The Miss Kentucky USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Kentucky in the Miss USA pageant. The current director for the Miss Kentucky USA and Miss Kentucky Teen USA titles is Connie Clark Harrison. Mrs. Harrison is former Miss Kentucky USA 1976 who was the only representative for Kentucky to win the Miss Congeniality award at the national level.
Three Miss Kentucky USA titleholders have also held the Miss Kentucky Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Two Miss Kentucky USA titleholders have also competed at Miss America, with one representing Wyoming.
In 2006, it was reported that Miss Kentucky USA 2002, Elizabeth Arnold was in a relationship with celebrity Nick Lachey. That same year Tara Conner became the first Miss Kentucky USA to win the Miss USA title, putting Kentucky in the top five for the second consecutive year, after Kristen Johnson placed 2nd runner-up in 2005. She later came under intense scrutiny when it was revealed that she had been drinking underage, tested positive for the use of cocaine, and kissed Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, among other things. Conner was allowed to keep her title, but was ordered into rehab for one month. After her rehab session she resumed her reign until her year was completed.
In 2008, Miss Kentucky USA Alysha Harris was involved in a scandal involving racy photos, in which she was photographed dancing in a sexually suggestive manner with NFL's New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss.
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2010||Kindra Clark||Mount Washington, Kentucky||19|
|2009||Maria Montgomery||Danville||19||4th runner-up|
|2008||Alysha Harris||Carrollton||20||First African American woman to win the state pageant|
|2007||Michelle Banzer||Louisville||24||First minority woman to win state pageant|
|2006||Tara Conner||Russell Springs||20||Winner||
Previously Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2002 (2nd runner-up & Best in Swimsuit at Miss Teen USA 2002) and 4th Runner up at Miss Universe 2006
|2005||Kristen Johnson||Slaughters||23||2nd runner-up||Previously Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2000 (2nd runner-up & Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 2000)|
|2002||Elizabeth Arnold||Columbia||Previously Miss Kentucky Teen USA 1999|
|1999||Lori Menshouse||Ashland||Previously Miss Kentucky 1997|
|1995||Mitzi Jones||White Plains||Semi-finalist|
|1990||Tiffany Tenfelde||Lakeside Park||Finalist|
|1985||Robin Overby||Calvert City||Miss Photogenic||1st runner up at Miss World USA 1979|
|1983||Lee Ann Austin||Benton|
|1982||Kristina Chapman||Owensboro||4th runner-up|
|1980||Lisa Devillez||Owensboro||4th runner-up|
|1976||Connie Clark||Benton||Miss Congeniality||Current State Director|
|1975||Carol June Wallace||Somerset||Semi-finalist||Later Miss Wyoming 1976, mother of Miss Kentucky 2002, Mary Catherine Correll|
|1974||Charlesy Gulick||Best State Costume|
|1971||Patricia Barnstable||4th runner-up|
|1968||June Pinkley||Miss Congeniality|
|1965||Julie Andrus||3rd runner-up|
|1964||Johanna Reid||4th runner-up|
|1963||Mary Ann Arnold|
|1962||Sally Margaret Carter||Lowes||Semi-finalist|
|1960||Barbara Joan Lovins|
|1955-57||Did Not Compete|
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant