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Miss USA 1999
Date February 4, 1999
Presenters Shemar Moore, Julie Moran and Ali Landry
Venue Grande Palace Theatre, Branson, Missouri
Broadcaster CBS
Winner Kimberly Pressler
Represented New York New York
Congeniality Cara Jackson
Photogenic Elyzabeth Pham

Miss USA 1999, the forty-eighth Miss USA pageant, was held at the Grande Palace Theatre in Branson, Missouri on February 4, 1999.

At the conclusion of the final competition, Kimberly Pressler of New York, was crowned by outgoing titleholder Shawnae Jebbia of Massachusetts. Pressler became the third Miss New York USA to win the crown on finals night, and the fourth titleholder from New York.

After months of negotiation, Branson was announced as the pageant's location in November 1998. The event had previously been held in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1997-1998.

Shemar Moore hosted the pageant for the only time, and color commentary was added by Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry and Julie Moran, for the second consecutive year. Entertainment was provided by Collin Raye and The Atomic Fireballs.





Map showing placements by state
  • The remaining top five finalists were (in order of placement): Lauren Poppell (South Carolina), Michelle Rios (New Mexico)

Special awards


Final competition

State Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Average Finalists
New York 8.46 9.63 9.33 9.14 9.65
Tennessee 8.90 9.53 9.73 9.38 9.75
California 8.93 9.64 9.56 9.37 9.60
South Carolina 8.68 9.64 9.64 9.32 9.51
New Mexico 8.82 9.36 9.11 9.09 9.23
Indiana 8.73 9.08 9.18 8.99
Virginia 8.56 9.29 8.86 8.90
Oklahoma 8.80 8.88 8.98 8.87
Ohio 8.50 8.91 8.96 8.79
Michigan 8.43 8.93 8.95 8.77
     First runner-up
     Second runner-up
     Top 5 Finalist


The Miss USA 1999 delegates were:

Historical Significance

  • This is the first time New York has held the Miss USA title in four years. Shanna Moakler, Miss New York USA 1995, inherited the Miss USA 1995 title, after Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe 1995. However, this is the first outright win for New York in 20 years, when Mary Therese Friel won Miss USA 1979.
  • Kimberly Pressler became the fourth former Miss Teen USA state delegate in five years to win or inherit the Miss USA title.
  • This is the highest finish from a Tennessee delegate in pageant history. Tennessee also made the top three for the third time in four years.
  • California made the top three for the second consecutive year.
  • South Carolina placed for the first time since Lu Parker won Miss USA 1994.
  • This was New Mexico's first placement since 1987.
  • Ohio placed for the first time since 1990.
  • Virginia placed in the Top 10 back-to-back for the first time since 1981-1982.


Thirteen delegates had previously competed or would later compete in either the Miss World, Miss Teen USA or Miss America pageants.

  • Delegate who would later compete in Miss World:
    • Angelique Breaux (California) - Miss World USA 2000 (Top 10 semifinalist at Miss World 2000)

See also

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