When the Miss USA pageant began in 1952, winners were often crowned in embellished swimsuits.
Later in the decade and into the '60s, many Miss USA winners wore fur shawls and long gloves to accept their crowns.
Contestants now have their winning moments in evening gowns, oftentimes in vibrant hues and embellished with crystals, floral details, or fringe.
When the Miss USA pageant started in 1952, winners were crowned wearing embellished swimsuits.
That changed in the '60s, when winners posed for their crowning moments in long dresses with gloves and fur shawls draped over their shoulders.
Miss USA winners have continued to take the stage in eye-catching evening gowns — but the styles have changed over the years, with some pageant queens wearing dresses encrusted with crystals, and others opting for fringe or unique silhouettes.
Asya Branch, who was crowned Miss USA 2020, accepted her title wearing a strapless black-and-white gown with a thigh-high slit.
Here's a look back at the outfits Miss USA winners have worn.
Jackie Loughery was crowned the first Miss USA in 1952.
Wearing a swimsuit — a style that was on-trend at the time — Loughery competed in the competition as Miss New York.
Myrna Hansen represented Illinois in the Miss USA 1953 pageant.
Hansen wore a white swimsuit with black heels for her winning moment.
Miriam Stevenson won the Miss USA pageant in 1954.
Stevenson represented South Carolina in the competition.
Carlene King Johnson was crowned Miss USA 1955.
The former Miss Vermont wore a swimsuit embellished with crystals for her winning moment.
Carol Morris was named Miss Iowa in 1956.
Morris wore a swimsuit bedazzled with crystals across the top and straps for her crowning moment.
Charlotte Sheffield (left) was crowned Miss USA 1957 after the previous winner, Leona Gage, was disqualified.
Sheffield, who represented Utah in the competition, accepted the title in a dress with cap sleeves and a voluminous skirt.
Eurlyne Howell took home the Miss USA title in 1958.
Howell wore a halter-style swimsuit for her big moment.
Terry Lynn Huntingdon took the crown in the 1959 pageant.
The former Miss California was crowned Miss USA in a pink swimsuit and gold heels.
Linda Bement (center) was representing Utah in the 1960 competition.
Bement was crowned Miss USA 1960 in a yellow swimsuit and beige heels.
Sharon Brown won Miss USA 1961.
Brown wore a gown, fur shawl, and long gloves for the crowning moment.
Macel Wilson represented Hawaii when she won Miss USA 1962.
Wilson accessorized her gown with long gloves and a fur shawl, a style that was popular at the time.
Marite Ozers won Miss USA 1963 in a gown with a billowing skirt.
Ozers represented Illinois in the 1963 competition.
Bobbi Johnson was crowned Miss USA 1964 while representing the District of Columbia.
Johnson had her crowning moment in a fur shawl and gown embroidered with flowers.
Sue Downey was Miss Ohio before she was crowned Miss USA 1965.
Downey accepted the title in a strapless gown and long gloves.
Maria Remenyi won Miss USA 1966.
Remenyi was crowned wearing a floor-length paisley dress and long gloves.
Cheryl Ann Patton was crowned Miss USA 1967 in a dress with a pleated skirt.
Patton accepted the Miss USA title after the original winner, Sylvia Hitchcock, went on to become Miss Universe.
Didi Anstett was crowned Miss USA in 1968 in a sparkly gown.
The former Miss Washington took home the Miss USA title in a sequined dress and shimmery shoes.
Wendy Dascomb won Miss USA 1969 after representing Virginia in the competition.
Dascomb accepted her crown in a unique dress with a slit in the middle, which showed another layer of fabric peeking through.
Debbie Shelton wore long gloves and an understated dress when she was crowned Miss USA 1970.
Shelton, formerly Miss Virginia, also wore long gloves for her crowning moment.
Michele McDonald (center) took home the title of Miss USA 1971.
McDonald, formerly Miss Pennsylvania, wore a dress with a bejeweled neckline and long gloves.
Tanya Wilson (center) was crowned Miss USA 1972.
Wilson accepted the title in a white dress with matching gloves.
Amanda Jones became Miss USA in 1973.
Jones was crowned in a flowy dress designed with a statement belt and matching armlet.
Karen Morrison won Miss USA in 1974.
The former Miss Illinois wore a halter-style, floor-length dress for the pageant.
Barbara Peterson won Miss USA 1976 in a long-sleeved gown with a dramatic skirt.
Peterson represented Minnesota when she was crowned the pageant winner.
Kimberly Tomes took home the Miss USA 1977 title after representing Texas.
Tomes had her crowning moment in a vibrant blue dress embellished with crystals.
Judi Andersen won Miss USA 1978.
Andersen took home the crown in a dress designed with a pearl-encrusted top and yellow skirt.
Shawn Weatherly was crowned Miss USA 1980 in a peach-colored, crystal-encrusted gown.
Weatherly received the Miss USA title after the original winner, Jineane Ford, went on to become Miss Universe.
Terri Utley was crowned Miss USA 1982 in a gown with crystal details and sheer sleeves.
