Miss North Carolina USA

For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss North Carolina.
Miss North Carolina USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Charlotte
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton, who competed as Miss North Carolina USA.
Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley from North Carolina
Katie Coble, Miss North Carolina USA 2017
Sydney Perry, Miss North Carolina USA 2012
Andrea Duke, Miss North Carolina USA 2008
Erin O'Kelley, Miss North Carolina USA 2007

The Miss North Carolina USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state North Carolina in the Miss USA pageant. This state is part of the RPM Productions group.

In 2005, Miss North Carolina USA Chelsea Cooley won the Miss USA crown and placed in the top 10 at Miss Universe. Cooley is the first former Miss North Carolina Teen USA to win the Miss title, although not the first to have competed at Miss Teen USA. The second Miss North Carolina Teen USA to win the Miss title was Erin O'Kelley in 2007. She went on to place in the top 15 at Miss USA 2007. Similar to the Miss Utah USA titleholders, both Cooley and Kelley placed at Miss USA, eclipsing their teen performances. In 2009, Kristen Dalton became the second woman from North Carolina to be crowned Miss USA.

Two Miss North Carolina USAs have also competed at Miss America.

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 Katie Coble Charlotte 27 TBA Previously Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2007 and 2nd runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2007.
2016 Devin Gant Charlotte 24 Took over title when Allison Dunn resigned due to illness.
Allison Dunn Stallings 21 Resigned the title of Miss North Carolina USA 2016 due to illness.
2015 Julia Dalton Wilmington 24 Previously Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 and 2nd runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2008. Sister of Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009. Daughter of Jeannie Boger, Miss North Carolina USA 1982.
2014 Olivia Olvera Fayetteville 26
2013 Ashley Love-Mills[1] Raleigh 24 Top 10
2012 Sydney Perry Wilmington 21 Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 2008
2011 Brittany York Wilmington 22
2010 Nadia Moffett High Point 24
2009 Kristen Dalton Wilmington 22 Miss USA 2009 Top 10 at Miss Universe 2009, Sister of Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 and Miss North Carolina USA 2015, Daughter of Miss North Carolina USA 1982, 1st runner up at Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2005
2008 Andrea Duke Hendersonville 25 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006
2007 Erin O'Kelley Asheville 21 Top 15 Previously Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2001
2006 Samantha Holvey Buies Creek /Glenville, West Va 20 On Oct. 14, 2016 Holvey told CNN that Donald Trump personally inspected each woman prior to the contest.[2]
2005 Chelsea Cooley Charlotte 21 Miss USA 2005 Top 10 at Miss Universe 2005, previously Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2000, Miss United States Teen 2001 (1st runner-up at Miss Teen International 2001)
2004 Ashley Puleo Pinehurst 25 2nd Runner-up
2003 Kristen Luneberg Durham 22 Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1998
2002 Alison English Archdale 22
2001 Monica Palumbo Charlotte 19 Miss Congeniality
2000 Portia Lyndell Johnson Greensboro 24
1999 Joy Hall Sanford 24
1998 Vera Morris Nashville 23 Miss Congeniality
1997 Crystal McLaurin-Coney Durham
1996 Jessica McMinn Tuxedo
1995 Michelle Mauney Stanley Semi-finalist in Miss World USA 1994
1994 Lynn Jenkins Gastonia 26 2nd Runner-up
1993 Christa Tyson Monroe
1992 Tess Elliott High Point 20 Top 11 (10th Place) Died in a sky-diving accident only weeks after the conclusion of her reign.[3]
1991 Pat Arnold Chapel Hill 21 Top 6 (5th place) Miss Photogenic
1990 Altman Allen Shelby
1989 Jacqueline Padgette Hobgood
1988 Tammy Tolar Fayetteville
1987 Donna Wilson Davidson
1986 Rhonda Nobles Fayetteville 20 Top 10 Semi-finalist
1985 Kate Kenney Raleigh
1984 Cookie Noak Hickory 23 Top 10 Semi-finalist
1983 Allison Payge Pinson Mooresville
1982 Jeannie Boger Sanford Mother of Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton (Miss North Carolina USA 2009) and Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 Julia Dalton (second-runner up at Miss Teen USA 2008).
1981 Lisa Colleen Swift Southport
1980 Lori Boggs Kannapolis
1979 Dianne Jamerson Asheville 24 Top 12 Semi-finalist
1978 Kathryn Norman Charlotte
1977 Vikki Verbyla Lenoir
1976 Dianne Bowen Windsor
1975 Constance Ann Dorn Kinston 21 2nd Runner-up Previously Miss North Carolina 1972, 1st runner up to Miss America 1973
1974 Marcia Patrice Burton Hickory 21 4th Runner-up
1973 Vivian Anita Craig Stanley
1972 Deborah Ann Falls Vale 21 Top 12 Semi-finalist
1971 Mary Rudroff Wiston-Salem
1970 Susan Bodsford Ramseur
1969 Faye Bass Durham 19 received United Artist Special Talent Award
1968 Kelli Ann Moore Raleigh
1967 Patti Jean Effron Jacksonville
1966 Brenda Faye Moye Fountain
1965 Sandra Farmer Greensboro
1964 Did Not Compete
1963 Trudy Ann Cauthen Newton
1962 Brenda Joyce Smith Charlotte
1961 Marie Clyburn Charlotte
1960 Lyndia Ann Tarlton Wingate 19 3rd Runner-up
1959 Peggy Anne Brown Sunbury
1958 Carol Jean Edwards Elizabeth City
1957 Peggy Ann Dennis Lilesville
1956 Shirley Bagwell Raleigh 18 Top 16 Semi-finalist
1955 Mary Grace Ratliffe Wadesboro
1954 Ann Pickett Charlotte
1953 Libby Walker Wilton
1952 Doris M. Stanley Greensboro

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


  1. "Miss North Carolina USA 2013 is Ashley Mills". Beauty Pageant News. November 11, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  2. Scott Zamost, CNN, October 13, 2016, Ex-contestant: Trump inspected each woman before pageant, Retrieved October 14, 2016, "...He would step in front of each girl and look you over from head to toe like we were just meat ... You know when a gross guy at the bar is checking you out? It's that feeling..." -- Samantha Holvey
  3. "1992 Miss North Carolina USA Killed in Skydiving Accident". The Associated Press. 1992-09-22.
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