A 15-Year-Old Beauty Queen Loses Crown After Dyeing Hair Brown

Here in the good ole U.S. of A., it takes a lot for a beauty pageant queen to be dethroned. For Carrie Prejean, it didn’t happen until eight nude photos surfaced. Even Tara Conner, who tested positive for cocaine and heroin use, was able to keep hers. But that is not the case for 15-year-old Olivia O’Neil, Miss Teen Wanganui in New Zealand. Three months after winning her title, she decided to dye her brown and posted a photo of her new look on Facebook. “Is that a wig?” wrote Barbara Osborne, one of the pageant’s organizers. “I hope it is, don’t give me heart failure.” Olivia assured her it was not. At which point, Osbourne wrote, “Well you better decide, miss. Hand over your crown with an attitude like that. I’m sure someone will step into your place with manners.” Supposedly, grown-up Osbourne then told teenager Olivia that she “would not go far in the world.”

Olivia’s crown was indeed taken away. And people at the pageant organization are defending the action. “The expectation in holding the crown [was] that she maintain the image she had when she won it,” a spokesperson said. “In a beauty pageant, it’s not about sugar coating and providing lip service to the girls.”

Way harsh. I wonder what would’ve happened had Olivia just decided to get highlights. [Newser, New Zealand Herald]