Miss California USA

This article is about the state pageant to select a California delegate to the Miss USA pageant. For the Miss America state pageant, see Miss California.
Miss California USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Los Angeles
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
Nadia Mejia, Miss California USA 2016, Long Beach, California on December 6, 2015.
Natasha Martinez, Miss California USA 2015, West Hollywood, California on May 24, 2013.
Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014, Long Beach, California on January 4, 2014.
Mabelynn Capeluj, Miss California USA 2013, West Hollywood, California on May 24, 2013.
Natalie Pack, Miss California USA 2012, competing in Palm Desert, California on January 7, 2012.
Alyssa Campanella after winning the title of Miss California USA 2011 in Rancho Mirage, California on Nov. 21, 2010.
Katie Blair after placing first runner-up at Miss California USA 2011, in Rancho Mirage, California on Nov. 21, 2010.
Nicole Johnson, on-stage after being crowned Miss California USA 2010 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California on Nov. 22, 2009
Tami Farrell, Miss California USA 2009, attending the 2010 Miss California USA pageant at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California on Nov. 22, 2009
Carrie Prejean after being crowned Miss California USA 2009 at the Palm Springs Riviera on Nov. 23, 2008
Raquel Beezley, Miss California USA 2008
Meagan Tandy, Miss California USA 2007
Ellen Chapman, Miss California USA 2004
Julie Hayek, Miss California USA and Miss USA 1983

Miss California USA is a pageant that selects the representative for the state of California in the Miss USA pageant.


The current producers are the San Diego-based Top 10 Productions, Inc. Top 10 is led by Pam Wilson and Alex Kuty, who have been involved in pageant and fashion production for many years. Alex Kuty competed multiple times for the title of Miss California USA and although never crowned, she returned to assist during the previous directors leadership. Top 10 took over for K2 Productions in 2013. K2 had a number of controversies but during its 9 years producing the pageant, it managed to be the top placing state at Miss USA, growing the entry numbers to the largest state pageant in the history of Miss USA and doing the first live television airing in over 10 years. In the beginning, K2 Productions was directed by former Miss Teen USA 1995, Keylee Sue Sanders, and Keith Lewis. K2 Productions was later directed by Lewis and briefly co-produced by Miss USA 1995, Shanna Moakler. Moakler resigned in protest after Miss California USA 2009, Carrie Prejean, initially kept her title after controversy escalated from alleged contract violations. Prejean was later dethroned and a public lawsuit with K2 followed. After rumored sex tapes involving Prejean surfaced, both parties settled the case. Prior to K2 Productions, the Miss California USA Pageant was produced by Carolee Munger. Prior to Ms. Munger, Guyrex Productions held the franchise for a number of years and produced successful televised pageants with over 100 participants. Before Guyrex, the pageant was produced by Dr. Leanord Stallcup, who took over the directorship after Faye Smith successfully led the way through the 1970s and 1980s.

California has produced a Miss USA every decade (except the 2000s) and is ranked second highest among states in terms of placements.

Only one Miss California USA was a former Miss California Teen USA, Shauna Gambill, who won the national Miss Teen USA crown in 1994. As Miss California USA in 1998, Gambill placed 1st runner up to Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts, in what is widely considered by pageant fans to be one of the closest-fought pageants in recent years. Two Miss California USAs have also competed in the Miss America pageant, while two were former winners of the Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant.


The Miss California USA 2010 Crown was designed by INTA Gems and Diamonds designer Peter Young in 2009.[1] The crown contains hand-crafted silver and gold as well as over 700 gemstones, including diamonds, sapphires, and pearls.[2] The crown features a heart in the center surrounded by sparkling waves. According to Young, it symbolizes love, unity, and the beauty of California.[2]

