Miss USA 1981

Miss USA 1981
Date May 21, 1981
Presenters Bob Barker
Venue Gulf Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, Mississippi
Broadcaster CBS
Entrants 50
Placements 12
Winner Kim Seelbrede
Ohio Ohio
Congeniality California Cynthia Kerby
Photogenic California Cynthia Kerby

Miss USA 1981, the 30th Miss USA pageant, was televised live on May 21, 1981 from the Gulf Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi on CBS.

The pageant was won by Kim Seelbrede of Ohio, who was crowned by outgoing titleholder Jineane Ford of Arizona. Seelbrede was the second woman from Ohio to win the Miss USA title, and went on to place as a semi-finalist in Miss Universe 1981.

The 1981 pageant featured only 50 delegates after Deborah Fountain of New York was disqualified during the preliminary judging after being found to have padded her swimsuit.[1] The final question that was asked by each of the Top Five delegates was "Your sister or best friend has been chosen for the Miss USA 1982 and she came to you for advice what would you tell her?"


Final ResultsContestant
Miss USA 1981
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 12

Special awards

(Kerby is the only Miss USA delegate to have won both special awards)


The Miss USA 1981 delegates were:



  1. "Headliners; Truth in Packaging". New York Times. 1981-05-24. Retrieved 2010-05-10.

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