Though the first modern-day pageant wasn’t organized until 1854, humans have been celebrating youthful beauty since the medieval ages. The oldest and most well known pageant, the Miss USA competition, originally began as a tourist attraction in 1921.
It has since grown into a contest celebrating intelligence and personality as well as physical appearance. It’s also a great place to spot emerging trends in formalwear.
Want to feel like a beauty pageant winner at your homecoming dance? Get some HOCO inspo from these Miss Teen USA contestants.
Makenzie Falcon, Miss South Dakota Teen USA, chose a green mock collar, illusion neckevening gown to highlight her natural good looks. The sweetheart neckline, cinched waist and flowing skirt are perfect for making a graceful entrance.
Gracyn Blackmore, Miss Virginia Teen USA 2016 knew this sequin plunge bodice and ballgown homecoming dress would turn heads. We love the way this textured feather skirt adds dimension and flare to an already impressive silhouette.
Erin Snow, Miss Alabama Teen USA 2016, may not have taken home the crown, but she gets our vote for best dressed. This off the shoulder gown is the ultimate homecoming trend. We love the way the beaded belt adds a pop of sparkle.
Bentley Wright, Miss Georgia Teen USA, wowed in this white silk plunge neck dress. Complete with a built in modesty panel and an elegant scoop back, this slightly flared trumpet dress compliments a variety of shapes and skin tones.
Emily Hutchinson, Miss Delaware Teen USA, rocked this sophisticated high collar homecoming dress at last month’s pageant. Elegant and timeless, this unforgettable gown comes alive with glamorous beading, swirling floral pattern crystal details, and delicate cap sleeves. The ruched empire waist gives way to a chiffon overlay skirt with a high-leg slit for a hint of sexy.
Hannah Greene, Miss Tennessee Teen USA, looked ravishing in yellow, but it’s her pearl off the shoulder straps that have us swooning. This shorter lace version is the stuff of homecoming dreams.
Though the Miss Teen USA pageant may be over until next year, homecoming season is just beginning!