Results summary



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 India Williams Santa Monica TBA TBA
2016 Nadia Mejia Diamond Bar 20 Top 5
2015 Natasha Martinez Chino Hills 23
2014 Cassandra Kunze San Diego 20 Top 10 Miss Photogenic
2013 Mabelynn Capeluj[3] San Diego 21 Top 15
2012 Natalie Pack Palos Verdes 22
2011 Katie Blair Los Angeles 23 Succeeded when Alyssa Campanella won Miss USA
Alyssa Campanella[4] Los Angeles 21 Miss USA 2011
2010 Nicole Johnson Westlake Village 24 Top 10, Finished 9th at Miss USA 2010
2009 Tami Farrell Los Angeles 25 Succeeded Carrie Prejean when she was dethroned Previously Miss Oregon Teen USA 2003 and Miss Teen USA 2003.
Carrie Prejean San Diego 21 1st runner-up Protagonist of the Miss USA 2009 controversy; later dethroned by K2 Productions
2008 Raquel Beezley Barstow 21 Top 15, Finished 12th at Miss USA 2008 Raquel Beezley was crowned Miss California USA 2008 after an accounting error in vote counting had previously crowned Christina Silva.[5] Competed at Miss Asia Pacific International 2005 as USA Representative.
2007 Meagan Tandy Fontana 21 3rd runner-up
2006 Tamiko Nash Los Angeles 26 1st runner-up Was model on The Price Is Right in 2007 and 2008.
2005 Brittany Hogan Escondido 20 1st runner-up Was contestant on Fear Factor in 2005 on the Miss USA episode #5.29 (2nd place)
2004 Ellen Chapman San Jose 22 Sister of Miss Nevada USA 2011- Sarah Chapman; Previously Miss Teenage California 1999
2003 Candice Sanders La Habre 26
2002 Tarah Peters San Diego 21 Top 12 semifinalist
2001 Jennifer Glover Castro Valley 21 Later Miss California 2002, 1st runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 2000. Previously Miss United States International 1999, competed at Miss International 1999 in Tokyo, Japan.
2000 Rebekah Ann Keller Lakewood 25 Previously Miss California 1997, 4th runner up at Miss America 1998
1999 Angelique Breaux San Diego 21 2nd runner-up Later Miss World USA 2000, Top 10 Semi-Finalist at Miss World 2000 in London, England, UK.
1998 Shauna Gambill Acton 21 1st runner-up Previously Miss Teen USA 1994 and Miss California Teen USA 1994. Later Miss World USA 1998 and Top 10 Finalist at Miss World 1998 in Seychelles, Africa.
1997 Alisa Kimble Lake Elsinore 27 1st runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1994 as Miss Arizona
1996 Shauna Lyn Searles Tustin 26 3rd runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1990
1995 Deana Avila Laguna Niguel Won the 1988 Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant
1994 Toay Lynn Foster Oxnard
1993 Jane Olvera Fresno 23 Top 12 semifinalist
1992 Shauna Lyn Searles Los Angeles did not compete Succeeded Shannon Marketic when she became Miss USA 1992, later became Miss California USA 1996
Shannon Marketic Malibu 21 Miss USA 1992[6] Miss Photogenic Top 10 semifinalist at Miss Universe 1992
1991 Diane Schock Fontana 24 2nd runner-up
1990 Cynthia Nelson Gilroy
1989 Christina Maria Faust San Fernando Valley 23 Top 10 semifinalist
1988 Diana Magaña[7][8] Rancho Palos Verdes 22 1st runner-up Top 10 semifinalist at Miss World 1988. She also received extensive training alongside eventual pageant winner Courtney Gibbs of Texas from pageant directors GuyRex;.[9]
1987 Lori Dickerson[10] Lodi Miss Congeniality[11]
1986 Kelly Parsons Los Angeles 22 4th runner-up Mouseketeer, Model and Actress
1985 Zina Ponder Long Beach Miss USA Special Awards, column writer for Lakeland Ledger Newspaper, a daily account of Miss USA activities (Actress and Writer, former Director of Creative Affairs for Morgan Freeman's production company ("Under Suspicion", "The Human Factor"), produced "Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, Zina Ponder Pistor & Friends" for Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw's Children's Action Network, University of Southern California (magna cum laude), 1988
1984 Theresa Ring San Diego 1987 Star Search spokesmodel
1983 Julie Lynne Hayek Westwood 22 Miss USA 1983[12] 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1983, has starred in Dallas, Twin Peaks and As the World Turns
1982 Suzanne Dewames Thousand Oaks 3rd runner up in Miss Oktoberfest 1982
1981 Cynthia Kerby Westlake Village 3rd runner-up Miss Photogenic & Miss Congeniality First woman to win Miss Photogenic & Miss Congeniality at Miss USA
1980 Kari Lloyd Thousand Oaks
1979 Linda Fogarty Fullerton Top 12 semifinalist
1978 Donna Adrain Anaheim Top 12 semifinalist
1977 Pamela Gergely San Rafael 3rd runner-up
1976 Joni Pennock[13] Fullerton 20 Top 12 semifinalist
1975 Summer Bartholomew Merced 23 Miss USA 1975 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 1975, Miss Oktoberfest 1973, past hostess of Sale of the Century
1974 Gayle Gorrell Los Angeles 3rd runner-up Miss Oktoberfest 1974
1973 Carol Herrema Artesia Top 12 semifinalist
1972 Kim Hobson San Mateo 2nd runner up
1971 Karin Morrell Auburn Top 12 semifinalist
1970 Linda Hall Los Angeles Top 15 semifinalist
1969 Troas Hayes Sacramento 4th runner-up
1968 Suzanne Fromm Los Angeles Top 15 semifinalist Best State Costume
1967 Susan Bradley Tustin 1st runner-up declined Miss USA title
1966 Maria Remenyi El Cerrito 20 Miss USA 1966 Miss Photogenic Top 15 semifinalist at Miss Universe 1966
1965 Kathryn Lee Hage Santa Monica Top 15 semifinalist
1964 Jeanne Venables Sacramento Top 15 semifinalist Miss Congeniality
1963 Francine Herack Encino 4th runner-up
1962 Marilyn Tindall Los Angeles 3rd runner-up
1961 Pamela Stettler San Rafael 1st runner-up
1960 Teri Janssen Los Angeles Top 15 semifinalist
1959 Terry Lynn Huntingdon Mount Shasta 19 Miss USA 1959 2nd Runner-up at Miss Universe 1959
1958 Donna Kay Brooks Los Angeles Top 15 semifinalist
1957 Peggy Jacobson Los Angeles Top 15 semifinalist
1956 Shirlee Witty Los Angeles
1955 Donna Schurr Los Angeles 3rd runner-up
1954 Sandra Constance Los Angeles Top 20 semifinalist
1953 Marcella Roulette Los Angeles Top 20 semifinalist
1952 Gloria Maxwell Los Angeles

