Miss Arkansas USA
The Miss Arkansas USA competition, previously known as Miss Arkansas Universe, is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arkansas in the Miss USA pageant and the name of the title held by that winner. The only Miss Arkansas USA to win the Miss USA title is Terri Utley of Cabot in 1982.
The state pageant was directed by Premier Pageants from 2002 to 2007 before becoming part of the Vanbros organization, headquartered in Kansas, in 2007. Vanbros has chosen Bentonville, Arkansas as the new host city of the pageant from 2007 and will be extending the competition from one day to three in the hopes of encouraging more contestants. Other host cities for the pageant have included Little Rock, Magnolia and West Memphis.
The current titleholder is Arynn Johnson of Hot Springs.
- Miss USA: Terri Utley (1982)
- 1st runner-up: Margaret Haywood (1955)
- 2nd runner-up: Nancy McCollum (1956)
- Top 10: Chanley Painter (2009), Abby Floyd (2016)
- Top 15/16: Jineane Marie Ford (1954), Helen Garrott (1957), Donna Needham (1959), Ann Smithwick (1968), Mary Dial (1970), Jessica Furrer (2005), Adrielle Churchill (2010), Kelsey Dow (2012)
- Miss Photogenic: Jennifer Sherrill (2004)
- Color key
- Declared as winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2017||Arynn Johnson||Hot Springs||20||TBA||TBA||Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2015 & semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 2015|
|2016||Abby Floyd||Searcy||20||Top 10||Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2013 & semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 2013|
|2012||Kelsey Dow||Jonesboro||21||Top 16|
|2011||Lakynn McBride||White Hall||20|
|2010||Adrielle Churchill||Dover||24||Top 15||Former National Sweetheart 2005|
|2009||Chanley Painter||Conway||24||Top 10|
|2007||Kelly George||Sherwood||24||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2004 as Miss Maryland|
|2005||Jessica Furrer||Conway||22||Top 15|
|2004||Jennifer Sherrill||Sherwood||19||Miss Photogenic|
|1997||Tamara Henry||Little Rock||25|
|1996||Tiffany Parks||20||Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1993|
|1994||Hannah Hilliard||Little Rock|
|1993||Kati Fish||Hot Springs|
|1990||Kathryn Harris||Pine Bluff||18|
|1989||Paige Yandell||Greenwood||Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1987|
|1988||Melissa Staples||Calion||Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1984|
|1982||Terri Utley||Cabot||20||Miss USA||4th runner-up at Miss Universe 1982|
|1978||Donna Funderburk||El Dorado|
|1976||Sonia Kay Jines||Conway|
|1975||Robin Fields||Hot Springs|
|1972||Susan Tichenor||Pine Bluff||21|
|1971||Paula Keith||Little Rock||20|
|1967||Katy Wurst||Fort Smith||19|
|1965||Jeri Haynie||El Dorado|
|1963||Cheryl Bechtelheimer||2nd runner up at Miss American Beauty 1964 (Title for US Rep to Miss International pageant)|
|1956||Nancy McCollum||2nd runner-up|
|1955||Margaret Haywood||Jonesboro||1st runner-up||Miss World United States 1955, 1st runner up at Miss World 1955 as Miss USA; 2nd runner-up Miss Dixie 1955|
|1954||Jineane Marie Ford||Semi-finalist|
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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- "UA Freshman Places Second in Contest". Northwest Arkansas Times. May 1, 1967. p. 8. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Magnolia Girl Wins Contest". Hope Star. May 1, 1967. p. 1. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Clergyman's daughter may be Miss Universe". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. July 19, 1956. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.