If for any reason, the winner cannot fulfill her duties, the 1st runner-up will take her place…
We always hear the statement above before a new Miss Universe is crowned. And it was back in 2002 when the 1st Runner-Up Justine Pasek of Panama took over Oxana Fedorava of Russia.
Now over at Miss USA, the line of succession is more standard (and non-complicated) in practice.
From 1967 onwards, the first runner-up automatically replaced any Miss USA titleholder who won the Miss Universe pageant. Here are the ones who benefitted, in reverse order:
Nana Meriwether of Maryland – 2012
Brandi Sherwood of Idaho – 1997 (she was also crowned Miss Teen USA 1989 prior)
Shanna Lynn Moakler of New York – 1995
Jineane Ford of Arizona – 1980
Cheryl Patton of Florida – 1967 (She was 2nd Runner-Up but took over the Miss USA title after 1st runner-up Susan Bradley of California declined when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe)
How do you like Miss Florida USA Michelle Aguirre?
Do you have the taste for true blondes? Then Michelle Aguirre – Miss Florida in the ongoing Miss USA 2013 – should be on your list. This girl is one of the running favorites for the title come finals night on June 16 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. In fact, she is the bettors’ solid pick to figure out as #1.
While I may not always go head over heels with her type, there is a special hard-to-define quality about Michelle that makes me veer towards her direction. She is sexy without going overboard. And except for the two super-vampish photos on top, she comes off as very likeable.
Is there a place for her on top? The last time her state was declared Miss USA was way back in 1967 and that was even due to a rare technicality when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe and her 1st Runner-Up Susan Bradley (of California) refused to take over. Hence, third-placer Cheryl Patton (of Florida) was officially enthroned.
Let’s see if Michelle Aguirre becomes Florida’s first ‘crowned-on-finals-night’ winner. 😉