Miss Iowa USA

Miss Iowa USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Des Moines
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Iowa.
Katherine Connors, Miss Iowa USA 2010
Dani Reeves, Miss Iowa USA 2007
Sarah Corpstein, Miss Iowa USA 2006
Jamie Solinger, Miss Iowa USA 1998

The Miss Iowa USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Iowa in the Miss USA pageant.

While Iowa has not been greatly successful in the past four decades, they were one of the most consistent states in the first decade of the pageant's existence. The second Miss USA to win the Miss Universe Crown was Carol Morris of Iowa in 1956.

Jamie Solinger, Miss Teen USA 1992 and Miss Iowa USA 1998, crowned her sister Jaclyn Solinger as Miss Iowa USA 1999.

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 Kelsey Weier West Des Moines 25 TBA
2016 Alissa Katelin Morrison Davenport 24
2015 Taylor Even Jesup 21
2014 Carlyn Nicole Bradarich Iowa City 23 5th runner-up Sister of Ashley Bradarich, Miss Illinois USA 2010

Later Miss Illinois World 2015, top 12 at Miss World America 2015

2013 Richelle Elizabeth Orr[1] Hampton 20 Previously Miss Iowa Teen USA 2011
2012 Rebecca Hodge Iowa City 22 Miss Congeniality
2011 Rebecca Goldsmith Chariton 26
2010 Katherine Connors Bettendorf 20 Threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals baseball game following a joke by Nationals pitcher Miguel Batista at Miss Iowa's expense. Batista sent flowers, but declined Connors' challenge to "walk the runway in a swimsuit."
2009 Chelsea Gauger Ankeny 19
2008 Abbey Nicole Curran Kewanee, IL 20 First person born with a disability (cerebral palsy) to compete in Miss USA[2]
2007 Dani Reeves Hamburg 21
2006 Sarah Corpstein Anamosa 23
2005 Joy Robinson Altoona 25
2004 Brooke Hansen Fort Dodge 22
2003 Linsey Grams Urbandale 20
2002 Lauren Wilson Bettendorf 22
2001 Clarissa Kroese Pella 22
2000 Jensie Grigsby West Des Moines 26 Top 10, Finishing in 10th Place
1999 Jaclyn Solinger Altoona
1998 Jamie Solinger Altoona Previously Miss Iowa Teen USA 1992 and Miss Teen USA 1992. Later Mrs. Iowa America 2004 and 3rd runner-up to Mrs. America 2004 under her married name, Jamie Patterson.[3]
1997 Shawn Marie Brogan New Hampton
1996 Jill Simon Burlington
1995 Angela Hearne Mount Vernon
1994 Callie Pandit Des Moines
1993 Jan Hoyer Fort Madison Top 12 Semi-finalist, Finishing in 8th Place Previously Miss Iowa Teen USA 1987, Sister of miss Iowa USA 1982 Jeanne Hoyer
1992 Pam Patrick Ottumwa
1991 Heather Bowers Toddville
1990 Elizabeth Muelhaupt West Des Moines, Iowa
1989 Marcy Requist Red Oak
1988 Julie Kemmerling Hinsdale, IL
1987 Katy Magee Jefferson
1986 Holly Wilkins Clear Lake
1985 Karen North Ames
1985 Devin Steinberg Manson Original winner, dethroned after she married during her reign.
1984 Michele Boisvert Decorah
1983 Dana Ruth Mintzer Des Moines Miss Congeniality
1982 Jeanne Hoyer Fort Madison Sister of Miss Iowa USA 1993 Jan Hoyer
1981 Jennifer Lynn Wimpey Iowa City
1980 Lori Kromminga Keystone
1979 Teri Lee Rees Sioux City
1978 Michelle Daley West Des Moines
1977 Cindy Woodard Urbandale
1976 Shery Lynn Davenport Storm Lake
1975 Kathleen Duggan Council Bluffs
1974 Susan Jane Thompson Cedar Rapids
1973 Dyanna Roberts Oskaloosa
1972 Jennifer Jo Owen Maxwell
1971 Cindy Helmers Sibley
1970 Jacqueline Jochims Carroll 3rd runner up at Miss International 1971, represented Iowa in Miss World USA 1970, did not place
1969 Becky Stoner Laurens
1968 Markie Anderson Sioux City
1967 Kathleen Solt Jefferson
1966 Janis Mieras Alta
1965 Mari Hardy Sioux City
1964 Barbara Rodgers Perry
1963 Ramona Meylor Le Mars
1962 Regina Prusha Cedar Rapids
1961 Deanne Ostermann Ocheyedan
1960 Trudy Shulkin Sioux City Semi-finalist
1959 Kay Nielson Council Bluffs Semi-finalist Former Miss Nebraska 1957
1958 Sandra Olsen Sioux City
1957 Judy Hall Council Bluffs Semi-finalist
1956 Carol Morris Ottumwa 19 Miss USA 1956 Miss Universe 1956, Miss Iowa 1954
1955 Jerri Jean Cole Holstein
1954 Ione Lucken Le Mars Semi-finalist
1953 Marilyn Shonka Sioux City Semi-finalist
1938 Louise Fouts Gruver

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. "Richelle Orr Crowned Miss Iowa USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. October 15, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  2. Johnson, Kristine (2008-04-10). "Beating The Odds: Beauty Queen With Cerebral Palsy". WCBS-TV. Archived from the original on 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
  3. "2004 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010.
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