Miss USA: Top 5 Best & Worst Dresses in Miss USA History

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Miss USA 2016 is right around the corner this Sunday, June 5, 2016 on Fox at 7 p.m. EST. With each year comes impossibly perfect bodies in the swimsuit competition, inspiring and occasionally embarrassing answers to on-stage questions and then the dress.

The evening gown that a contestant wears is perhaps the single most important item she will pick out. It is not only a gown that is judged upon but it is the dress one could potentially be crowned Miss USA in. However, some dresses worn by titleholders are more impressive than others. While certain dresses belong on the red carpet, others are more questionable. Her are five of the best and worst dresses in Miss USA history.

Miss USA 2004 – Shandi Finnessey – Worst


Perhaps Shandi Finnessey didn’t care too much about her gown selection because she already had the title of Miss USA, but this gown is rather different from the usual selection. The bedazzled opening around her lower hip bone seems very oddly placed, making this gown stand out, but not in a good way.

Miss USA 2005- Chelsea Cooley – Worst

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Although the early 2000s were a rough time for fashion, this gown that Miss USA wore at Miss Universe simply had too much going on. Between the black and white lines, and the ombre purple and blue, this evening gown unfortunately looked a little too much like a prom dress than an evening gown.

Miss Alabama USA- Mary Margaret McCord – Worst/Best?

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This evening gown worn by McCord got mixed reviews back in 2013. Some loved this ruffled mermaid as she received first-runner up, while others didn’t enjoy this black, velvet and ruffle combination. Naturally, the verdict is still out.

Erin Brady – Miss USA 2013 – Best

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It came as no surprise that Miss Connecticut stole the show and the competition as she won Miss USA 2013. The gold embroidery on the bodice connecting to a long white train made Brady appear as a Greek goddess.

Olivia Jordan – Miss USA 2015 – Best

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Olivia Jordan profession before becoming Miss USA was modeling. When she walked out in this stunning white gown it was completely apparent that this wasn’t Jordan’s first time at the rodeo. From the lace to cape this dress was flawless as Jordan competed at Miss Universe this past year.

With the 65th anniversary of the Miss USA pageant being this year, it quite possible that the dresses will be bolder and better than ever before.

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