Miss USA 2012

Miss USA 2012
Date June 3, 2012
Presenters Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Jeannie Mai, Kelly Osbourne
Entertainment Akon, Cobra Starship
Venue The AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcaster NBC, Telemundo
Entrants 51
Placements 16
Winner Olivia Culpo
Rhode Island Rhode Island

Rebecca Hodge

Iowa Iowa

Alaina Bergsma

Oregon Oregon

Miss USA 2012, the 61st Miss USA pageant, was held on June 3, 2012, at the The AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alyssa Campanella of California crowned her successor Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island at the end of the event. Culpo represented the USA and became the eighth American to win Miss Universe.[1]

Pageant protocol forces Culpo to "resign" her Miss USA title in order to be Miss Universe. In this case, the first runner-up, Nana Meriwether, who competed as Miss Maryland USA 2012, inherited the Miss USA title. Meriwether became the first woman from Maryland to hold the Miss USA title; the first time a woman from Maryland won Miss USA was in 1957 with Mary Leona Gage who was dethroned shortly after winning.

The 50 states and the District of Columbia competed for the prestigious title. The pageant was televised live on NBC in the U.S.A. The full preliminary round, as well as highlights from the event, is available over Xbox Live via their YouTube and MSN applications.

For the first time, a question was solicited from Twitter for the final question asked of one of the five finalists. That question picked by the pageant organizers - "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?" - was answered by the winner, Culpo.[2]


Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin claimed that the outcome was predetermined, a charge the organizing committee strongly denied, despite being corroborated by other contestants.


Olivia Culpo - Miss Universe 2012, the Original Miss USA 2012, and previously Miss Rhode Island USA
Miss USA 2012, Nana Meriwether, who took over the title after Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012
Final ResultsContestant
Miss USA 2012
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 16

Voted into Top 16 as America's Choice via Internet
Culpo won Miss Universe 2012. Due to protocol, Culpo resigns her title as Miss USA 2012. 1st runner-up, Nana Meriwether, replaces her as Miss USA.

Special awards

Miss Congeniality
  •  Iowa - Rebecca Hodge
Miss Photogenic


Alabama Alabama Katherine Webb Phenix City 23 5'11" Top 10 A "Featured Model" on the February 2012 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. A "Guest Celebrity" on new reality show Splash.
Alaska Alaska Jessica Kazmierczak Salcha 22 5'9"
Arizona Arizona Erika Frantzve Scottsdale 23 5'8"
Arkansas Arkansas Kelsey Dow Jonesboro 21 5'7" Top 16 Voted into Top 16 as America's Choice via Internet/SMS Messaging
California California Natalie Pack Palos Verdes 23 6'0" Contestant on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 12
Colorado Colorado Marybel Gonzalez Denver 24 5'6" Top 10
Connecticut Connecticut Marie Lynn Piscitelli North Haven 26 5'6" Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2001
Delaware Delaware Krista Clausen Georgetown 19 5'6"
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Monique Tompkins Washington 23 5'6"
Florida Florida Karina Brez[3] Wellington 23 5'8" Born in Ukraine
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Jasmyn "Jazz" Wilkins Johns Creek 21 5'11" 4th Runner-Up
Hawaii Hawaii Brandie Cazimero Kaneohe 26 5'9"
Idaho Idaho Erna Palic Boise 25 5'7" Born in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Illinois Illinois Ashley Hooks Flossmoor 25 5'8"
Indiana Indiana Megan Myrehn Carmel 21 5'7" Previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 2008, Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008
Iowa Iowa Rebecca Hodge Iowa City 22 5'4"
Kansas Kansas Gentry Miller Overland Park 24 5'6" Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2006, Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2006
Kentucky Kentucky Amanda Mertz Louisville 25 5'6"
Louisiana Louisiana Erin Edmiston Lafayette 22 5'7" Top 16
Maine Maine Rani Williamson Portland 25 5'6" Top 16 Later resigned
Maryland Maryland Nana Meriwether Potomac 27 6'0" 1st Runner-Up Born in South Africa
Later crowned Miss USA 2012 after Culpo won Miss Universe 2012
Massachusetts Massachusetts Natalie Pietrzak Boston 26 5'9"
Michigan Michigan Kristen Danyal[4] Detroit 21 5'7" Top 16 Previously Miss Michigan Teen USA 2009, Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2009
Minnesota Minnesota Nitaya Panemalaythong Savage 26 5'8" Born in Thailand
Mississippi Mississippi Myverick Garcia Hattiesburg 22 5'4"
Missouri Missouri Katie Kearney St. Louis 23 5'11"
Montana Montana Autumn Muller[5] Billings 25 5'8" Previously Miss Montana Teen USA 2004
Nebraska Nebraska Amy Spilker Malcolm 22 5'8"
Nevada Nevada Jade Kelsall Las Vegas 26 5'9" 3rd Runner-Up
New Hampshire New Hampshire Ryanne Harms Rochester 23 5'7"
New Jersey New Jersey Michelle Leonardo Tinton Falls 20 5'7" Top 10 Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2008. Miss Teen United States World - 2009 and 3rd Runner-Up at Miss Teen World 2009
New Mexico New Mexico Jessica Martin Las Cruces 21 5'6" Previously Miss New Mexico Earth 2010, 2nd Runner Up at Miss Earth United States 2010
New York (state) New York Johanna Sambucini Brooklyn 25 5'7" Born in Dominican Republic
North Carolina North Carolina Sydney Perry Wrightsville Beach 21 5'7" Previously Miss Vermont Teen USA 2008
North Dakota North Dakota Jaci Stofferahn Fargo 23 5'6"
Ohio Ohio Audrey Bolte Batavia 23 5'10" 2nd Runner-Up
Oklahoma Oklahoma Lauren Lundeen Edmond 20 5'10" Top 10
Oregon Oregon Alaina Bergsma Eugene 22 6'3"
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin Cranberry Township 27 5'7" Later resigned
Rhode Island Rhode Island Olivia Culpo[6][7] Cranston 20 5'7"[8] Miss USA 2012 Later Miss Universe 2012
South Carolina South Carolina Erika Powell Greenville 27 5'6" Top 16 Previously Miss South Carolina 2005, Top 10 at Miss America 2006
South Dakota South Dakota Taylor Neisen Rapid City 20 5'9"
Tennessee Tennessee Jessica Hibler Nashville 23 5'6" Top 16
Texas Texas Brittany Booker Houston 21 5'11" Top 10
Utah Utah Kendyl Bell Sandy 25 5'8"
Vermont Vermont Jamie Dragon Stowe 26 5'8"
Virginia Virginia Catherine Muldoon Virginia Beach 26 5'7" Previously Miss New York Teen USA 2004, Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2004
Washington (state) Washington Christina Clarke Sammamish 22 5'6"
West Virginia West Virginia Andrea Rogers Martinsburg 24 5'11"
Wisconsin Wisconsin Emily Guerin[9] Monroe 23 5'6"
Wyoming Wyoming Holly Allen[10] Lander 24 5'8"

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant


Preliminary Judges

Final Judges

Background music

Historical significance


1 contestant previously competed at Miss America 2006

1 contestant previously competed at Miss Earth United States

9 contestants previously competed at Miss Teen USA


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