Lynnette Cole

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Lynnette Cole
Lynnette Marie Cole

Beauty pageant titleholder
  • Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1995 (Winner)
  • Miss Teen USA 1995 (top 6)
  • Miss Teen All American 1997 (winner)
  • Miss Tennessee USA 2000 (winner)
  • Miss USA 2000 (winner)
  • Miss Universe 2000 (top 5)

Lynnette Marie O'Nan (née Cole) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who won the title Miss Tennessee USA in 2000. She went on to become the first woman from that state to win the Miss USA pageant,[1] which was held in Branson, Missouri on February 4, 2000.

Cole is from Columbia, Tennessee and was twenty-one years old when she won the national crown.[2]

Family background[edit]

Cole is of Puerto Rican heritage.[2]


Cole's first major pageant win came in 1995 when she won the title Miss Tennessee Teen USA.[3] She was a top six finalist at the Miss Teen USA pageant in that year, and won the Miss Photogenic award, finishing fourth overall. Cole later won the 1997 Miss Teen All American title.

After winning Miss Tennessee USA Cole competed for and won the title of Miss USA 2000, becoming the second Hispanic woman to win Miss USA after Laura Harring at Miss USA 1985. Cole went on to compete at the Miss Universe pageant, held in Nicosia, Cyprus later that year.[4] Her performance was enough to secure her a spot among the five finalists,[5] and brought the US back into the semifinals (after Kimberly Pressler had failed to advance the year before, breaking a streak of consecutive placements that had been going since 1977). She also placed fifth overall. She became the first woman to place in the top five at all three pageants and her record was not surpassed until 2006 by Tara Conner.

Cole has directed a local preliminary for Miss Tennessee USA.[6]


  1. ^ (1 April 2004). Chattanooga’s Stephanie Culberson Representing Tennessee At Miss USA Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine, ("In 2000, Columbia’s Lynnette Cole was the first from the state to win the coveted title.")
  2. ^ a b (27 February 2000). [1], Fayetteville Observer ("Lynnette Cole says she is half Puerto Rican and half white The 21yearold who was Miss Tennessee won the Miss USA crown on Feb 4")
  3. ^ (14 August 1995). TEEN USA CONTESTANTS SERIOUS ABOUT ISSUES, Wichita Eagle ("Miss Tennessee Teen USA - Lynnette Cole")
  4. ^ (4 February 2000). Tennessean Crowned Miss Usa 2000, Kingman Daily Miner (Associated Press)
  5. ^ (13 May 2000). Miss India Wins Miss Universe Pageant, Gainesville Sun (Associated Press)
  6. ^ (10 December 2008). A Gallery of Black Beauty Queens,
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe 4th runner-up
Succeeded by
Preceded by Miss USA
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Morgan Tandy High
Miss Tennessee USA
Succeeded by
Lisa Tollett
Preceded by Miss Tennessee Teen USA
Succeeded by
Adrienne Parker