Miss USA 1996
|Miss USA 1996|
|Date||February 2, 1996|
|Venue||South Padre Island, Texas|
Landry is the first former Miss Teen USA state delegate to win the Miss USA title, the third Miss USA from Louisiana and the second Miss Louisiana USA to win both the Photogenic award and Miss USA crown, making Louisiana the only state to complete this feat after California did it in 1992. Landry is also the fifth and last Miss Photogenic to be crowned as Miss USA after winning the award.
The pageant was held on South Padre Island for the third and final time. It was hosted by Bob Goen for the third time, and Maty Monfort offered colour commentary. Aaron Neville provided entertainment during the competition.
This was also the first year that the Miss Universe Organization opened a website dedicated to the pageant, and the first time they instituted an internet vote to choose the winner of the Miss Photogenic award.
It was also the first time since 1989 that there were 10 semifinalists, instead of the usual 12. Also, this was the first year since 1991 in which the delegates wore one-piece bathing suits for the preliminary and final swimsuit competitions.
|Miss USA 1996|
- Louisiana wins competition for the third time.
- Kansas earns the 1st runner-up position for the first time and reaches its highest placement since 1993.
- Tennessee earns the 2nd runner-up position for the third time. The last time it placed this was in 1984.
- Oklahoma finishes as Top 6 for the second time. The last time it placed this was in 1991.
- Michigan finishes as Top 6 for the first time and reaches its highest placement since Kenya Moore won in 1993.
- North Dakota finishes as Top 6 for the first time and reaches its highest placement since 1983.
- States that placed in semifinals the previous year were Illinois, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
- Texas placed for the fifth consecutive year.
- Illinois and Louisiana placed for the third consecutive year.
- Oklahoma made its second consecutive placement.
- Kansas and Tennessee last placed in 1994.
- Michigan last placed in 1993.
- North Dakota last placed in 1983.
- Utah last placed in 1982.
- Indiana last placed in 1981.
- Minnesota and Missouri break an ongoing streak of placements since 1994.
- New York breaks an ongoing streak of placements since 1993.
The following is the contestants average scores in the preliminary competition.
The Miss USA 1996 delegates were:
Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title were:
- Tracy Kennick (Utah) - Miss Utah Teen USA 1989
- Ali Landry (Louisiana) - Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1990 (Semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 1990)
- Holly Roehl (Indiana) - Miss Georgia Teen USA 1990 (Second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1990)
- Susan Barnett (Pennsylvania) - Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 1990 (Finalist at Miss Teen USA 1990)
- Kara Williams (Texas) - Miss Texas Teen USA 1991 (Semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 1991)
- Juliette Spier (North Dakota) - Miss North Dakota Teen USA 1992
- Danielle Boatwright (Kansas) - Miss Kansas Teen USA 1992 (Second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1992)
- Jill Chartier (Oregon) - Miss Oregon Teen USA 1993 (Semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 1993)
- Tiffany Parks (Arkansas) - Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1993
Delegate who had previously held a Miss America state title:
- Tracy Yarbrough (Idaho) - Miss Idaho 1994
Delegate who previously held a Miss USA state title:
- "Breaux Bridge woman crowned Miss USA". Saturday State Times/Morning Advocate. 1996-02-03. p. 7-A.
- Arrillaga, Pauline (1996-01-01). "Miss USA pageant opens inaugural site on Internet". The Dallas Morning News. p. 14D.