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Complete list of Miss Missouri USA 2023 candidates


The Miss Missouri USA 2023 coronation night will take place at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts in Branson, Taney County, Missouri, United States on May 21, 2023. It is the 72nd edition of the state-level beauty pageant that selects Missouri’s candidate for Miss USA, which selects the Miss Universe candidate of the U.S.

Currently, Missouri has 26 Miss USA placements including the coronation of Shandi Finnessey in 2004 and the second runner-up finishes of Carolyn Carlew in 1952, Sandra Lee Marlin in 1963 and Melanie Breedlove in 1998. The most recent one was in 2022 when Mikala McGhee finished in the Top 16.


Representing St. Louis, McGhee was 28 when she was crowned Miss Missouri USA 2022 at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts in Branson on May 1, 2022. The respective first, second, third and fourth runners-up were Autumn Black of Kansas City, Victoria Owen of Jackson County, Sydney Wilhelm of Webster Groves and Adrienne Burfield of Montauk.

There are 26 women competing for the Miss Missouri USA 2023 crown. Here are the candidates:

  1. Ragan Sykes (Boone County)
  2. Kinsey Stephens (Branson)
  3. Keara Okolo (Capital City)
  4. Gracie May (Chesterfield)
  5. Sydney Hammit (Christian County)
  6. Destiny Kingsbury (Columbia)
  7. Rachel Ringgenberg (Gateway City)
  8. Alyssa Chandler (Greene County)
  9. Destiny Davis (Honey Bee)
  10. Autumn Black (Kansas City)
  11. Ashlyn Hoock (Ladue)
  12. Amber Gates (Lee’s Summit)
  13. Heidi Ehlert (Maplewood)
  14. Jasmine Wells (Mid Missouri)
  15. Aspyn Tenison (Missouri State)
  16. Hannah Nalley (Ozark)
  17. Sylvia Austin (Phelps County)
  18. Elexandria Simon (Sedalia)
  19. Olivia Henson (Springfield)
  20. Claudia Swyres (St. Charles)
  21. Aubrey Barnes (St. Francois County)
  22. Heather Austin (St. James)
  23. Lakyndria Walker (St. Louis County)
  24. Madison Horner (Table Rock Lake)
  25. Sydney Wilhelm (Webster Groves)
  26. Julie Stewart (West Rogersville)

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