United States representatives at Miss World

The United States has continuously sent a representative to Miss World since its inception in 1951. The United States has won the Miss World crown three times in 1973, 1990 and 2010. Currently, Miss World America is the official national pageant that selects the contestant from the United States to Miss World.

Miss World America
Formation1951; 69 years ago (1951)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersWest Hollywood, California
Location
Membership
Miss World
Official language
English
National Director
Michael Blakey
WebsiteMiss World America Official Website

The current Miss World America is Emmy Cuvelier of South Dakota who was crowned on October 12, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HistoryEdit

 
Miss World USA 1969

During the mid 1950s, the Miss Universe organisation sent delegates from the Miss USA system to compete at Miss World (1953–57). Alfred Patricelli of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was the Executive Director of the Miss World USA[1] during its existence from 1958 to 1977. From 1958 to 1961, the winner of Miss United States competed at Miss World. Then from 1962 to 1966 Alfred Patricelli organized the Miss USA World pageant annually. In 1967, the pageant was renamed Miss World USA and was held every year until 1977. During this time, Miss World USA 1969 Gail Renshaw was the first person to resign from the title of "Miss World USA" after competing in Miss World 1969 in order to get married. Also in 1973, Marjorie Wallace won the Miss World title and became the first American woman to win the Miss World title.[2] Between 1978 through 1980, BBS Productions, Inc., based in New York City, was given the franchise for the Miss World pageant where Griff O'Neil was the organizer, during this time the pageant was named "Miss World America".

From 1981 to 1991, the Miss Universe organization were the license holders, and the American representative to Miss World ended up being the 1st runner-up of the Miss USA pageant. The Miss World Organization however wanted a public announcement during the finals of the Miss USA pageant that the 1st Runner-up would be going to Miss World, but they refused to do so. Therefore, after 1991 the Miss World Organization did not accept any more Miss USA 1st Runners-up.

From 1992 to 1997, Richard Guy and Rex Holt (GuyRex) were the national directors of Miss World in the United States and organized the Miss World America pageant in 1992, 1993, and 1994.[3] They discontinued the pageant in 1995 but handpicked a representative from 1995 to 1997.[4] In 1998, Hirsh Wilck succeeded GuyRex and became the license holder and sent contestants from 1998 to 2000.[5]

In 2001, the Miss World organization asked Pageantry Magazine to choose a contestant for Miss World 2001 since they did not have a license holder during this year.[6] In 2002, Jean Renard and Miss World Holdings Inc became license holders and handpicked the representative.[7] They dropped the license afterwards due to legal issues with Rebekah Revels, whom they had handpicked to compete in 2002. In 2003, Bruce Vermeulen and Geoff Kearney founded the US Miss World organization.[8] They chose the 2003 representative by mail-in entry and telephone interviews and in 2004 held the US Miss World pageant. In 2005, Barbizon Modeling became the license holders and organized the US Miss World pageant in San Francisco, California.[9]

From 2007-2011, Elite Models were the license holders for Miss World in the United States and they handpicked the representative from their list of models.[10] During this time, it was common to know who was going to represent the United States in Miss World a week or two before the international pageant began. Among their designee was Alexandria Mills who in 2010 became one of the few Miss World winners to have won the international pageant without winning a national pageant. In 2012-2013, Lisa-Marie Kohrs, former 2009 U.S. Representative were the national director and she handpicked from the contestants who had the charity background.[11] It is unknown who was in charge of selecting the contestants in 1951, 1952, and 2006.

In 2014, in an effort from Julia Morley who wanted all national directors to hold a national pageant to select the representative of their country as opposed to only designate, Christopher Wilmer, the organizer of the Miss United States pageant, was appointed as the national director of Miss World in the United States.[12] As a result, the winner of Miss United States 2014 was selected to compete at Miss World because she met the age requirements of the international pageant. In 2015, Wilmer reinstated the Miss World America pageant in order to properly reflect Miss World's age and contest requirements. Miss World America was held in 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, Lynne Scott Safrit and her daughter Elizabeth Safrit, became co-national directors of Miss World in the United States and created America's Miss World.[13]

In 2018, Michael Blakey became national director of Miss World in the United States and will be assisted by Liz Fuller and the pageant went back to being named Miss World America.[14]

Results summaryEdit

Placements in Miss WorldEdit

United States holds a record of 49 placements at Miss World, being placed first overall.

