The Miss New Mexico USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Mexico in the Miss USA pageant. It is directed by Laura's Productions based in El Paso, Texas.
New Mexico has had moderate success at Miss USA, with many placements in the 1960s to the '80s and one Miss USA, Mai Shanley in 1984. The most recent placement was Alejandra Gonzalez in 2019, placing 1st runner-up, the state's highest placement since 1985.
Cecilia Rodriguez, a native of Imperial Beach, California residing in South Valley, was crowned Miss New Mexico USA 2020 on January 26, 2020 at New Mexico State University Center in Las Cruces. She will represent New Mexico for the title of Miss USA 2020.
- Miss USA: Mai Shanley (1984)
- 1st runners-up: Brenda Denton (1985), Alejandra Gonzalez (2019)
- 2nd runners-up: Judith Baldwin (1965)
- 4th runners-up: Bonnie Tafoya (1968), Marlena Garland (1978)
- Top 5: Michelle Rios (1999)
- Top 10/11/12: Donna Reel (1972), Jonelle Bergquist (1976), Denise Funderburk (1977), Kathy Dawn Patrick (1980), Kriston "Kiki" Killgore (1987), Alina Ogle (2003)
- Top 15/16: Joan Schwartz (1955), Sandra Fullingim (1963), Mary Gard (1969), Jenna Hardin (2004), Brittany Toll (2011)
- New Mexico holds a record of 18 placements at Miss USA.
- Miss Photogenic: Michele Sandoval (1979)
- Best State Costume: Kriston "Kiki" Killgore (1987)
- People's Choice & Fan Favorite: Brittany Toll (2011)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age1||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA||Notes|
|2020||Cecilia Rodriguez||South Valley||27||TBA||TBA|
|2019||Alejandra Gonzalez||Las Cruces||26||1st runner-up||Competed at Miss Texas USA several times|
|2018||Kristen Leyva||Las Cruces||23||New Mexico State University Graduate 2016, Mechanical Engineering|
|2015||Alexis Duprey||Alamogordo||24||Triple crown winner|
|2013||Kathleen Danzer||Rio Rancho||24|
|2012||Jessica Martin||Las Cruces||21|
|2011||Brittany Toll||Las Cruces||22||Top 16||People's Choice & Fan Favorite in Swimwear Competition||Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2005 and Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2005|
|2010||Rosanne Dene Aguilar||Sunland Park||23||Sister of Raelene Aguilar, Miss New Mexico USA 2008 & Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2000.|
|2008||Raelene Aguilar||Sunland Park||26||Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2000|
|2005||Jacqueline Deaner||Las Cruces||25|
|2004||Jenna Hardin||Lovington||21||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 13th Place|
|2003||Alina Ogle||Albuquerque||21||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 6th Place||Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1999|
|2001||Jennifer Adams||Las Cruces|
|2000||Christina Ortega||Las Cruces|
|1999||Michelle Rios||Santa Teresa||23||Top 5, Finishing in 5th Place|
|1994||Jill Vasquez||Albuquerque||24||Previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1988 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 1988; Former co-director of the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants under her married name, Jill Vasquez-Foley, Former line captain of the NFL Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders|
|1989||Traci Brubaker||Alamogordo||1st runner up in Miss Oktoberfest 1988|
|1988||Stephanie Storrie||Clovis||2nd runner up in Miss Oktoberfest 1987|
|1987||Kriston "Kiki" Killgore||Albuquerque||19||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 7th Place||Winner/1st Place - Best State Costume|
|1985||Brenda Denton||Hobbs||21||1st runner-up||Later Miss World USA 1985 & 2nd Runner-up at Miss World 1985, 1st runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 1984 as Miss Texas|
|1984||Mai Therese Shanley||Alamogordo||21||Miss USA 1984||Previously Miss New Mexico 1983, semi-finalist at Miss Universe 1984|
|1983||Kristin Larsen||Santa Fe|
|1982||Lisa Allen||Las Cruces|
|1981||Lise Gabrielle Dominique Thevenet||Las Cruces||23||Graduated from New Mexico State University in 1979 and died at age 55 on August 2, 2013 in Greenwood Village, Colorado|
|1980||Kathy Patrick||Anthony||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 6th Place||Miss Oktoberfest 1980 as Miss Texas|
|1979||Michele Sandoval||Albuquerque||Miss Photogenic|
|1978||Marlena Garland||Las Cruces||4th runner-up|
|1977||Denise Funderburk||Albuquerque||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 12th Place|
|1976||Jonelle Bergquist||Albuquerque||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 10th Place|
|1974||Jan Nilsson||Los Alamos|
|1973||Carolyn Cline||Albuquerque||20||Later Miss Florida 1978 and then Miss America 1979 2nd runner up.|
|1972||Donna Reel||Albuquerque||Semi-finalist (Top 12), Finishing in 10th Place||Later Miss New Mexico 1974 and top 10 at Miss America 1975. Also Miss New Mexico World 1973 and top 16 at Miss World USA 1973.|
|1970||Theresa Phillips||Las Cruces|
|1969||Mary Gard||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 9th Place|
|1968||Bonnie Tafoya||Las Cruces||4th runner-up|
|1965||Judith Baldwin||2nd runner-up|
|1964||Did Not Compete|
|1963||Sandra Fullingim||Semi-finalist, Finishing in 11th Place|
|1962||Herma Loy Elliott||Portales|
|1953-1954||Did Not Compete|
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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- "NMSU engineering alumna crowned Miss New Mexico USA". College of Engineering. 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
- "Kathleen Danzer Crowned Miss New Mexico USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. January 6, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013.