Our History

1923 – 1924

Two years after the creation of the Miss America Pageant (originally known as the Inter-City Beauty Contest), Katherine Hensley represented the city of San Antonio as the first Miss San Antonio.  Hensley would also be crowned Miss San Antonio 1924.

1927 – 1931

In 1927, Miss San Antonio’s pathway to Miss America was through the “International Pageant of Pulchritude” in Galveston, Texas.  In 1928, the Miss America Pageant was discontinued for five years, however, the Galveston pageant continued and San Antonio continued to crown Miss San Antonio titleholders.

Miss San Antonio titleholders during these five years were not associated with the Miss America Pageant only because of it’s temporary discontinuation.

1933

The Miss America Pageant attempted a restart in 1933.  Limited time to organize contestants forced pageant promoters to search for individuals to compete.  Billie Elwood Miss San Antonio 1932, who competed in a new Galveston, Texas pageant was selected as Miss Texas 1933 for the Miss America Pageant.

Billie Elwood was told by her friends that the title of Miss Texas bestowed on her was possibly unethical because a local competition was being held in San Antonio to crown Miss Texas.  On her own accord, Billie Elwood returned home without participating in the Miss America Pageant.

Unfortunately, it was learned that the local competition brought up by her friends was not related to the Miss America competition and Billie Elwood’s title was legitimate.

1934

The Miss America Pageant was canceled due to financial issues.  No Miss San Antonio was crowned.

1937

The Miss Texas Organization was established in 1937.

Olive Henderson Miss San Antonio 1937 was the last Miss San Antonio to participate in the Miss America Pageant.  She competed alongside Alice Emerick Miss Texas 1937.

After 1937, Miss San Antonio titleholders were required to compete for the Miss Texas title in order to compete in the Miss America Pageant.

1942 – 1945

No Miss San Antonio was crowned due to World War II.

1975

Juanita Taylor becomes the Director of the Miss San Antonio Organization.  Unfortunately, there are no records of former directors before 1975.

1982

Greg Stevens becomes the Director of the Miss San Antonio Organization.

1983

Dana Rogers Miss San Antonio 1983 becomes Miss Texas 1983.

1984

The Miss San Antonio Pageant is televised for the first time.  It continued to be televised for ten consecutive years ending with the 1994 Pageant.

1990

Glynda Coyle becomes the Director of the Miss Bexar County Organization which crowned the Miss San Antonio title.

Patricia Mendoza was crowned Miss San Antonio 1990.  She previously held the title of Miss San Antonio 1988.  Patricia Mendoza did not win the crown in 1988.  The title was passed to her after the Regina Garcia Miss San Antonio 1988 resigned to pursue her career.  This makes Patricia Mendoza the second individual to hold the Miss San Antonio title twice.

2011

Caroline Flores becomes the Director of the Miss Bexar County Organization which crowns the Miss San Antonio title.

2013

Sandra Peter becomes the Director of Miss San Antonio under the Texas Hill Country Organization.

2014

Melissa Trawick-Sullivan becomes the Director of the Miss San Antonio / Alamo City / Bexar County Organization.

San Antonio Roses Entertainment’s production of the Miss San Antonio Pageant wins “Best of Show” in Texas.

2015

San Antonio Roses Entertainment’s production of the Miss San Antonio Pageant wins “Best of Show” in Texas for the 2nd year in a row.

2016 (January)

Jose and Belinda De Leon become the Director of the Miss San Antonio / Alamo City Organization.

San Antonio Roses Entertainment’s production of the Miss San Antonio Pageant wins “Best of Show” in Texas for the 3rd year in a row.

2016 (August)

Ray Mendoza becomes the Director of the Miss San Antonio / Alamo City / Bexar County Organization.

San Antonio Roses Entertainment’s production of the Miss San Antonio Competition wins “Best of Show Producer” in Texas.

2017

Emma Faye Rudkin is crowned Miss San Antonio 2017.  Emma held the title of Miss San Antonio 2015 which makes her the third individual to hold the Miss San Antonio title twice and only the second individual to win the title twice, which was first accomplished by Katherine Hensley in 1923 and 1924.

Miss America adds a rule that individuals are no longer eligible to hold the same title more than once.

2018

Robert and Cynthia Trinidad become the Directors of the Miss San Antonio Scholarship Organization.

2019

Glenn Fox becomes the Director of the Miss San Antonio Scholarship Organization.

2020

Miss America cancels all the state competitions and the Miss America competition due to COVID-19 pandemic.

2021

No local competition was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Miss San Antonio 2021 title was bestowed to the 2020 runner-up Natalie Torresdey.  No San Antonio’s Outstanding Teen 2021 title was bestowed.