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As the legend goes, when Miss America 1951, Yolande Betbeze refused to model swimsuits for pageant sponsor, Catalina, Miss America 1949, Jaque Mercer suggested that the swimsuit manufacturer start their own pageant...
And MISS UNIVERSE was born!

The first pageant was held in 1952, and Armi Kuusela representing Finland won the title, currently held by Denise Quinones of Puerto Rico.

Earlier that week, New York's Jackie Loughery had been crowned the first MISS USA, a title now held by Texas' Kandace Krueger.

Now separate events, both competitions had their start in Long Beach, California, USA.

In 1983, the MISS TEEN USA pageant was created, with yet another New Yorker, Ruth Zakarian (stage name: Devon Pierce) emerging victorious in Lakeland, Florida and begining a great tradition continued today by Pennsylvania's Jillian Parry.

This pageant system is currently co-owned by Donald Trump and the CBS Television Network of the United States.

 


MISS USA 2001

in review

Kandace Krueger, Miss USA 2001

At the
2001 Miss USA Pageant
telecast (from Gary, Indiana) Friday, March 2 on CBS-TV. Lynette Cole of Tennesee crowned her successor,Kandace Krueger, Miss Texas-USA who represented the United States at the Miss Universe Pageant, May 11, 2001 in Puerto Rico also on CBS!

The 2001 Miss USA Pageant was hosted by William Shatner; Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000 and Vannessa Minillo, Miss Teen-USA 1998. The First-Runner up was Miss District of Columbia-USA, Liane Angus. Miss Georgia-USA, Tiffany Fallon was second Runner-up. The representatives from Nevada, Gina Giacinto and Missouri, Larissa Meek, rounded out the top five.

Final Results

Miss U.S.A. 2001 Kandace Krueger TX

1st Runner-up Liane Angus DC
2nd Runner-up Tiffany Fallon GA
Finalist Gina Giacinto NV
Finalist Larissa Meek MO
Semi-Finalist Lisa Tollett TN
Semi-Finalist Yanaiza Alvarez RI
Semi-Finalist Courtney Amaretta Phillips OK
Semi-Finalist Kenya Howard MI
Semi-Finalist Endia Li Abrante OR
Swimsuit Award Larissa Meek MO
Style Award Megan Gunning MD
Congeniality Award Monica Palumbo NC
Photogenic Award Katee Doland CO
*Ms Krueger judged a "Ms. Pregnant America" pageant on Live with Regis and Kelly May 22, 2001.


MISS UNIVERSE 2001

IN REVIEW

Miss Universe 2001, Denise Quinones (Puerto Rico) receives the crown from her predecessor, Lara Dutta (India).

 

Ms. Quinnones speaks with Miss Universe co-owner, Donald Trump.

The 50th Annual Miss Universe Pageant was held in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and telecast On CBS on May 11, 2001,with hosts Naomi Campbell & Elle Mac Pherson. Co-host were "E!" television's Todd Newton and Miss Universe 1997, Brook Lee of the USA. The special musical guest was RICKY MARTIN!

Final Results
Miss Universe 2001 Denise Quinones
Puerto Rico
1st Runner-up Evelina Papantoniou
Greece
2nd Runner-up Kandace Krueger
USA
3rd Runner-up Eva Ekvall
Venezuela
4th Runner-up Celina Jaitley
India
Semi-Finalist Eva Siso Casals
Spain
Semi-Finalist Agbani Derego
Nigeria
Semi-Finalist Elodie Gossuin
France
Semi-Finalist Ilanit Levi
Israel
Semi-Finalist Oxana Kaladryrets
Russia
Swimsuit Award Denise Quinones
Puerto Rico
Style Award Denise Quinones
Puerto Rico
Congeniality Award Nakera Simms
Bahamas
Photogenic Award Denise Quinones
Puerto Rico
Costume Award Sa-Lang Kim
Korea

MISS TEEN-USA 2000

IN REVIEW

Jillian Parry, Miss Teen-USA 2000

At the
2000 Miss Teen-USA Pageant
telecast (from Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana) Saturday, August 26, on CBS-TV. Ashley Coleman of Delaware crowned her successor,Jillan Parry, Miss Pennsylvania Teen-USA.

The 2000 Miss Teen-USA Pageant was hosted by Brian Mc Fayden (MTV), Julie Moran (Entertaiment Tonight) and Ali Landry, Miss Louisiana Teen-USA 1990 and Miss USA 1996
. The First-Runner up was Miss Texas Teen-USA, Nicole O'Brian. Miss Kentucky Teen-USA, Kristen Johnson was second Runner-up. The representatives from Georgia, Abby Vaillancourt, and Tennesee, Casey Porter rounded out the top five.

Final Results
Miss Teen-USA 2000 Jillian Parry PA

1st Runner-up Nicole O'Brien TX
2nd Runner-up Kristen Johnson KY
Finalist Abby Vaillancourt GA
Finalist Casey Porter TN
Semi-Finalist Caitlin Mc Intosh MO
Semi-Finalist Tiera Dews DC
Semi-Finalist Kera Boog IN
Semi-Finalist Megan Munroe WA
Semi-Finalist Nina Moch LA
Swimsuit Award Nicole O'Brien TX
Style Award Abby Vaillancourt GA
Photogenic Award Kristen Johnson KY
Congeniality Award Shari Short ID


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