The Miss Missouri USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Missouri in the Miss USA pageant. In 1993, Missouri joined the Vanbros group of state pageants for the Miss USA and Teen USA system.

Missouri has had only one Miss USA, Shandi Finnessey, who placed as 1st runner-up to Jennifer Hawkins of Australia in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant.

Three Miss Missouri USAs have competed at Miss America, including Finnessey who is one of only two Miss USA winners since 1980 to win the Miss USA title. Six former Miss Teen USA delegates have also won the title, equalling Indiana and Virginia for the most crossovers, although both Indiana and Missouri have had titleholders who competed in a different state at Miss Teen USA.

Results summary


  • Miss USA's: Shandi Finnessey (2004)
  • 2nd runners-up: Carolyn Carlew (1952), Sandra Lee Marlin (1963), Melanie Breedlove (1998)
  • 3rd runners-up: Nancy Rebecca (1971), Sandy Percival (1984), Dawn Fonseca (1987)
  • 4th runners-up: Karen Hendrix (1967), Larissa Meek (2001)
  • Top 10: Amy Ruth Coverdale (1985), Amber Seyer (2007), Candice Crawford (2008), Ashley Strohmier (2010), Sydnee Stottlemyre (2016)
  • Top 12: Dorothy Ann McElven (1974), Nancy LaRose (1975), Donna Hibbitts (1976), Shelly Lehman (1994), Britt Powell (1995)
  • Top 15: Marilyn Jean Stalcup (1960)
  • Top 16: Hope Driskill (2011)


Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
YearNameHometownAge1Placement at Miss USASpecial awards at Miss USANotes
2016Sydnee StottlemyreSt. Louis22Top 10
2015Rebecca DunnColumbia23Game Day Host for the Missouri Mavericks and Entertainment Host for Fox 22. Former anchor at
2014Erica SturdefantSpringfield23Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 2010
2013Ellie HoltmanMontgomery City20
2012Katie KearneySt. Louis23
2011Hope DriskillJefferson City21Top 16Contestant of Survivor: Caramoan as a part of "fans" tribe
2010Ashley StrohmierJefferson City21Top 10Fox 22 KQFX host, ABC 17 KMIZ News Reporter, Morning Show Anchor for ABC 17 KMIZ
2009Stacey SmithFlorissant22
2008Candice CrawfordColumbia21Top 10Sister of actor Chace Crawford and wife of NFL quarterback Tony Romo.
2007Amber SeyerOran20Top 10Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 2003 and wife of baseball pitcher Barry Zito.
2006Kristi CapelSpringfield22Weather Forecaster at WBRE
2005Andrea CilibertiKansas City21Contestant on Beauty and the Geek, season 3
2004Ashley LittonOlathe20Top 15 Semi-Finalist at Miss Missouri USA 2004; Assumed title when Shandi Finnessey won Miss USA title
Shandi FinnesseyFlorissant25Miss USA 20041st runner up at Miss Universe 2004, previously Miss Missouri 2002, 3rd runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 2000
2003Tara Bollinger23
2002Melana ScantlinGladstone24Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 1995 and top 12 at Miss Teen USA 1995, Reality TV star (Average Joe)
2001Larissa MeekSt. Louis234th Runner-UpPreviously Miss Missouri Teen USA 1997, Reality TV star (Average Joe)
2000Denette Roderick
1999Teri BollingerPreviously Miss Illinois Teen USA 1990
1998Melanie Breedlove222nd Runner-UpPreviously Miss Missouri Teen USA 1993
1997Amanda JahnSt Joseph25
1996Aimee Rinehart24
1995Britt PowellSemi-FinalistLater Mrs. Arizona America 2004 under her married name, Britt Boyse.; Current director of the Miss Arizona USA, Miss Arizona Teen USA, Miss Utah USA, and Miss Utah Teen USA pageants.
1994Shelly LehmanSemi-Finalist
1993Stephanie NunnMarshfield
1992Tonya Snodgrass
1991Tiffany Hazel
1990Lori Suschnick
1989Rhonda HoglanPreviously Miss Missouri Teen USA 1985, 3rd runner up at Miss Teen USA 1985
1988Alecia Workman
1987Dawn FonsecaIndependence223rd Runner-Up
1986Barbara WebsterKansas CityPreviously Miss Missouri 1983, top 10 semifinalist for Miss America 1984
1985Amy Ruth CoverdaleColumbiaSemi-Finalist
1984Sandy PercivalSunrise Beach203rd Runner-UpLater Miss International USA 1984 and competed at Miss International 1984, did not place
1983Robin Elizabeth RileyColumbiaLater Miss Missouri 1987, top 10 semifinalist for Miss America 1988
1982Susan HeimanKansas City
1981Karyn SmagaczFulton
1980Kelly LaxsonKansas City, MO
1979Virginia Dean
1978Paula Anita Taylor
1977Connie AstSuccessor to crown; Competed at Miss USA 1977
Leigh Ann MiddletonWon the title of Miss Missouri USA 1977, but due to car accident, was unable to continue her reign or compete at Miss USA
1976Donna HibbittsSemi-Finalist
1975Nancy LaRoseMarshallSemi-Finalist
1974Dorothy Ann McElvenSemi-Finalist
1973Camilla Crist
1972Janet Potter
1971Nancy Rebecca3rd Runner-Up
1970Suzette GrenhamIndependence
1969Sherry Hoffman
1968Jan BartonMacon
1967Karen Hendrix4th Runner-Up
1966Marsha Taylor
1965Barbara Brooks
1964Sandy Bawol4th runner up in Miss World USA 1963
1963Sandra Lee Marlin2nd Runner-Up
1962Mikee Campbell
1961Joan Roberts
1960Marilyn Jean StalcupSemi-Finalist
1959Barbara Jayne Stell
1958Beverly Sue Wright
1957Judith Ann MurbackSikeston, Missouri
1956Carol Rae Thrower
1955Bennie Joan Pritchard
1954Alice Jean Porritt
1953Donna Gardner
1952Carolyn Carlew2nd Runner-Up

1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant