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Miss Arkansas’ Ventriloquism Act Isn’t Enough To Win Miss America Title


Saturday night’s Miss America pageant should have come down to three ladies: Miss New York, who was running on a gay rights platform; Miss Delaware, who suffers from alopecia and is bald; and above, Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady, whose talent was this amazingly bizarre ventriloquism act. Sadly, a blonde robot hailing from Nebraska won the coveted title. Boo. Hiss. [via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Joy Behar Will Judge Miss America Pageant Based On “Intelligence, Talents”

“I realize it is out of character for me to be judging Miss America. But maybe it will make the show more modern or bring it up to date. I do always find the odd girls prettier. But I don’t think I am going to judge anybody on their beauty as much as their intelligence and their talents. … This is a complete departure for me. But I have a permission slip from Gloria Steinem.”

— “The View” gabber Joy Behar explains why she’s the newly announced 2011 Miss America pageant judge. I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy this year? [NY Post] Keep reading »

Blond Beauty Queen Accused Of Not Looking “Indian Enough”

Something else to dislike about beauty pageants: they create expectations about what women from different cultures “should” look like. Spectators booed Kiwi model Jacinta Lal, 21, when she won the MissIndiaNZ pageant in Wellington, New Zealand, because she told the New Zealand Herald some “small-minded people” thought she wasn’t “Indian-looking enough to win the pageant.” But despite her blond hair and blue eyes, girlfriend is part Indian: Jacinta’s father is half-Fijian and half-Indian, while her mother is a white New Zealander. Thankfully, the pageant organizer has got Jacinta’s back and said it’s a shame pageant fans cannot accept her as just another lovely Kiwi/Indian girl. Keep reading »

Decrowned Miss USA Leona Gage Dies At 71

Leona Gage, the OG of beauty pageant scandalites, died this weekend of heart failure. So what’s her story? In 1957, Leona was crowned Miss USA only to have her title stripped days later. The scandal? That she was married and had two children. Well, I never! Actually, the story is pretty juicy—Leona claimed to be 21 on her pageant forms but was actually 18. She’d gotten married at age 14 and had her second baby at 16. After the Miss USA scandal, she became a regular on late night television, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and several others. And we think tabloid culture is a new thing? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

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. Keep reading »

Here She Comes, Italy’s 375-Pound “Miss Chubby” Beauty Pageant Winner

Beauty queens are not known for being an especially diverse group in the size department. Whether their skin is alabaster white or coffee brown, usually they’ve got legs up to here and weigh 120 lbs. soaking wet.

But for the past 21 years, Italy has crowned a different sort of beauty queen: Miss Chubby. Yes, the country that invented Sophia Loren (and spaghetti bolognese and cannoli) acknowledges that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading »

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