The Miss USA 1981 pageant ended with Kim Seelbrede winning the title of Miss USA 1981 and getting the opportunity to advance to the Miss Universe 1981 pageant!
Top 5 finalists at the Miss USA 1981 pageant were:
First Runner-Up - Holli Dennis
Second Runner-Up - Lisa Moss
Third Runner-Up - Cynthia Kerby
Fourth Runner-Up - Teri Ann Linn
Top 12 at the Miss USA 1981 pageant were:
Sharon Kay Steakly
Special Awards at Miss USA 1981 were:
Cynthia Kerby who won Miss Congeniality.
Cynthia Kerby who won Miss Photogenic.
Fun Fact: The Miss USA 1981 pageant featured only 50 delegates after Deborah Fountain of New York was disqualified during the preliminary judging after being found to have padded her swimsuit.