Miss USA 1992, the 41st Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas on February 7, 1992.

Miss USA 1992
Miss USA 1992 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 7, 1992
PresentersDick Clark, Terry Murphy and Deborah Shelton
VenueCentury II Convention Center, Wichita, Kansas
WinnerShannon Marketic
California California
CongenialityAlesia Prentiss
PhotogenicShannon Marketic
SwimsuitCandace Michelle Brown
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1993 →

At the conclusion of the final competition, Shannon Marketic of California was crowned by outgoing titleholder Kelli McCarty of Kansas. Shannon became the fifth Miss USA titleholder from California and also the second Miss California USA to win both the Photogenic award and Miss USA crown, making her state the first one to repeat this feat. She is also the 4th Miss Photogenic to be crowned as Miss USA after winning the award.

The pageant was hosted by Dick Clark, with color commentary by Terry Murphy and Deborah Shelton, Miss USA 1970.

This was the third of four years that the pageant was held in Wichita.



Map showing placements by state
Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1992
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 6
Top 11

Special awardsEdit

Historical significanceEdit

  • California continued their tradition of producing one Miss USA winner in every decade. This was California's third top three finish in five years.
  • South Carolina finished in the top three for the second time in three years, and Kentucky made the top six for the second time in three years.
  • Alabama placed for the second consecutive year, following a ten-year period without placement from 1981-1990. This was Alabama's highest placement since 1975, and would not be equalled until 2003.
  • North Carolina placed for the second consecutive year, the first time this had happened since 1974-1975.
  • Georgia placed in the top six for the sixth time in seven years. The exception being 1991.
  • Every state that qualified for the semifinals are geographically located south of the parallel 40° north (except for California).


Preliminary competitionEdit

The following are the contestants' scores in the preliminary competition.

Final competitionEdit


The Miss USA 1992 delegates were:

Contestant notesEdit

  • Three contestants had previously competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant.
  • Sharon Belden (Florida) later competed as Miss United States in Miss World 1992 and placed as semi-finalist.
  • Maya Walker (Oklahoma) had previously competed at Miss America 1989 as Miss Colorado, where she placed first runner-up.
  • Tess Elliott (North Carolina) was killed seven months later in a freak sky-diving accident.[1]
  • Vickie Myers (West Virginia) was from 2005 to 2006 arrested three times in eighteen months for drunk driving and was found dead in her home in January 2007.[2][3] No foul play was suspected in her death.
  • Audra Wallace (South Carolina) later was Miss South Carolina World 1993 and competed in Miss World America 1993 and finished as 3rd Runner-Up.



  1. ^ "1992 Miss North Carolina USA Killed in Skydiving Accident". The Associated Press. 1992-09-22.
  2. ^ Wise, Kris (2006-10-11). "Beauty queen faces DUIs". Charleston Gazette.
  3. ^ "Former Miss W.Va. USA found dead in her home". Associated Press. 2007-01-29.

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