Miss Teen USA 2002, the 20th Miss Teen USA pageant, was televised live from South Padre Island, Texas on 28 August, 2002. At the conclusion of the final competition, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA Vanessa Marie Semrow was crowned by outgoing queen Marissa Whitley of Missouri.
This was the second consecutive year that the pageant was held on
South Padre Island, although it had also been held there in
Semrow was only the second teenager from Wisconsin to place in the
pageant, and the first to win the title. The state's previous
placement was in 1984.
In the years after the pageant, two delegates who competed at Miss
Teen USA 2002 went on to win the Miss USA
title. The class of 2002 is the first to produce two Miss USA
winners. The first was Tara Conner
Kentucky, who placed second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2002 and won
the Miss USA 2006
pageant; she was
followed by Rachel Smith
(semi-finalist and Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA) who won
Miss USA 2007
. Both placed fourth
runner-up in the Miss Universe
pageant. A third contestant, fourth runner-up Kimberly Harlan of
Georgia, competed at Miss World 2003
but did not place.
Map showing placements by state
- Wisconsin, Connecticut and Minnesota placed for only the second
time, Rhode Island placed for the third time. Rhode Island last
placed in 1992, when Shanna Moakler
made the semi-finals. Wisconsin last placed in 1984, Connecticut in
1993, and Minnesota in 1995.
- Georgia placed for the third consecutive year, the first time
this had occurred.
- It was the second time in three years that Miss Kentucky Teen
USA placed second runner-up.
- Rachel Smith (Miss USA 2007) became
the second Tennessee teen to win Miss Photogenic. The first
Tennessee teen to win the title was Lynnette Cole in 1995 who also went on to win
the Miss USA 2000 title. Smith went on
to follow her footsteps and win Miss USA
- In a rare occurrence, Tara Conner won Miss USA 2006. She then crowned a fellow Miss
Teen USA 2002 contestant, Rachel Smith (Miss USA 2007), as her successor.
The Miss Teen USA 2002 delegates were:
- Ten contestants later won Miss USA
- Two contestants later won Miss
America state titles:
- The sister of Erin Madden (Hawaii) competed at
Miss Teen USA 2000. The sisters of Jamie Mader
(Wyoming) and Rachel Garness (Alaska) both
competed at Miss Teen USA
Castonguay (Rhode Island) was a cheerleader for the
England Patriots for two seasons.
- Kimberly Harlan (Georgia) competed Miss World United States
2003 and represented the United States in Miss World 2003