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Mai Shanley


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In 1983, Mai Shanley won her first pageant title, Miss New Mexico 1983 and the opportunity to represent New Mexico at the Miss America 1983 pageant. While she went unplaced in that pageant, she continued her love of pageantry.

In 1984, Shanley competed for and won Miss New Mexico USA 1984. She would once again represent New Mexico on a national pageant stage. At Miss USA 1984, Shanley took home the crown and the opportunity to advance to Miss Universe 1984. She became the first contestant from New Mexico to win the national crown. The Miss Universe 1984 competition took place in Miami, FL in July 1984. She placed as a semi-finalist in the pageant before retiring her pageant heels.

After her reign, Shanley pursued modeling and participated in the television show Dream Girl U.S.A., where she placed in the top five and won $30,000 in cash and prizes. She then became a beauty consultant before moving abroad with her husband and two children.

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    February 17, 1963

  • New Mexico, United States

Which School Did Mai Shanley Attend?

New Mexico State University

FUN FACTS about Mai Shanley

She met President Ronald Reagan in 1984 during her time as Miss USA. She won more than $175,000 in cash and prizes when crowned Miss USA at age 21 on May 17, 1984. She attended the 11th Annual People's Choice Awards during her reign.

In the Media

N.M. 'Royalty' Happy Overseas

8 April 2019 https://www.abqjournal.com/news/where/353102use05-16-01.htm