Miss USA 1999

Miss USA 1999
Date February 4, 1999
Presenters Shemar Moore, Julie Moran and Ali Landry
Venue Grande Palace Theatre, Branson, Missouri
Broadcaster CBS, KOAM-TV, KOLR-TV
Winner Kimberly Pressler
New York (state) New York
Congeniality Cara Jackson
Photogenic Elyzabeth Pham

Miss USA 1999, the 48th Miss USA pageant, was held at the Grande Palace Theatre in Branson, Missouri on February 4, 1999.[1]

At the conclusion of the final competition, Kimberly Pressler of New York, was crowned by outgoing titleholder Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts.[2] Pressler became the third Miss New York USA to win the crown on finals night, and the fourth titleholder from New York.

After months of negotiation, Branson was announced as the pageant's location in November 1998.[3][4] City officials spent $125,000 of tax money to host the pageant in Branson in the hope that it would encourage tourism but admitted after the pageant that it was not worth the cost.[5][6] Sponsors contributed a further $1 million towards the hosting of the event.[7] The pageant had previously been held in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1997-1998.[7]

Shemar Moore hosted the pageant for the only time, and color commentary was added by Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry and Julie Moran, for the second consecutive year.[8] Entertainment was provided by Collin Raye and The Atomic Fireballs.[8]



Map showing placements by state
Final results Contestant
Miss USA 1999
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 5
Top 10

Special awards


Final competition

State Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown AverageFinalists
New York8.469.639.339.149.65
South Carolina8.689.649.649.329.51
New Mexico8.829.369.119.099.23

  First runner-up
  Second runner-up
  Top 5 Finalist


The Miss USA 1999 delegates were:

Historical significance


Thirteen delegates had previously competed or would later compete in either the Miss World, Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants.


See also


  1. McDonough, Kevin (1999-02-05). "Miss USA brings fun back pageants". Reading Eagle. p. W21.
  2. Associated Press (1999-02-06). "Miss New York Wins Miss USA". Toledo Blade. p. 12.
  3. "Branson hopes to hold beauty pageant". Southeast Missourian. 1998-08-12. p. 5B.
  4. Associated Press (1998-11-04). "Branson to Play Host to Next February's Miss USA pageant". The Nevada Daily Mail. p. 5A.
  5. Associated Press (1999-01-26). "Branson seeks Miss USA pageant rewards". Southeast Missourian. p. 8A.
  6. Associated Press (1999-07-30). "Branson Chamber slashes Miss USA sponsorship". Southeast Missourian. p. 6A.
  7. 1 2 Avila, Oscar (1999-02-05). "Miss USA Pageant gives Branson a chance to update its image.". Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.
  8. 1 2 Martin, John (1999-02-05). "Miss USA follows formula". The Spokesman-Review. p. D4.
  9. Morrison, Aaron (1999-02-07). "Winthrop Grad becomes Miss USA finalist". The Rock Hill Herald. p. 1B.
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