Courtney Gibbs

21 • Fort Worth

Semi-finalist at
Miss Universe

MISS USA 1989

Gretchen Polhemus

23 • Fort Worth

2nd runner-up at
Miss Universe

MISS USA 2008

Texas USA winner icon new 7
Kandace Krueger

24 • Austin

2nd runner-up at
Miss Universe

MISS USA 2008

Texas USA winner icon new 8
Crystle Stewart

26 • Missouri City

Top 10 at
Miss Universe

MISS TEEN USA 1996

Christie Lee Woods

18 • Huntsville

 

MISS TEEN USA 2011

Danielle
Doty

18 • Harlingen

 

MISS TEEN USA 2016

Karlie
Hay

18 • Tomball

 

Miss Texas USA titleholders 1952-2022

Recent titleholders

2018
Texas USA icon 2018
Logan Lester

23 • Houston

2019
Texas USA icon 2019
Alayah Benavidez

23 • San Antonio

2020
Texas USA icon 2020
Taylor Kessler

24 • Houston

2021
Texas USA icon 2021
Victoria Hinojosa

22 • McAllen

2022
Texas USA icon 2022
R'Bonney Gabriel

28 • Friendswood

Full Titleholder Listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2022R'BONNEY GABRIELFriendswood28MISS USA
2021Victoria HinojosaMcAllen22Top 8
2020Taylor KesslerHouston24
2019Alayah BenavidezSan Antonio23
2018Logan LesterHouston23Top 15
2017Nancy GonzalezFreeport27
2016Daniella RodriguezLaredo19Miss TX Teen USA 2013
2015Ylianna GuerraMcAllen221st runner-up
2014Lauren Guzman*Laredo24Miss TX Teen USA 2008
2013Ali NugentDallas204th runner-up#Advanced to Top 6 as Fan Vote winner
2012Brittany BookerHouston21Top 10
2011Ana RodriguezLaredo243rd runner up
2010Kelsey MooreEl Paso19
2009Brooke DanielsTomball22Top 10
2008CRYSTLE STEWARTMissouri City26MISS USAT10 Miss Universe
2007Magen Ellis*Houston19Top 10Miss TX Teen USA 2004 (T10 Miss Teen USA)
2006Lauren LanningFriendswood22Top 10
2005Tyler WillisLubbock25Top 15Photogenic
2004Stephanie GuerreroLake Jackson23Top 15
2003Nicole O'Brian*Friendswood202nd runner-upMiss TX Teen USA 2000 (1RU Miss Teen USA)
2002Kasi KellyBridgeport20Semi-finalist
2001KANDACE KRUEGERAustin24MISS USA2RU Miss Universe 2001
2000Heather OgilvieHouston22
1999Carissa Blair*Houston23Miss TX Teen USA 1992
1998Holly MillsSan Antonio22Finalist
1997Amanda LittleWylie20Finalist
1996Kara Williams*Houston23Semi-finalistMiss TX Teen USA 1991 (SF Miss Teen USA)
1995CHELSI SMITHDeer Park21MISS USA & UNIVERSECongeniality
1994Christine FriedelEl Paso22Finalist
1993Angie SiskHouston21Semi-finalist
1992Katie YoungFort Worth19Semi-finalist
1991Chris BogardTomball23
1990Stephanie KuehneMissouri City22Semi-finalist
1989GRETCHEN POLHEMUSFort Worth23MISS USA2RU Miss Universe 1989
1988COURTNEY GIBBSFort Worth21MISS USASF Miss Universe 1988
1987MICHELLE ROYERKeller21MISS USA2RU Miss Universe 1987
1986CHRISTY FICHTNERDallas23MISS USA1RU Miss Universe 1986
1985LAURA MARTINEZ HERRINGEl Paso21MISS USASF Miss Universe 1985
1984Laura ShawBurleson19Semi-finalistPhotogenic
1983Lisa AllredFort Worth1st runner-upPhotogenic6RU Miss World 1983
1982Luann CaugheyAbilene1st runner-up4RU Miss World 1982
1981Diana DurnfordEl PasoSemi-finalist
1980Barbara BuckleyMidlandSemi-finalist
1979Anne HinnantHoustonSemi-finalist
1978Barbara HoranDallas2nd runner-upState Costume
1977KIMBERLY TOMESHouston21MISS USAState CostumeSF Miss Universe 1977
1976Candace GrayEl PasoSemi-finalist
1975Aundie EversEl Paso4th runner-up
1974Debra CroninMcDadeState Costume
1973Lavonne McConnellFort Worth19Semi-finalistPhotogenic
1972Susan PetersAustin
1971Brenda Lynn BoxAmarillo1st runner-up
1970Diane SwendemanSan AntonioSemi-finalistCongeniality
1969Sandy DrewesDallasSemi-finalist
1968Jeannie WilsonDallas
1967Bonnie RobinsonHoustonSemi-finalist
