Caroline McGowan

Caroline McGowan
Beauty pageant titleholder

A blonde woman in a purple dress and tan jacket wearing a Miss Oregon pageant sash

Caroline McGowan, August 2011
Born Caroline Elizabeth McGowan
(1991-02-25) February 25, 1991
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Education Oregon State University
Portland State University
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Title(s) Miss Linn-Benton County 2011[2]
Miss Oregon 2011
Miss America 2012
Official website

Caroline McGowan (born February 25, 1991) is an American actress and beauty pageant titleholder from Corvallis, Oregon, who was crowned Miss Oregon 2011. She competed for the Miss America 2012 title but was not a Top 16 semi-finalist.

Pageant career

Miss Oregon 2011

In March 2011, McGowan was crowned Miss Linn-Benton County 2011.[3] She entered the Miss Oregon pageant in late June 2011 as one of 22 qualifiers for the state title.[4][5] McGowan's competition talent was a classic vocal performance of the aria "Chanson Boheme" from the opera Carmen. Her platform was "Eating Disorder Awareness: Empowerment Through Attitude".[6][7]

McGowan won the competition on Saturday, July 2, 2011, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Oregon titleholder Stephenie Steers.[8][9] She earned more than $10,000 in scholarship money and other prizes from the state pageant. As Miss Oregon, her activities included public appearances across the state of Oregon.[10]

Vying for Miss America

McGowan was Oregon's representative at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2012.[11][12] She was not one of the 16 semi-finalists for the national crown and earned a $3,000 non-finalist scholarship prize.[13]

Personal life and education

McGowan was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and raised in suburban Waukee, Iowa.[10] She is a 2009 graduate of Waukee High School.[10] Her father is Dan McGowan and her mother is Kathy McGowan.[14]

From 2009 through 2011, McGowan was a student at Oregon State University studying communications.[2] After her year as Miss Oregon, McGowan shifted to Portland State University where she studied philosophy.[15]


  1. "Caroline McGowan". Portland, OR: Option Model & Media. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "OSU Student Wins the Title of Miss Oregon 2011". Oregon State University. July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  3. "Past Title-Holders". Eugene, OR: Miss Lane County Scholarship Program. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  4. Bengel, Erick (July 4, 2011). "'Dreams really do come true'". The Daily Astorian. Astoria, OR: EO Media Group. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  5. "Miss Oregon 2011 competition this week, in Seaside". Argus Observer. Ontario, OR: Wick Communications. June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  6. "Corvallis woman crowned Miss Oregon 2011". KPTV. July 3, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  7. "Humble to represent Clatsop County at Miss Oregon competition". The Daily Astorian. Astoria, OR: EO Media Group. June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  8. "Caroline McGowan of Corvallis wins 2011 Miss Oregon pageant". The Oregonian. Eugene, OR: Advance Publications. Associated Press. July 2, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  9. Spitaleri, Ellen (July 6, 2011). "Miss Portland fourth in Miss Oregon pageant". Portland Tribune. Portland, OR: Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  10. 1 2 3 "Miss Oregon Returns". Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally. February 13, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  11. "State Contestants: Oregon - 2011". Miss America. 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  12. Ruark, Jeremy C. (July 3, 2011). "McGowan crowned Miss Oregon in Seaside". The Daily Astorian. Astoria, OR: EO Media Group. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  13. "Miss America 2012 Pageant Scholarship Winners". Miss America. January 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  14. Elbert, David (July 6, 2011). "Iowa banker's daughter crowned Miss Oregon". The Des Moines Register. Des Moines, IA: Gannett. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  15. "Caroline McGowan". LinkedIn. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stephenie Steers
Miss Oregon
Succeeded by
Rachel Berry
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