Miss USA 1988 (Jayverse)

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Miss USA 1988, the 37th Miss USA pageant, was televised live from the El Paso Civic Center in El Paso, Texas on March 1, 1988. At the conclusion of the final competition, Courtney Gibbs of Texas was crowned Miss USA, becoming the fourth consecutive winner from Texas.

The pageant was hosted by Alan Thicke, and the pageant commentator was Tracy Scoggins fresh after covering the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary which is aired on UBC along with Miss Canada 1981 Dominique Dufour. Bob Barker, an animal rights activist who was supposed to host this year's Miss USA Pageant, refused to be involved because one of the winner's prizes was a fur coat. There had been controversy surrounding the fur coats since the previous year, and Barker claimed he had asked pageant officials not to give away coats for years but that he had been ignored. Other animal rights activists threatened to picket the pageant in protest at its fur policy and disrupted a pre-pageant press conference.

This was the first time that the pageant was held in Texas and the only time it was ever held in El Paso. El Paso had hosted the Miss Teen USA 1987 pageant the previous year, and it was announced in November 1987 that the city would likely host Miss USA 1988.

Results

Placements

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 1988
  • Texas - Courtney Gibbs
1st runner-up
Miss World USA 1988
  • California - Diana Magaña
2nd runner-up
  • Georgia - Donna Rampy
3rd runner-up
  • Florida - Monica Farrell
4th runner-up
  • Mississippi - Dana Richmond
Top 10
  • Oklahoma - Tamara Walker
  • Illinois - Gina Zordani
  • Tennessee - Stephanie Potts
  • Maryland - Rowanne Brewer
  • South Carolina - April Abel

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
  • District of Columbia - Elva Anderson
Miss Photogenic
  • Maryland - Rowanne Brewer
Best State Costume
  • Nevada - Lagracella Omran

Final competition

hideState Preliminary Average Interview Swimsuit Evening Gown Semifinal Average
Florida 8.336 (6) 8.785 (4) 9.036 (1) 9.055 (5) 8.958 (4)
Tennessee 7.918 (10) 7.730 (8) 8.331 (8) 7.755 (9) 7.938 (8)
South Carolina 7.958 (9) 7.600 (9) 7.666 (10) 7.944 (8) 7.736 (10)
Mississippi 8.619 (3) 8.655 (5) 8.700 (5) 8.922 (6) 8.759 (5)
Oklahoma 8.697 (2) 8.255 (7) 8.555 (6) 9.255 (2) 8.688 (6)
Illinois 8.134 (7) 8.311 (6) 7.988 (9) 8.288 (7) 8.195 (7)
California 8.371 (5) 8.886 (3) 8.797 (4) 9.265 (1) 8.982 (2)
Maryland 8.121 (8) 7.155 (10) 8.500 (7) 7.622 (10) 7.759 (9)
Georgia 8.440 (4) 8.900 (2) 8.833 (2) 9.166 (3) 8.966 (3)
Texas 8.964 (1) 9.055 (1) 8.822 (3) 9.166 (3) 9.014 (1)

Preliminary swimsuit scores

The following is the contestants average scores in the Preliminary swimsuit competition.

hideState Score
Alabama 6.615
Alaska 6.422
Arizona 6.721
Arkansas 6.453
California 7.688
Colorado 6.333
Connecticut 6.183
Delaware 6.298
District of Columbia 7.111
Florida 8.100
Georgia 8.144
Hawaii 7.483
Idaho 6.907
Illinois 7.572
Indiana 7.485
Iowa 6.116
Kansas 7.270
Kentucky 7.668
Louisiana 7.876
Maine 7.296
Maryland 8.354
Massachusetts 7.761
Michigan 7.706
Minnesota 6.455
Mississippi 8.476
Missouri 7.261
Montana 7.022
Nebraska 7.177
Nevada 7.248
New Hampshire 7.126
New Jersey 7.122
New Mexico 7.672
New York 6.918
North Carolina 7.444
North Dakota 6.955
Ohio 6.983
Oklahoma 8.377
Oregon 6.638
Pennsylvania 7.338
Rhode Island 6.516
South Carolina 8.010
South Dakota 7.727
Tennessee 8.022
Texas 8.790
Utah 7.851
Vermont 7.072
Virginia 7.055
Washington 7.315
West Virginia 6.671
Wisconsin 7.935
Wyoming 6.733

Delegates and Troupe

The Miss USA 1988 delegates were:

  • Alabama - Rhonda Mooney
  • Alaska - Raun Reaves
  • Arizona - Kris Keim
  • Arkansas - Melissa Staples
  • California - Diana Magaña
  • Colorado - Nicola Svaldi
  • Connecticut - Catherine Calasso
  • Delaware - Christina lee Angel
  • District of Columbia - Elva Anderson
  • Florida - Monica Farrell
  • Georgia - Donna Rampy
  • Hawaii - Paula Prevost
  • Idaho - Kay Kinsey
  • Illinois - Gina Zordani
  • Indiana - Loetta Earnest
  • Iowa - Julie Kemmerling
  • Kansas - Cynthia Decker
  • Kentucky - Suzanne Pitman
  • Louisiana - Rhonda Vinson
  • Maine - Suzanne Grenier
  • Maryland - Rowanne Brewer
  • Massachusetts - Ania Lovely
  • Michigan - Anthonia Dotson
  • Minnesota - Julie Nelson
  • Mississippi - Dana Richmond
  • Missouri - Alecia Workman
  • Montana - Kimberly Topp
  • Nebraska - Kellie O'Neil
  • Nevada - Lagracella Omran
  • New Hampshire - Diane Wright
  • New Jersey - Colleen Carlone
  • New Mexico - Stephanie Storrie
  • New York - Linnea Mancini
  • North Carolina - Tammy Tolar
  • North Dakota - Kate Sevde
  • Ohio - Gina West
  • Oklahoma - Tamara Walker
  • Oregon - Elaine Rohrer
  • Pennsylvania - Susan Gray
  • Rhode Island - Cindy Geronda
  • South Carolina - April Abel
  • South Dakota - Sandi Fix
  • Tennessee - Stephanie Potts
  • Texas - Courtney Gibbs
  • Utah - Suzie Lundell
  • Vermont - Stacy Sisson
  • Virginia - Denise Smith
  • Washington - Sandra Kord
  • West Virginia - Cathy Fowler
  • Wisconsin - Mary Kay Anderson
  • Wyoming - Kristen Youmans

As for the Troupe many of the Miss Teen USA Contestants from 1987 including Kristi Addis (who was crowned Miss Teen USA which took place in July of last year in El Paso) were here along with Bobbie Brown (1st Runner Up in that Pageant) as well as Miss Texas Teen USA 1987 Richelle Kesling and several 1988 Miss Teen USA Contestants are involved in the troupe as well including 1988 Miss Texas Teen USA Libby Pelton as well as Miss Texas Teen USA 1985 Konae Wehle in addition a handful of Several Contestants who had competed in State Pageants were involved including some that went on to win their that State Title before Competing at Miss USA which include:

  • Christina Faust (2nd Runneer Up at Miss California USA 1988, Miss California USA 1989)
  • LeeAnne Locken (3rd Runner Up at Miss Texas USA 1988, Miss Arizona USA 1989)
  • Gretchen Polhemus (2nd Runner Up at Miss Texas USA 1988, Miss Texas USA 1989, Miss USA 1989)
  • Melissa Proctor (Non-Finalist at Miss Texas USA 1988, Miss Ohio USA 1990)
  • Maya Walker (Miss Colorado 1988, 1st Runner Up at Miss America 1989, Miss Oklahoma USA 1992)

However a Handful of Dream Girl USA Contestants were apart of the Troupe despite of appearing on Dream Girl USA Finals in 1987 including Walker, Mondana Tehrani, Therese Kablan (who went be a Spokesmodel on Star Search), LeAnna Grant (Miss Nevada USA 1986), Frances Frazier (Miss Georgia 1988) and Desiree Daniels (Miss Tennessee USA 1984, 2nd Runner Up at Miss USA) as well as Dream Girl USA 1987, Ursula Lawson.

Contestant notes

  • Two contestants had previously competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant. They were Kris Keim (Arizona), who was Miss Arizona Teen USA 1983, and Melissa Staples (Arkansas), who was Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1984
  • Two contestants had previously competed in the Miss America 1986 pageant. They were Mary Kay Anderson (Wisconsin), formerly Miss Wisconsin 1985 and Monica Farrell (Florida), formerly Miss Florida 1985.
  • Prior to the pageant Suzanne Pitman (Kentucky) was arrested on a drunk-driving charge but allowed to compete in the pageant.
  • Miss Minnesota USA winner Sue Bolich resigned her title one week after she was arrested for shoplifting. The other pageant contestants were already in El Paso at the time of her resignation, and first runner-up Jolene Stavrakis was to be sent in Bolich's place. However, Stavrakis also had a previous shoplifting charge on her record, and she too withdrew from the pageant. Julie Nelson, second runner-up in the state pageant, assumed the title and represented Minnesota at Miss USA.

Judges

  • Jennifer Ashe
  • Mary Kay Ash
  • Michelle Butin
  • Gil Gerard
  • Albert Hague
  • Sharlene Wells Hawkes
  • Michael K. Herbert
  • Stanley Platos