AwardsEdit

TitleholdersEdit

This is a list of women who have represented the United States at the Miss World pageant:

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists, Semi-finalists or Quarter-finalists
Year Name City & State Represented Placement at Miss World Notes
1951 Annette Gibson   Louisville, Kentucky
1952 Tally Richards   New York City, New York
1953 Mary Kemp Griffin†   Florence, South Carolina 5th Runner-up Miss Myrtle Beach USA 1953, 1st Runner up at Miss USA 1953; Miss South Carolina 1953, Semi-finalist at Miss America 1953.
1954 Karin Hultman   Rochester, New York 1st Runner-up Miss New York USA 1954; originally 2nd Runner-up, later elevated to 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1954.
1955 Margaret Haywood†   Jonesboro, Arkansas 1st Runner-up Miss Arkansas USA 1955, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1955.
1956 Betty Cherry   Orangeburg, South Carolina 1st Runner-up Miss South Carolina USA 1956, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1956.
1957 Charlotte Sheffield   Salt Lake City, Utah Miss Utah USA 1957, Miss USA 1957 (successor).
1958 Nancy Corcoran   New York City, New York
1959 Loretta Powell   Bridgeport, Connecticut
1960 Annette Driggers†   New York City, New York Did not compete Driggers was disqualified after she was discovered to be only 15 years old.
Judith Achter   St. Louis, Missouri 4th Runner-up Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner was disqualified.
1961 Jo Ann Odum   Huntington, West Virginia Top 7
1962 Amedee Chabot   Northridge, California Top 8
1963 Michele Metrinko   New York City, New York Top 14 Miss District of Columbia USA 1963, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1963.
1964 Jeanne Quinn   East Meadow, New York Top 16 Miss New York USA 1963, Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1963.
1965 Dianna Lynn Batts   Washington, District of Columbia 1st Runner-up Miss District of Columbia USA 1965, 4th Runner-up at Miss USA 1965.
1966 Denice Blair   Layton, Utah Top 7 Miss Utah USA 1966, Semi-finalist at Miss USA 1966.
1967 Pamela Pall   Norwalk, California Top 15
1968 Johnine Avery   Olympia, Washington
1969 Gail Renshaw   Arlington, Virginia 1st Runner-up Renshaw was resigned to get married.
Connie Haggard   Dallas, Texas Did not compete Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner was resigned.
1970 Sandra Wolsfeld   Chicago, Illinois Top 15 Miss Illinois USA 1968.
1971 Brucene Smith   Port Lavaca, Texas Top 7 Miss International 1974.
1972 Lynda Carter   Phoenix, Arizona Top 15
1973 Marjorie Wallace   Indianapolis, Indiana Miss World 1973
Lexie Brockway   Richland, Washington Did not compete Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner won Miss World.
1974 Terry Browning   Ormond Beach, Florida 4th Runner-up
1975 Annelise Ilschenko   Middleburg Heights, Ohio
1976 Kimberlee Foley   Southfield, Michigan
1977 Cindy Miller   Chesapeake, Virginia 4th Runner-up
1978 Debra Freeze   Mooresville, North Carolina Top 15
1979 Carter Wilson   Harrisonburg, Virginia Top 15
1980 Brooke Alexander   Kailua, Hawaii Top 7
1981 Lisa Moss   Shreveport, Louisiana Top 7 Miss Louisiana USA 1981, 2nd Runner-up at Miss USA 1981.
1982 Elizabeth LuAnn Caughey   Abilene, Texas Top 7 Miss Texas USA 1982, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1982.
1983 Lisa Allred   Fort Worth, Texas Top 7 Miss Texas USA 1983, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1983.
1984 Kelly Anderson   Clarksburg, West Virginia Top 7 Miss West Virginia USA 1984, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1984.
1985 Brenda Denton   Hobbs, New Mexico 2nd Runner-up Miss World Americas; Miss New Mexico USA 1985, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1985.
1986 Halle Berry   Oakwood, Ohio Top 7 Miss Ohio USA 1986, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1986.
1987 Clotilde Cabrera   Tampa, Florida Miss Personality Award; Miss Florida USA 1987, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1987.
1988 Diana Magaña   Rancho Palos Verdes, California Top 10 Miss California USA 1988, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1988.
1989 Jill Scheffert   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Top 5 Miss Oklahoma USA 1989, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1989.
1990 Gina Tolleson   Charleston, South Carolina Miss World 1990 Miss World Americas; Miss South Carolina USA 1990, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1990.
1991 Charlotte Ray   Camden, New Jersey Top 10 Miss New Jersey USA 1991, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1991.
1992 Sharon Belden   Coral Gables, Florida Top 10 Miss Florida USA 1992.
1993 Maribeth Brown   Holliston, Massachusetts Top 10
1994 Kristie Harmon   Conyers, Georgia Miss Georgia Teen USA 1992.
1995 Jill Ankuda   El Paso, Texas
1996 Kelly Webber   El Paso, Texas
1997 Sallie Toussaint   New York City, New York Top 10 Miss World Americas; Miss Connecticut USA 2000.
1998 Shauna Gambill   Acton, California Top 10 Miss California Teen USA 1994, Miss Teen USA 1994; Miss California USA 1998, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 1998.
1999 Natasha Allas   Los Angeles, California Top 10 Miss California Teen USA 1992, Top 6 at Miss Teen USA 1992.
2000 Angelique Breaux   San Diego, California Top 10 Miss California USA 1999, 2nd Runner-up at Miss USA 1999.
2001 Carrie Stroup   Cashiers, North Carolina
2002 Rebekah Revels   St. Pauls, North Carolina Top 10 Miss World Talent; Miss North Carolina 2002 (dethroned).
2003 Kimberly Harlan   Marietta, Georgia Miss Georgia Teen USA 2002, 4th Runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2002.
2004 Nancy Randall   Chicago, Illinois 2nd Runner-up Miss World Beach Beauty, 1st Runner-up in Miss World People's Choice Award and Top 20 in Miss World Top Model; 1st Runner-up at Miss Earth United States 2006.
2005 Lisette Diaz   Chula Vista, California
2006 Brooke Angus   Burlington, Vermont Top 20 in Miss World Dress Designer Award and Top 24 in Miss World Sports; Miss Vermont USA 2002.
2007 Abigail McCary   Minneapolis, Minnesota Top 16 Miss World Sports.
2008 Lane Lindell   Tampa, Florida Miss World Dress Designer Award, Top 25 in Miss World Beach Beauty and Top 32 in Miss World Top Model.
2009 Lisa-Marie Kohrs   Malibu, California Top 20 in Miss World Beach Beauty.
2010 Alexandria Mills   Louisville, Kentucky Miss World 2010 Miss World Americas, 1st Runner-up in Miss World Beach Beauty and 2nd Runner-up in Miss World Top Model.
2011 Erin Cummins   Arlington, Washington Top 36 in Miss World Beach Beauty.
2012 Claudine Book   Malibu, California Top 15 2nd Runner-up in Beauty with a Purpose, Top 25 in Miss World Talent and Top 56 in Miss World Top Model.
2013 Olivia Jordan   Tulsa, Oklahoma Top 20 1st Runner-up in Miss World Top Model; Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, Miss USA 2015, 2nd-Runner up at Miss Universe 2015.
2014 Elizabeth Safrit   Kannapolis, North Carolina 2nd Runner-up Miss World Americas, Miss World Multimedia, Top 5 in Miss World Talent and Top 32 in Miss World Sports; Miss United States 2014.
2015 Victoria Mendoza   Phoenix, Arizona Top 25 in Beauty with a Purpose, Top 25 in Miss World People's Choice Award and Top 30 in Miss World Talent.
2016 Audra Mari   Fargo, North Dakota Top 11 Miss World Americas, Top 24 in Beauty with a Purpose, Top 24 in Miss World Sports and Top 50 in Miss World People's Choice Award; Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011, 1st Runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2011; Miss North Dakota USA 2014, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 2014.
2017 Clarissa Bowers   Umatilla, Florida Top 40
2018 Marisa Butler   Standish, Maine Top 30 Miss World Sports and Top 18 in Miss World Talent; Miss Maine USA 2016.
2019 Emmy Cuvelier   Pierre, South Dakota Top 40 Top 27 in Miss World Talent and Top 32 in Miss World Sports.