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant




  1. Woolard, Deidre Crown Ready For New Miss California USA Luxist. November 21, 2009.
  2. 1 2 Unveiling the 2010 Miss California USA Crown Promotes Unity, Love and the Beauty of California INTA Gems & Diamonds. November 16, 2009.
  3. "Mabelynn Capeluj Crowned Miss California USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. January 13, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  4. "Glitz, glamour, gowns". The Desert Sun. November 22, 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  5. Mix-Up Strips Miss California-USA of Her Title
  6. "Miss USA crowned". Dallas Morning News. Associated Press. February 8, 1992. Retrieved 4 November 2010. Shannon La Rhea Marketic, Miss California USA, was crowned Miss USA 1992 Friday night in Wichita, Kan. The 22-year-old Pepperdine University student, a native of Malibu, looked upward when she realized she had won. She then made a thank-you gesture to the audience and judges.
  7. "New Miss California". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1987-08-31. p. 6.
  8. "Bringing Up Beauty / In the months before the Miss USA Pageant, advisers work on Miss California". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1987-10-01. p. 6.
  9. Lewis, Holden (1988-03-02). "Miss USA Contest Rewards Winners, Gurus". Associated Press.
  10. "Miss California-USA". The San Francisco Chronicle. 1986-10-30. p. 6.
  11. "Personal Mention". Houston Chronicle. 1987-02-13.
  12. "Would-be dentist wears a crown". Philadelphia Daily News. May 13, 1983. Retrieved 4 November 2010. Miss California, Julie Lynne Hayek, a green-eyed student model who wants to be a dentist, was crowned Miss USA last night.
  13. "Sharing Gospel is Great Joy for Miss California". The Deseret News. 1976-11-06.

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