The first Miss USA winner from Maryland, Mary Leona Gage, won Miss USA 1957. However, she was later discovered to be a mother of two sons and was therefore dethroned. In 2012, Nana Meriwether placed 1st runner-up, but became Miss USA 2012 when Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe 2012.
Six Maryland titleholders are former Miss Maryland Teen USAs. These four all reigned in the early 1990s, and in fact four out of six titleholders from 1990 to 1995 were former teens. Only four Miss Maryland USA has competed at Miss America.
From 2006 to 2008, each woman who won Miss Maryland USA was the previous year's first runner-up.
Taelyr Robinson of Annapolis was crowned Miss Maryland USA 2020 on November 10, 2019 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda. She will represent Maryland for the title of Miss USA 2020.
Gallery of titleholders
Michaé Holloman, Miss Maryland USA 2007
Miss USA placements
- Miss USAs: Mary Leona Gage (1957)[a]
- 1st runners-up: Paulette Reck (1968), Nana Meriwether (2012)[b]
- 4th runners-up: Betty Jo Grove (1973), Mamé Adjei (2015)
- Top 8: Allyn Rose (2011)
- Top 10/12: Carol Theis (1971), Tonja Walker (1980), Linda Lambert (1981), Angie Boyer (1982), Rowann Brewer (1988), Jennifer Wilhoit (1995), Marina Harrison (2005), Taylor Burton (2014), Mariela Pepin (2019)
- Top 15: Barbara Eschenburg (1954), Charlene Holt (1956), Diane White (1959), Royette Tarry (1964), Roselaine Zetter (1966), Sandy Clevering (1967), Kasey Staniszewski (2013), Brittinay Nicolette (2018)
Maryland holds a record of 23 placements at Miss USA.
- Miss Photogenic: Rowann Brewer (1988)
- Style Award: Megan Gunning (2001)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age[c]||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2020||Taelyr Robinson||Annapolis||27||TBA||TBA||Minor part in The Vineyard|
|2019||Mariela Pepin||Severn||23||Top 10|
|2018||Brittinay Nicolette||Fallston||26||Top 15|
|2016||Christina Denny||Owings Mills||25|
|2015||Mamé Adjei||Silver Spring||23||4th runner-up||
|2014||Taylor Burton||La Plata||25||Top 10|
|2013||Kasey Staniszewski||Annapolis||21||Top 15||Triple crown winner|
|2012||Nana Meriwether||Potomac||27||1st runner-up|
|2011||Allyn Rose||Newburg||22||Top 8||
|2010||Simone Feldman||North Potomac||23|
|2009||Gabrielle Carlson||Marion Station||24|
|2007||Michaé Holloman||Fort Washington||25|
|2005||Marina Harrison||Severn||24||Top 10|
|2002||Mistie Renee Adams||Silver Spring|
|2001||Megan Gunning||Fallston||Style Award|
|2000||Christie S. Davis||Silver Spring||
|1999||Kelly Donohue||Union Bridge|
|1998||Maria Lynn Sheriff||Bowie|
|1995||Jennifer Danielle Wilhoit||Annapolis||22||Top 12||
|1994||Wendy Davis||Silver Spring||
|1993||Mary Ann Cimino||Baltimore||
|1991||Lisa Marie Lawson||Crofton|
|1988||Rowanne Brewer||Silver Spring||23||Semi-finalist||Miss Photogenic||
|1981||Linda Susan Lambert||Baltimore||22||Semi-finalist|
|1979||Jean Bourne||Silver Spring|
|1978||Rhonda Koch||Brookeville||Unplaced at Miss World USA 1976, as Miss District of Columbia World.|
|1977||Twyla Littleton||Oxon Hill|
|1976||Linda Lee Potter||Adelphi|
|1974||Mary Jo Ruppert||College Park|
|1973||Betty Jo Grove||College Park||19||4th runner-up|
|1972||Patty Townsend||Silver Spring|
|1971||Carol Jeanne Theis||Silver Spring||20||Semi-finalist|
|1970||Beckie Price||Camp Springs|
|1969||Ardis Fowler||Ellicott City|
|1968||Paulette Reck||Perry Hall||20||1st runner-up||
|1967||Sandra Clevering||Silver Spring||19||Semi-finalist|
|1964||Royette Michele Tarry||Baltimore||19||Semi-finalist||
|1963||Marsha Barbara Metrinko||Laurel|
|1961||Gail Baxter||High Point|
|1959||Diane Dolores White||Baltimore||24||Semi-finalist|
|1958||Patricia Vogts||Silver Spring|
|1957||Mary Leona Gage*||Glen Burnie||18||Miss USA 1957||
|1955||Gloria Ruth King||Baltimore|
|1954||Barbara Eschenburg||Berlin||Semi-finalist||Disqualified (under age)|
|1953||Diane Gale Durham||Silver Spring|
|1952||Did Not Compete|
- Mary Leona Gage was later dethroned when she was discovered that she was married and had two children.
- Nana Meriwether was 1st runner-up at Miss USA, but succeeded the title when Olivia Culpo became Miss Universe.
- Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
- "Kasey Staniszewski Crowned Miss Maryland USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Meade, UMd. Grad Crowned Miss Maryland USA". WBALTV. 7 December 2004.[permanent dead link]
- "University Senior Wins Miss Maryland USA Pageant". Howard University. 13 December 1999. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012.
- >"Miss USA roots sister on in Miss America bid". Hartford Courant. 2 September 1963. p. 20A.
- Woestendiek, John (10 April 2005). "The long, unhappy pageant of Mary Leona Gage". Baltimore Sun.