Miss Rhode Island USA

Miss Rhode Island USA
Formation 1952
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Providence
Miss USA
Official language
Website Official website
For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Rhode Island.

The Miss Rhode Island USA competition is the beauty pageant that selects the representative for the state Rhode Island in the Miss USA pageant.

Historically, Rhode Island has been comparatively unsuccessful at Miss USA but has been one of the most consistent states since 2000, with four semi-finalist placements and one first runner-up placement. On June 3, 2012, Olivia Culpo won the first Miss USA title from the state of Rhode Island. On December 19, 2012, Olivia became the first Rhode Islander to win the title of Miss Universe. Olivia Culpo also became the first Triple Crown winner in the history of Miss Rhode Island USA.

Results summary


Olivia Culpo, Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012, from Rhode Island.
Amy Diaz, Miss Rhode Island USA 2008
Danielle Lacourse, Miss Rhode Island USA 2007
Leeann Tingley, Miss Rhode Island USA 2006
Allison Paganetti, Miss Rhode Island USA 2005
Claudia Jordan, Miss Rhode Island USA 1997
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 Swanson Cranston 22 TBA
2016 Theresa Agonia Providence 23
2015 Anea Garcia Cranston 20 2nd runner-up Dethroned Miss Grand International 2015
2014 Christina Palavra Providence 18 Miss Congeniality
2013 Brittany Stenovitch Cranston 19
2012 Olivia Culpo Cranston 20 Miss USA 2012 Miss Universe 2012
2011 Kate McCaughey Lincoln 22
2010 Kristina Primavera Narragansett 22 Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2003
2009 Alysha Castonguay Woonsocket 22 Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2002 and Top 10 Semifinalist at Miss Teen USA 2002, Previously Miss Teen America 2003
2008 Amy Diaz Johnston 23 Top 15 Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001 and competed in Miss Earth 2009, Later won Season 23 of The Amazing Race
2007 Danielle Lacourse North Providence 21 1st runner-up
2006 Leeann Tingley East Greenwich 24 Top 10
2005 Allison Paganetti North Kingstown 21
2004 Sarah Bettencourt Lincoln 20
2003 Krisily Kennedy Warwick 23 Runner-up on season 7 of The Bachelor and a contestant on the first season of Bachelor Pad
2002 Janet Sutton Narragansett 23 Top 12
2001 Yanaiza Alvarez Providence 24 Top 10 Was a contestant on the show Fear Factor Episode 2.6 original air date 1/14/2002
2000 Heidi St. Pierre Harrisville 23
1999 Claire DeSimone Warwick Later Mrs. Massachusetts America 2004 and Top 10 semi-finalist at Mrs. America 2004 under her married name, Claire O'Connor.[1]
1998 Connie Harrolle East Providence
1997 Claudia Jordan East Providence 23 Top 10 Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1990; Suitcase model on Deal or No Deal
1996 Karen Bradley Providence 19
1995 Jennifer Aubin Woonsocket 20 Top 12
1994 RayeAnne Johnson Lincoln Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1987
1993 Juli Roach Wakefield
1992 Yvette Hernandez Providence
1991 Lynne Michael Cranston
1990 Susan Lima West Warwick
1989 Debra Damiano Providence
1988 Cindy Geronda North Providence
1987 Lisa Benson North Kingstown
1986 Donna Silva Cranston
1985 Dana Wilson Riverside
1984 Debbie Mowry North Providence
1983 Allegra Hendricks Providence
1982 Peggy McGraw Scituate
1981 Patti Reo Cranston
1980 Robyn Hall Pawtucket
1979 Theresa Patterson Lincoln
1978 Sharon Lee McGarry Warwick
1977 Susan Carten Cranston
1976 Kathleen Confreda Warwick
1975 Marice Love Providence
1974 Debra Anne Cerroni Smithfield
1973 Gayle White Providence 21 2nd runner-up
1972 Jeanne Lemay West Warwick
1971 Laurie Stahle North Kingstown
1970 Rebecca Galleshaw Warwick
1969 Donna Lewis Providence
1968 Betty Lou Whitmore Providence
1967 Nancy Giuliano Woonsocket
1966 Barbara Williams Providence
1965 Paula Farrow Warwick
1964 Carol Ann Tantimonico Johnston
1963 Rosemary Jane Dickinson Providence
1962 Marilyn Ann Scott Pawtucket
1961 Joan Marie Zeller Riverside 23 Semi-finalist
1960 Lorelie Sue White Cranston
1959 Gloria Ryder Providence
1958 Claire DiPaolo Providence
1957 Myrna Altieri Cranston
1956 Sandra Vozella Point Judith
1955 Beverly Jansen Providence
1954 Joyce Ann Sandberg Warwick
1953 Barbara Rose Deigman Providence
1952 Delores Selinder Providence

1 Age at the time of the Miss Rhode Island USA pageant


  1. "2004 Mrs America". Retrieved July 9, 2010.
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