1966Dorothy PickensEdinburgSemi-finalist
1965Phillis JohnsonSemi-finalist
1964Diane BallounHouston1st runner-up
1963Cheryl WilburnHouston
1962Jackie WilliamsSemi-finalist
1961Sheila WadeDallas
1960Pat CloudHouston
1959Carelgean Douglas1st runner-up
1958Linda DaughertySemi-finalist
1957Gloria HuntSemi-finalist
1956Jo Dodson4th runner-up
1955Mary DaughtersSemi-finalist
1954Betty Lee3rd runner-up
1953Joan BradshawSemi-finalist
1952Charlene McClary
IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2022R'BONNEY GABRIELFriendswood28MISS USA
2021Victoria HinojosaMcAllen22Top 8
2020Taylor KesslerHouston24
2019Alayah BenavidezSan Antonio23
2018Logan LesterHouston23Top 15
2017Nancy GonzalezFreeport27
2016Daniella RodriguezLaredo19Miss TX Teen USA 2013
2015Ylianna GuerraMcAllen221st runner-up
2014Lauren Guzman*Laredo24Miss TX Teen USA 2008
2013Ali NugentDallas204th runner-up#Advanced to Top 6 as Fan Vote winner
2012Brittany BookerHouston21Top 10
2011Ana RodriguezLaredo243rd runner up
2010Kelsey MooreEl Paso19
2009Brooke DanielsTomball22Top 10
2008CRYSTLE STEWARTMissouri City26MISS USAT10 Miss Universe
2007Magen Ellis*Houston19Top 10Miss TX Teen USA 2004 (T10 Miss Teen USA)
2006Lauren LanningFriendswood22Top 10
2005Tyler WillisLubbock25Top 15Photogenic
2004Stephanie GuerreroLake Jackson23Top 15
2003Nicole O'Brian*Friendswood202nd runner-upMiss TX Teen USA 2000 (1RU Miss Teen USA)
2002Kasi KellyBridgeport20Semi-finalist
2001KANDACE KRUEGERAustin24MISS USA2RU Miss Universe 2001
2000Heather OgilvieHouston22
1999Carissa Blair*Houston23Miss TX Teen USA 1992
1998Holly MillsSan Antonio22Finalist
1997Amanda LittleWylie20Finalist
1996Kara Williams*Houston23Semi-finalistMiss TX Teen USA 1991 (SF Miss Teen USA)
1995CHELSI SMITHDeer Park21MISS USA & UNIVERSECongeniality
1994Christine FriedelEl Paso22Finalist
1993Angie SiskHouston21Semi-finalist
1992Katie YoungFort Worth19Semi-finalist
1991Chris BogardTomball23
1990Stephanie KuehneMissouri City22Semi-finalist
1989GRETCHEN POLHEMUSFort Worth23MISS USA2RU Miss Universe 1989
1988COURTNEY GIBBSFort Worth21MISS USASF Miss Universe 1988
1987MICHELLE ROYERKeller21MISS USA2RU Miss Universe 1987
1986CHRISTY FICHTNERDallas23MISS USA1RU Miss Universe 1986
1985LAURA MARTINEZ HERRINGEl Paso21MISS USASF Miss Universe 1985
1984Laura ShawBurleson19Semi-finalistPhotogenic
1983Lisa AllredFort Worth1st runner-upPhotogenic6RU Miss World 1983
1982Luann CaugheyAbilene1st runner-up4RU Miss World 1982
1981Diana DurnfordEl PasoSemi-finalist
1980Barbara BuckleyMidlandSemi-finalist
1979Anne HinnantHoustonSemi-finalist
1978Barbara HoranDallas2nd runner-upState Costume
1977KIMBERLY TOMESHouston21MISS USAState CostumeSF Miss Universe 1977
1976Candace GrayEl PasoSemi-finalist
1975Aundie EversEl Paso4th runner-up
1974Debra CroninMcDadeState Costume
1973Lavonne McConnellFort Worth19Semi-finalistPhotogenic
1972Susan PetersAustin
1971Brenda Lynn BoxAmarillo1st runner-up
1970Diane SwendemanSan AntonioSemi-finalistCongeniality
1969Sandy DrewesDallasSemi-finalist
1968Jeannie WilsonDallas
1967Bonnie RobinsonHoustonSemi-finalist
1966Dorothy PickensEdinburgSemi-finalist
1965Phillis JohnsonSemi-finalist
1964Diane BallounHouston1st runner-up
1963Cheryl WilburnHouston
1962Jackie WilliamsSemi-finalist
1961Sheila WadeDallas
1960Pat CloudHouston
1959Carelgean Douglas1st runner-up
1958Linda DaughertySemi-finalist
1957Gloria HuntSemi-finalist
1956Jo Dodson4th runner-up
1955Mary DaughtersSemi-finalist
1954Betty Lee3rd runner-up
1953Joan BradshawSemi-finalist
1952Charlene McClary

