Miss Kansas, a 21-year-old communications student, was named Miss USA 1991 Friday night.

Kelli McCarty, an aerobics instructor and student at Wichita State University, said she hopes to pursue a modeling and acting career while finishing school."It's an unbelievable feeling. I feel fabulous. What I'd like to do now is wipe all these tears of joy off my cheeks," said Miss McCarty, of Liberal.

First runner-up was Charlotte Ray, 24, of Voorhees, N.J. Diane Schock, 25, of Fontana, Calif., was second runner-up.