Miss Teen USA® Pageant History and Winners
The pageant has produced several winners who went on to achieve fame:
The 1992 Miss Teen USA® Pageant proved to be one of the most unusual in pageant history due to Hurricane Andrew threatening to hit Biloxi, Mississippi where the Miss Teen USA Pageant was being held. In order to allow the audience, crew and contestants time to prepare for the hurricane and evacuate if necessary, producers decided to stage the contest early.
Holding the competition before the scheduled broadcast would mean that the winner's identity would already have be publically known before the pageant had aired. To preserve public suspense, producers decided to tape the crowning of both of the final two contestants (Iowa and Oklahoma) and keep the name of the which young woman had actually won the title a secret until the broadcast. Later that night, the pre-taped pageant aired and Miss Teen Iowa USA, Jamie Solinger, was revealed as the new Miss Teen USA 1992.
In 1993, Charlotte Lopez, Miss Teen Vermont, wins the hearts of judges and viewers as she shares the heartbreaking story of her thirteen years in the foster care system as a child after authorities determined her mother was mentally unfit to care for her. After she is crowned Miss Teen USA, Prime Time airs a feature on her life, and she writes a book about her experiences, Lost in the System. She goes on to have a successful career in television and movies, and is named Best Actress at the Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films for her role in Love the Hard Way.
In 1985, Kelly Hu, Miss Hawaii Teen USA, became the first Asian-American to win the Miss Teen USA title.
The 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant was the last competition televised on live television. In 2008, the Miss Teen USA Pageant moved to a live feed broadcast from the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, where the competition has been held since.
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