Utley accepted the title in a brown long-sleeved, high-low gown with an embellished top.
Julie Hayek was crowned Miss USA 1983.
Hayek took home the title in a sequined halter-style gown.
Christy Fichtner won Miss USA in 1986 after representing Texas.
Ficthner was crowned in a pink dress with sheer sleeves embellished with crystal- and pearl-encrusted flowers and leaves.
Courtney Gibbs was Miss Texas before she won Miss USA 1988.
Gibbs won the pageant in a black gown with crystals sewn into the skirt and top.
Gretchen Polhemus won the Miss USA title in 1989.
Polhemus, formerly Miss Texas, won the title in a strapless gown with crystals sewn into the top.
Carole Gist was crowned Miss USA 1990.
Gist won Miss USA in a black strapless gown with crystal detailing along the neckline.
Kelli McCarty won Miss USA in 1991 in a dazzling red dress.
McCarty accepted the Miss USA title in a strapless red gown with a sweetheart neckline covered in sequins.
Shannon Marketic was crowned Miss USA in 1992.
Marketic was representing California when she was won the pageant in a black gown with ruffled sleeves.
Kenya Moore was crowned Miss USA 1993 in an embellished white dress.
Moore wore a strapless gown designed with jewels and a sweetheart neckline.
Lu Parker was crowned Miss USA in 1994.
Lu Parker won Miss USA in a black long-sleeved gown.
Shanna Moakler accepted the Miss USA 1995 title in an ornate, strappy gown.
Moakler accepted the title of Miss USA in a pink gown embellished with multicolored crystals.
Ali Landry won the title of Miss USA 1996.
Landry was crowned Miss USA in a white gown with a crisscross top outlined with silver beads.
Shawnae Jebbia won the Miss USA pageant in 1998.
Jebbia was crowned Miss USA wearing a beige strapless dress with a matching pashmina.
Kimberly Pressler won Miss USA in 1999.
Pressler took home the Miss USA title in a form-fitting white dress with a sheer neckline.
Lynnette Cole was crowned Miss USA 2000.
Cole won the title in a black sequined gown and pearl choker.
Kandace Krueger won Miss USA in 2001.
Krueger was crowned wearing a white halter dress embellished with crystals.
Shauntay Hinton took home the title of Miss USA 2002 wearing a one-shoulder dress.
Hinton's dress was covered in small crystals that matched her choker necklace and statement earrings.
Susie Castillo was crowned Miss USA in 2003.
Castillo won Miss USA wearing a white floral gown with ruffles running down the skirt.
Shandi Finnessey was named Miss USA 2004 after representing Missouri.
Finnessey was crowned in a blue-and-gold gown with a halter neckline and sheer fabric across her waist.
Chelsea Cooley wore a halter-style dress when she was crowned Miss USA in 2005.
Cooley accessorized with statement earrings and a matching bracelet.
Tara Conner was crowned Miss USA in 2006.
When Conner won the pageant, she wore a white gown with embroidered leaves and a thigh-high slit.
Rachel Smith won the Miss USA title in 2007.
Smith was crowned Miss USA in a glittery red dress with side cutouts at the waist.
Crystle Stewart was crowned Miss USA in 2008.
The former Miss Texas was crowned in a gold dress covered in sequins.
Rima Fakih won the Miss USA competition in 2010.
Fakih took home the title in a white mermaid gown with a silver belt-like design across the seam.
Alyssa Campanella wore an emerald-green dress when she won Miss USA in 2011.
Campanella was crowned in a mermaid-style gown with a sequined top.
Olivia Culpo represented Rhode Island when she was named Miss USA in 2012.
Culpo won the title wearing an eggplant-colored gown with a jeweled neckline.
After Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe, Nana Meriwether became the new Miss USA 2012.
Meriwether wore a vibrant mint-colored dress and silver heels to accept the title.
Erin Brady took home the Miss USA title in 2013.
Brady accepted the title wearing a white gown with gold detailing and statement earrings.
Nia Sanchez represented Nevada when she won Miss USA 2014.
Sanchez was crowned in a red gown with a dramatic skirt and slit down the middle.
Olivia Jordan won Miss USA in 2015 in a voluminous gown.
Jordan took home the title in a hot-pink dress with a dramatic skirt covered in ruffles.
Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA 2016 and wore a unique long-sleeved gown.
Barber won the title in a beige dress with a skirt covered in silver fringe.
Kára McCullough was crowned Miss USA 2017.
McCullough wore a gold-and-white halter gown that was covered in crystals at the top when she won Miss USA.
Sarah Summers won the Miss USA title in 2018.
Summers took home the crown in a black gown with a dramatic train and sequin detailing along the front.
Cheslie Kryst represented North Carolina when she won Miss USA 2019.
Kryst won the pageant in a one-shoulder, white gown designed with gold chains draping off the right sleeve.
Asya Branch won Miss USA 2020 while representing Mississippi.
Branch took home the title wearing a strapless, black-and-white sequined gown designed by Sherri Hill.
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