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Leah Laviano
American beauty pageant contestant

Leah Laviano

Leah Laviano
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Quick Facts

Intro American beauty pageant contestant
Is Model Beauty pageant contestant
From United States of America
Field Fashion
Gender female
Birth 22 March 1988
Age 35 years
Star sign Aries
The details (from wikipedia)


The Miss Mississippi USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Mississippi in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant was directed by Premier Pageants from 2001 to 2010, before becoming part of Greenwood Productions in 2010 under the ownership of Miss Tennessee USA 1989 Kim Greenwood.

Mississippi has had 10 Miss USA placements as of 2010. They have never had a Miss USA, and their highest placement was Leah Laviano's 1st runner-up placement in 2008. Four titleholders have competed at Miss Teen USA, and as of 2007, four have competed at Miss America.

Asya Branch of Booneville was crowned Miss Mississippi USA 2020 on October 26, 2019 at The Horseshoe Hotel and Casino in Tunica. She will represent Mississippi for the title of Miss USA 2020.

Results summary


  • 1st runners-up: Leah Laviano (2008)
  • 3rd runners-up: Cindy Williams (1986)
  • 4th runners-up: Laurie Kimbrough (1979), Dana Richmond (1988)
  • Top 10/11/12: Kathy Manning (1987), Stephanie Teneyck (1990), Jennifer Adcock (2005), Breanne Ponder (2010)
  • Top 15: Marlene Britsch (1961), Patricia Ann Turk (1964)

Mississippi holds a record of 10 placements at Miss USA.


  • Miss Photogenic: Stephanie Teneyck (1990)


Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Name Hometown Age Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2020 Asya Branch Booneville 21 TBA
  • First African American Miss Mississippi USA
  • Previously Miss Mississippi 2018
2019 Madeleine Overby Columbus 20 Former New Orleans Saintsation cheerleader
2018 Laine Mansour Tupelo 21
2017 Ashley Hamby Madison 23
2016 Haley Sowers Meridian 22
  • Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2010 & 4th runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2010
  • Former Tennessee Titan cheerleader
2015 Courtney Byrd Oxford 22
2014 Chelsea Reardon Southaven 23 International Junior Miss Teen 2010
2013 Paromita Mitra Hattiesburg 21 Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2009
2012 Myverick Garcia Hattiesburg 21
2011 Keeley Patterson Starkville 20
2010 Breanne Ponder Mount Olive 20 Top 10
2009 Jessica McRaney Terry 23 Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2004
2008 Leah Laviano Ellisville 19 1st runner-up
2007 Jalin Wood Waynesboro 25 Previously Miss Mississippi 2004
2006 Kendra King Monticello 20
2005 Jennifer Adcock Hattiesburg 24 Top 10 Previously Miss Mississippi 2002, semifinalist at Miss America 2003, Mississippi's Junior Miss 1998
2004 Beth Richards Laurel 25
2003 Allison Bloodworth Grenada 21 Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1999
2002 Heather Soriano Philadelphia 24 Previously Miss Mississippi 1999
2001 Melanie Vaughn Olive Branch
2000 Angie Carpenter Greenwood Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1994, semifinalist at Miss Teen USA 1994
1999 Kari Babski Gloster
1998 Angel Whatley Jackson
1997 Arlene McDonald Tupelo Previously Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1992, semifinalist at Miss Teen USA 1992
1996 Caroline Ramagos Soso
1995 Jill Tullos Married Senator Chris McDaniel
1994 Leslie Jetton Gave up her title in March to become a national spokesperson for Caribe Corporations in New Orleans.
1993 Sherry Bowles Lambert
1992 Tammy Johnson Jackson 22 Previously Mississippi's Miss Hospitality 1989
1991 Mitzi Swanson
1990 Stephanie Teneyck 20 Semi-finalist Miss Photogenic 2nd Runner up at Miss All Nations 1990
1989 Laura Durrett Olive Branch
1988 Dana Richmond Madison 20 4th runner-up 1st Runner up at Miss International 1988
1987 Kathy Manning Drew 24 Semi-finalist Previously Miss Mississippi 1984, 2nd runner-up at Miss America 1985
1986 Cindy Williams Hattiesburg 22 3rd runner-up Semifinalist at Miss International 1986
1985 Camille Gilliland Meridian
1984 Carla Green Biloxi
1983 Becky Case Jackson
1982 Nancy Perkins Marks
1981 Angela Ashmore
1980 Cheri Brown Meridian Previously Miss Mississippi 1978, preliminary swimsuit winner at Miss America 1979
1979 Laurie Kimbrough Oxford 4th runner-up
1978 Wanda Gatlin
1977 Leigh Tapley Jackson
1976 Teresa Camp
1975 Leigh Cross Hernando
1974 Denise Clark
1973 Karen Clements
1972 Deborah Pawlik
1971 Janey Gillis
1970 Susan Ladner Pass Christian
1969 Rose Ray
1968 Brenda Conerly
1967 Lassie Cooke
1966 Jane Sutherland
1965 Madeline Scarbrough
1964 Patricia Turk Semi-finalist
1963 Joan Kenebrilde Hattiesburg competed in the 1964 Miss Dixie Pageant
1962 Sandra Mazur Jackson competed in the 1963 Miss Dixie Pageant
1961 Marlene Britsch Semi-finalist
1954–1960 Did Not Compete
1953 Jessie Morgan Semi-finalist at Miss America 1951
1952 Carolyn Thomas

Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant

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