Miss Alabama USA

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Miss Alabama USA
Formation1952
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersAiken
Location
Membership
Miss USA
Official language
English
Key people
Janice McDonald
Paula Miles
WebsiteOfficial website

Miss Alabama USA, previously known as Miss Alabama Universe,[1] is the beauty pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alabama in the Miss USA pageant, and the name of the title held by its winner. The pageant is directed by RPM Productions.

Alabama's most successful placement was in 1967, when Sylvia Hitchcock was crowned Miss USA. She later went on to be crowned Miss Universe 1967 as well. Alabama's most recent placement was in 2023, when Sophie Burzynski placed Top 20.

The current Miss Alabama USA is Sophie Burzynski of Auburn, Alabama, who was crowned on January 28, 2022 at Jay & Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center in Auburn. Burzynski represented Alabama at Miss USA 2023 and placed Top 20.

Gallery of titleholders

Results summary

Placements in Miss USA

  • Miss USA: Sylvia Hitchcock (Miss Universe 1967)[2]
  • 1st Runners-Up: Pamela Flowers (1975), Candace Michelle Brown (1992), Michelle Arnette (2003), Mary-Margaret McCord (2013)
  • 2nd Runners-Up: Doris Edwards (1953), Judith Carlson (1958), Margaret Gordon (1960), Jina Mitchell (2000), Madeline Mitchell (2011)
  • 3rd Runner-Up: Pamela Rigas (1980)
  • 4th Runner-Up: Suellen Robinson (1961), Kelly Hutchinson (2020)
  • Top 5: Peyton Brown (2016)
  • Top 10/11/12: JoAnne Henderson (1981), Candy Carley (1991), Autumn Smith (1997), Tara Tucker (2002), Tara Darby (2004), Haleigh Stidham (2006), Audrey Moore (2010), Katherine Webb (2012), Madison Guthrie (2015)
  • Top 15/20: Pat Sullivan (1959), Dinah Irene Armstrong (1963), Pamela Jean Borgfeldt (1964), Leigh Sanford (1965), Claudia Robinson (1968), Hitsy Parnell (1969), Jesica Ahlberg (2014), Sophie Burzynski (2023)

Alabama has a record of 31 placements at Miss USA.

Awards

  • Miss Congeniality: Peyton Brown (2016)
  • Miss Photogenic: Pamela Flowers (1975), Rebecca Moore (2007), Audrey Moore (2010)

Titleholders

Color key
  •   Winner
  •   Runner-up
  •   Semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age[a] Local title Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2023 Sophie Burzynski[3] Auburn 21 Miss Auburn-Opelika Top 20
2022 Katelyn Vinson[4] Dothan 21 Miss Dothan
2021 Alexandria Flanigan[5] Cullman 24 Miss Cullman
2020 Kelly Hutchinson[6] Auburn 22 Miss Auburn-Opelika 4th runner-up
2019 Hannah McMurphy[8] Tuscaloosa 20 Miss Indian Hills
2018 Hannah Brown[9] Northport 23 Miss West Alabama
2017 Baylee Smith[10] Tuscaloosa 19 Miss Pike County
2016 Peyton Brown[11] Eufaula 21 Miss Eufaula Top 5 Miss Congeniality
2015 Madison Guthrie[13] Hoover 20 Miss Hoover Top 11
2014 Jesica Ahlberg[14] Birmingham 23 Miss Central Alabama Top 20
2013 Mary-Margaret McCord[15] Gadsden 23 Miss Gadsden 1st runner-up
2012 Katherine Elizabeth Webb[16] Phenix City 22 Miss East Alabama Top 10
2011 Madeline Grace Mitchell[17] Russellville 21 Miss Tuscaloosa 2nd runner-up
2010 Audrey Moore[18] Hoover 20 Top 10 Miss Photogenic[19]
2009 Rachel Philippona[20] Dothan 19
2008 Keisha Walding[21] Dothan 24
2007 Rebecca Moore Vestavia Hills 19 Miss Photogenic
2006 Haleigh Stidham Birmingham 23 Top 10
2005 Jessica Tinney Birmingham 21
2004 Tara Darby Birmingham 22 Top 10
2003 Michelle Arnette Dothan 25 1st runner-up
2002 Tara Tucker Birmingham 23 Top 12
2001 Laura Hoffman Birmingham 20
2000 Jina Mitchell Trussville 22 2nd runner-up
1999 Doree Walker Gardendale 24
1998 Paige Brooks Mobile 26
1997 Autumn Smith[22] Chelsea 22 Top 10
1996 Benita Brooks[23] Huntsville 25
1995 Anna Mingus Enterprise 23
1994 Malaea Nelms[24] Alexandria 24
1993 Toni Johnson Montgomery 22
1992 Candace Michelle Brown Auburn 23 1st runner-up
1991 Candy Carley Mobile 25 Top 11
1990 Natalie Moore Hoover
1989 Sheri Mooney Pelham 20
1988 Rhonda Mooney Pelham 21
1987 Rhonda Garrett Birmingham 21
1986 Heather Howard[25] Huntsville 20
1985 Allison Sawyer Birmingham 20
1984 Kelly Flowers Hueytown 20
1983 Terri Lane Birmingham 20
1982 Lisa Wheeler[26] Birmingham 19
1981 JoAnne Henderson[27] Tuscaloosa 21 Top 12
1980 Pamela Rigas Troy 19 3rd runner-up
1979 Rose Burch Mobile 20
1978 Eva Stancil Gadsden 22
1977 Cheryl Burgess[1] Alexandria 18
1976 Kyle Ellis Decatur 22
1975 Pamela Flowers Headland 19 1st runner-up Miss Photogenic
1974 Iva Wyna Lavis Birmingham 19
1973 Diane Fouilhe Enterprise 19
1972 Elaine Barnhill Robertsdale 21
1971 Renee Smith Mobile 18
1970 Kathy Bryant Bay Minette 19
1969 Hitsy Parnell[29] Thomasville 20 Top 15
1968 Claudia Robinson Mobile 18 Top 15
1967 Sylvia Louise Hitchcock[30] Tuscaloosa 21 Miss USA 1967
1966 Susan Scott Clanton 19
1965 Leigh Stanford Montgomery 18 Top 15
1964 Pamela Jean Borgfeldt[31] Anniston[31] 21 Top 15
1963 Dinah Irene Armstrong Montgomery 19 Top 15
1962 Jerolyn Ridgeway Fort Payne 20
1961 Suellen Robinson[32] Fairfax 19 4th runner-up
1960 Margaret Gordon Homewood 21 2nd runner-up
1959 Pat Sullivan[33] Birmingham 21 Top 15
1958 Judith Lucille Carlson[34] Birmingham 18 2nd runner-up
Did not compete between 1954—1957
1953 Doris Edwards[35] Birmingham 25 2nd runner-up
1952 Gadsden 24

Notes

  1. ^ Age at the time of the crowning

References

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