Monday, September 14, 2009

miss usa 2001

1 TX - Kandace Gayle Krueger
2 DC - Liane Angus
3 GA - Tiffany Fallon

MO - Larissa Meek
NV - Gina Giacinto

Kandace Gayle Krueger Matthews represented Texas in the Miss USA 2001 pageant broadcast live from Gary, Indiana in March 2001. She made the semi-finals, becoming the first Texan to make the top ten in two years, placed second in the swimsuit competition (9.38) and fourth in the evening gown competition (9.29). She entered the top five in second place, with an average combined score of 9.33. After the final interview round she was ranked second, but went on to win the pageant. Krueger was the eighth Miss USA titleholder, becoming the first Texan to win since Chelsi Smith in 1995, and extending Texas' record for the most titles.

During her reign, she advocated breast cancer and ovarian cancer research and funding and resided in a luxury riverside apartment in New York City provided by the Miss Universe Organization. During her homecoming in Texas, she was given the key to the city of Austin, presented to the Senate, and met with governor Rick Perry.

In May 2005, Krueger married longtime boyfriend Rob Matthews in Dallas, Texas. The couple's first child, Ashlyn Grace Matthews, was born March 18, 2008.


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