Many of the contestants are winners from local pageants, the most notable of which are held in cities such as Dallas, Houston, and Austin. Before Texas won consecutively from 1985 to 1989, no state had ever won the Miss USA pageant more than two times in succession.
Texas also has the most semifinalists or better - 45, and has received the most special awards - 9. Other contestants are "assigned" a title, but unlike local winners, they have to pay an entry fee in order to participate.
Lavonne McConnell . Top 10 at Miss Universe 1985.
Retrieved 2007-07-01. Miss USA state pageants. Died in a scuba diving accident in 1981 .
Top 10 at Miss Universe 2008. Crystle Danae Stewart . Texas pageant winners.
For the Miss America state pageant, see Miss Texas. Texas pageantry. The Victoria Advocate.
The Montreal Gazette. Lisa Allred . Texas may be best known for its five consecutive winners. Miss America Miss Texas. Fort Worth. Christy Fichtner. Missouri City. The Times-News.