Miss Teen USA 1998, the 16th Miss Teen USA pageant, was televised live from Shreveport, Louisiana on 17 August, 1998. At the conclusion of the final competition, Vanessa Minnillo of South Carolina was crowned by outgoing queen Shelly Moore of Tennessee.
The pageant was hosted by Mario Lopez
with color commentary by Ali Landry
. Landry held the Miss Louisiana Teen USA
Miss Louisiana USA
1996 titles, making the
semi-finals at Miss Teen USA
pageant before winning Miss USA
During the pageant there was entertainment by N'Sync
Map showing placements by state
- The other top five finalists were (in order of placement):
Gina DeBernardi (Wyoming), Misty Horn
- This was only Wyoming's second placement, after Emily Earnst
placed first runner-up to Kelly Hu in
- Nevada placed for the first time since 1983, this was also only
their second placement. No other Nevada teen has bettered Victoria
Franklin's placement, although Helen
Salas equalled it when she placed second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2004. Franklin was Miss Nevada USA at the time, Salas' sister
- Mississippi placed for the first time since 1994.
- Vanessa Minillo became the first Miss Congeniality winner to
also win the pageant. She also got the highest score ever in any
semifinal: 9.96 in swimsuit.
- Florida won the Miss Photogenic award for the third consecutive
year, a first in the history of the pageant. Nicole Broderick was
Florida's first semi-finalist since 1995, and no other Florida teen
would place until Jennifer Wooten made the top fifteen at Miss Teen USA 2006.
The Miss Teen USA 1998 delegates were: