Miss USA 2003
|Miss USA 2003|
|Date||March 24, 2003|
|Presenters||Billy Bush, Daisy Fuentes|
|Venue||San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas|
Miss USA 2003, the 52nd Miss USA pageant, was held at the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas on March 24, 2003. It was the first time it had been held in this state since 1996 when the pageant was held in South Padre Island. It was the latest it had been held since 1986, as previous pageants had been held in February or early March.
The format reverted to a Top Ten who competed in swimsuit and evening gown, although, as with 2002, there was no interview competition for the semi-finalists. This would be the last year where a top ten was called. The following Miss Universe Organization pageant, Miss Universe 2003 and onward, fifteen semi-finalists have been called each year.
Daisy Fuentes co-hosted the event for the first time (although she had been a color commentator in 1995), joined by Billy Bush who would also host the 2004 and 2005 events, as well as the Miss Universe pageants all three years. Color commentary was added by reigning Miss USA Shauntay Hinton. Entertainment was provided by Burn The Floor.
|Miss USA 2003|
The Miss USA 2003 delegates were:
|Alabama||Michelle Arnette||Dothan||25||5'10"||1st Runner up|
|Alaska||Stacey Storey||Eagle River||25||5'8"||Previously Miss Alaska 1995|
|California||Candice Sanders||La Habra||26||5'10"|
|Colorado||Erin Caperton MacGregor||Denver||26||5'9"||Previously Miss Colorado 1999|
|Delaware||Cheryl Lynn Crowe||Felton||24||5'9"||Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 1997|
|District of Columbia||Michelle Dollie Wright||Washington, DC||26||5'6"||Previously Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 1995|
|Florida||Carrie Mewha||Fort Lauderdale||24||5'10"|
|Hawaii||Alicia Malia Michioka||Kapaa||24||5'5"||Top 10|| Her sister, Justine Michioka, succeeded her as Miss Hawaii USA 2004.
Later Mrs. Hawaii United States 2004 and 1st Runner up at Mrs. United States 2004.
|Illinois||Agnieszka Zakreta||Rolling Meadows||24||5'9"||Previously Miss Tourism International 1999 as Poland's representative|
|Indiana||Tashina Brooke Kastigar||West Terre Haute||22||5'9"||Top 10||Previously Miss Indiana Teen USA 1998|
|Kansas||Alicia Angelina Cabrera||Leawood||24||5'8"|
|Louisiana||Brittney Rogers||Shreveport||20||5'6"|| Won Fear Factor Miss USA 2003 special.
She and her family placed 9th on The Amazing Race: Family Edition.
|Massachusetts||Susie Castillo||Lawrence||23||5'8"||Winner||Previously Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998|
|Michigan||Elisa Kathleen Schleef||St. Joseph||23||5'8"||3rd Runner up|
|Minnesota||Sarah Cahill||Waseca||24||5'8"||Miss Photogenic||Previously Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1996|
|Mississippi||Allison Bloodworth||Grenada||21||5'8"||Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1999|
|Nevada||Ashley Huff||Henderson||22||5'7"||Previously Miss Nevada 2001|
|New Hampshire||Rachael Ribeck||Londonderry||24||5'7"|
|New Jersey||Vanessa Baker||Marlton||23||5'11"|
|New Mexico||Alina Ogle||Albuquerque||21||5'9"||Top 10||Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1999|
|New York||Nadia Behette||Bay Ridge||25||5'7"|
|North Carolina||Kristen Luneberg||Durham||22||5'9"||Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1998|
|North Dakota||Samantha Edwards||Fargo||23||5'7"|
|Ohio||Candace Smith||Dayton||26||5'6"||Second contestant voted off Survivor: Tocantins.|
|Oklahoma||Star Williams||Tulsa||22||5'8"||Top 10|
|Rhode Island||Krisily Kennedy||Warwick||23||5'9"||Runner-up on Season 7 of The Bachelor. Later contestant on the first season of Bachelor Pad.|
|South Carolina||Anna Hanks||Belton||21||5'10"||Top 10|
|South Dakota||Jessica Lawrence||Brookings||25||5'9"||Later Mrs. Iowa America 2015|
|Tennessee||Beth Hood||Cleveland||24||5'9"||4th Runner up||Previously Miss Tennessee 2000|
|Texas||Nicole O'Brian||Friendswood||20||5'6"||2nd Runner up|| Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2000 and 1st Runner up at Miss Teen USA 2000.
She and her teammate finished 3rd on The Amazing Race 5.
|Utah||Kelly Chapman||South Jordan||24||5'9"|
|Vermont||Jennifer Ripley||Burlington||20||5'7"|| Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 1999
Later Mrs. Vermont America 2009
|Washington||Breann Parriott||Puyallup||25||5'6"||Miss Congeniality||Previously Miss Washington 2001|
|West Virginia||Amy Thomason||Buckhannon||24||5'6"|
1 Age as of March 24, 2003
- This became the second win for Massachusetts in six years, when Shawnae Jebbia won Miss USA 1998.
- This is the sixth time since 1995 a former Miss Teen USA state delegate wins or inherits the Miss USA title and the fourth to win it outright. Coincidentally, Susie Castillo was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998 when Jebbia won her Miss USA title.
- Castillo was the first Miss USA winner to be crowned with the new Mikimoto-designed crown valued at $200,000, which features over 480 diamonds and almost 120 South Sea and Akoya pearls.
- Alabama equaled its highest placement at Miss USA for the fourth time since Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss USA 1967. Alabama placed 1st Runner-Up in 1968, 1975, and 1992.
- Michigan had its highest placement since Kenya Moore won Miss USA 1993.
- Tennessee had its highest placement since Lynnette Cole won Miss USA 2000.
- Hawaii had its first placement since Brook Lee won Miss USA 1997 and later went on to win Miss Universe 1997.
- New Mexico placed for the first time since 1999.
- South Carolina placed in the Top 10 for the third time in four years.
- This year had the largest numbers of crossover delegates, and equalled the record set for the highest number of former Miss Teen USA contestants. The record was not surpassed until Miss USA 2007 where 11 former Miss Teen USA delegates competed.
- Delegates who had previously or would later compete at Miss America were:
- Delegates who had previously competed at Miss Teen USA were:
- Cheryl Crowe (Delaware) - Miss Delaware USA 1997
- Michelle Dollie Wright (District of Columbia) - Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 1995
- Tashina Kastigar (Indiana) - Miss Indiana Teen USA 1998
- Susie Castillo (Massachusetts) - Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998 (Teen with Style)
- Sarah Cahill (Minnesota) - Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1996
- Allison Bloodworth (Mississippi) - Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1999
- Alina Ogle (New Mexico) - Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1999
- Kristen Luneberg (North Carolina) Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1998
- Nicole O'Brian (Texas) - Miss Texas Teen USA 2000 (1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2000)
- Jennifer Ripley (Vermont) - Miss Vermont Teen USA 1999
- Four contestants later appeared on reality television shows. Nicole O'Brian appeared on The Amazing Race 5, Krisily Kennedy was a runner-up on The Bachelor, Brittney Rogers appeared with her family on The Amazing Race: Family Edition, and Candace Smith appeared on Survivor: Tocantins.