State and Miss USA Photo Album

Miss Texas Teen USA titleholders 1983-2022

Recent Titleholders

2018
Texas Teen USA icon 2018
Brenna Flynn

18 • Fort Worth

2019
Texas Teen USA icon 2019
Kennedy Edwards

18 • Houston

2020
Texas Teen USA icon 2020
Anissa Mendez

18 • Laredo

2021
Texas Teen USA icon 2021
Landry Davis

19 • Dallas

2022
Texas Teen USA icon 2022
Chanel Williams

16 • San Antonio

Full titleholder listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2022Chanel WilliamsSan Antonio16
2021Landry DavisDallas192nd runner-up
2020Anissa MendezLaredo18
2019Kennedy EdwardsHouston18
2018Brenna FlynnFort Worth18
2017Kirby LindleyCypress19Semi-finalist
2016KARLIE HAYTomball18Miss Teen USA
2015Chloe KembelDenton18Semi-finalist
2014Kellie StewartFort Worth17Semi-finalist
2013Daniella RodriguezLaredo17Miss TX USA 2016
2012Madison LeeHouston19
2011DANIELLE DOTYHarlingen18Miss Teen USA
2010Chelsea MorgensenLaredo15Photogenic
2009Kelli HarralFort Stockton16
2008Lauren Guzman*Laredo18Miss TX USA 2014
2007Sommer IsdaleHarker Heights16
2006Raevan ValadezSpicewood18
2005April FordTexarkana18
2004Magen Ellis*Whitehouse17Top 15Miss TX USA 2007 (T10 Miss USA)
2003Tye FelanTomball18Top 15
2002Brittany TinerFreeport16
2001Katherine PerelloLake Jackson163rd runner-up
2000Nicole O'Brian*Friendswood171st runner-upMiss TX USA 2003 (2RU Miss USA)
1999Misty GilesKilleen18Semi-finalist
1998Christie ColeHouston16Semi-finalist
1997Andria MullinsWaco16
1996CHRISTIE LEE WOODSHuntsville18Miss Teen USA
1995Mandy JeffreysMidland17
1994Jaqueline PenaCorpus Christi
1993Erin BurnettPlano
1992Carissa Blair*ColumbusMiss TX USA 1999
1991Kara Williams*HoustonSemi-finalistMiss TX USA 1996 (SF Miss USA)
1990Becky FisherCypressFinalist
1989Kristi WrightDel Rio3rd runner-up
1988Libby PeltonAustinSemi-finalist
1987Richelle KeslingSpring
1986Becky PestanaSan Antonio1st runner-up
1985Konae WehleHumble3rd runner-up
1984Charlene MolinarEl Paso184th runner-up
1983Sheri ScholzLubbock174th runner-up
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2022Chanel WilliamsSan Antonio16
2021Landry DavisDallas192nd runner-up
2020Anissa MendezLaredo18
2019Kennedy EdwardsHouston18
2018Brenna FlynnFort Worth18
2017Kirby LindleyCypress19Semi-finalist
2016KARLIE HAYTomball18Miss Teen USA
2015Chloe KembelDenton18Semi-finalist
2014Kellie StewartFort Worth17Semi-finalist
2013Daniella RodriguezLaredo17Miss TX USA 2016
2012Madison LeeHouston19
2011DANIELLE DOTYHarlingen18Miss Teen USA
2010Chelsea MorgensenLaredo15Photogenic
2009Kelli HarralFort Stockton16
2008Lauren Guzman*Laredo18Miss TX USA 2014
2007Sommer IsdaleHarker Heights16
2006Raevan ValadezSpicewood18
2005April FordTexarkana18
2004Magen Ellis*Whitehouse17Top 15Miss TX USA 2007 (T10 Miss USA)
2003Tye FelanTomball18Top 15
2002Brittany TinerFreeport16
2001Katherine PerelloLake Jackson163rd runner-up
2000Nicole O'Brian*Friendswood171st runner-upMiss TX USA 2003 (2RU Miss USA)
1999Misty GilesKilleen18Semi-finalist
1998Christie ColeHouston16Semi-finalist
1997Andria MullinsWaco16
1996CHRISTIE LEE WOODSHuntsville18Miss Teen USA
1995Mandy JeffreysMidland17
1994Jaqueline PenaCorpus Christi
1993Erin BurnettPlano
1992Carissa Blair*ColumbusMiss TX USA 1999
1991Kara Williams*HoustonSemi-finalistMiss TX USA 1996 (SF Miss USA)
1990Becky FisherCypressFinalist
1989Kristi WrightDel Rio3rd runner-up
1988Libby PeltonAustinSemi-finalist
1987Richelle KeslingSpring
1986Becky PestanaSan Antonio1st runner-up
1985Konae WehleHumble3rd runner-up
1984Charlene MolinarEl Paso184th runner-up
1983Sheri ScholzLubbock174th runner-up

State and Miss Teen USA Photo Album

Titleholder reunions

Wedding photos