Friday, September 11, 2009

miss usa 1954

The third edition of Miss USA was held on 1954, at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California. South Carolina, Miriam Stevenson, won the competition and later became Miss Universe. She was crowned by outgoing titleholder Myrna Hansen of Illinois.

Miss USA 1954: Miriam Stevenson, (South Carolina)
The runners-up were: 
1st Runner-up: Ellen Whitehead, (Virginia, was dethroned)
2nd Runner-up: Renee Roy, (New York City)
3rd Runner-up: Karin Hultman, (New York)
4th Runner-up: Celeste Ravel, (Illinois)

Miriam Jacqueline Stevenson, of Winnsboro, South Carolina, won the Miss USA pageant as Miss South Carolina USA in 1954. She was the first Miss USA to hold the Miss Universe beauty crown.

Her win over Brazil's Martha Rocha was memorable for there was a tie between the two women for the crown. As Catalina was the major sponsor of the pageant in its early years, the tie-breaking judgment finally came down to who has the better physical figure, which went to Miriam's favor, for she had the "fitter" hips over Martha Rocha.

Martha Rocha got the car that Stevenson won in her Miss USA prize package as a consolatory prize.

Stevenson was also Miss South Carolina 1953 as her state's delegate to the Miss America pageant.


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