Notes:

  • † Now deceased

By number of statesEdit

States Titles Years
  California 9 1962, 1967, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2012
  New York 7 1952, 1954, 1958, 1960[a], 1963, 1964, 1997
  Texas 6 1969[a], 1971, 1982, 1983, 1995, 1996
  Florida 5 1974, 1987, 1992, 2008, 2017
  North Carolina 4 1978, 2001, 2002, 2014
  Washington 3 1968, 1973[a], 2011
  South Carolina 1953, 1956, 1990
  Virginia 1969, 1977, 1979
  Arizona 2 1972, 2015
  Oklahoma 1989, 2013
  Kentucky 1951, 2010
  Illinois 1970, 2004
  Georgia 1994, 2003
  Ohio 1975, 1986
  West Virginia 1961, 1984
  Utah 1957, 1966
  South Dakota 1 2019
  Maine 2018
  North Dakota 2016
  Minnesota 2007
  Vermont 2006
  Massachusetts 1993
  New Jersey 1991
  New Mexico 1985
  Louisiana 1981
  Hawaii 1980
  Michigan 1976
  Indiana 1973
  District of Columbia 1965
  Missouri 1960
  Connecticut 1959
  Arkansas 1955
  1. ^ a b c Took over or held the title for a brief period of time after the original winner resigned or before they were dethroned, and thus did not compete at Miss World.

Winners' galleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miss World USA Pageant". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  2. ^ Miss World 1973
  3. ^ The American representatives to Miss World 1978-1994
  4. ^ GuyRex, license holder of Miss World 1995 to 1997
  5. ^ Hirsh Wilck, license holder of Miss World 1998 to 2000
  6. ^ Pageantry Magazine and Miss World 2001
  7. ^ Miss World Holdings, license holders of Miss World 2002
  8. ^ US Miss World 2003 and 2004
  9. ^ Barbizon Modeling, license holders of Miss World 2005
  10. ^ Elite Models selecting who will represent the U.S. at the Miss World Pageant.
  11. ^ Kohrs was National Director for 2012-2013 and first woman to hold national franchise license
  12. ^ Christopher Wilmer, the organizer of the Miss United States pageant was the new national director of Miss World in the United States
  13. ^ http://www.americasmissworld.org
  14. ^ http://www.timesofbeauty.com/2018/03/new-national-director-of-miss-world-in.html

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