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Miss USA 1999, the forty-eighth Miss USA pageant, was held at
the Grande Palace Theatre in Branson, Missouri on February 4,
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
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)
Top 5 Finalist
The Miss USA 1999 delegates were:
- 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.
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
- California made the top three for the second consecutive
- 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
Thirteen delegates had previously competed or would later
compete in either the Miss
World, Miss Teen
USA or Miss
- Delegate who would later compete in Miss World:
- Angelique Breaux (California) - Miss World USA 2000 (Top 10
semifinalist at Miss World 2000)
- Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title
- Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title: