You’re probably wondering what you’re looking at right now. This is what Miss USA, Erin Brady, wore for the Miss Universe national costume competition, which took place on Sunday in Moscow. (The actual pageant happens this Saturday.) Since Brady hit the stage as the “Miss USA transformer,” made by Martin Izquierdo, a costume designer for Victoria’s Secret, the look has been called everything from a “travesty” to something preschoolers made from “some left over washing-up liquid bottles, yogurt pots, cardboard boxes and a lot of glitter.” Oof. That’s a lot of vitriol for a pageant costume. Keep reading »
After fumbling her answer at the Miss USA Pageant, Miss Utah Marissa Powell gotten a few chances to redeem herself. Her near-nonsense answer had to do with the gender wage gap, and yesterday, she appeared on “The Today Show” for another chance at answering coherently. However, I find this video much more satisfying: Miss Utah partook in some great self-effacing humor on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, as she sang her original fumbled answer to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Hey, a beauty queen who, like any other person, sometimes makes mistakes, but can laugh about them later? I’m into it. [ABC]
It’s no big secret that the Miss USA Pageant isn’t exactly renowned for the intelligence of the contestants, but honestly there should be a level of acceptable coherence in the question and answer section. Miss Utah Marisa Powell provided the worst answer by far. When asked about the continuing disparity between the amount men and women are paid, she fumbled for a while, then said words in an order that make almost no sense, all while managing to completely evade the question.
Question from judge Nene Leakes, the reality TV star: “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”
Miss Utah: “I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to … [very long pause] … figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem and, I think, especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so we need to … [shorter pause] … create education better so we can solve this problem.”
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A second contestant confirms what Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin first claimed: Miss Florida Karina Brez saw a list of the top five Miss USA finalists hours before the live telecast June 3. “I saw Florida backstage and she was very, very flustered and upset,” the anonymous contestant tells Fox News. “She was able to reveal to me at least four of the five names who went on to be the top girls. She couldn’t remember the fifth because she was so upset.”
This was before the Top 16 were announced, the source notes. “Several of the girls then started hearing through the grapevine about a list,” the source continues. Read more …
Yesterday, Sheena Monnin, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, resigned from the Miss USA pageant system, claiming she discovered documents that proved that the Miss USA contest — which aired on June 3 — was actually rigged! Quelle horror! According to Monnin, she quit after a fellow contestant spotted a list that announced the top five contestants before the show actually happened. In a post on her Facebook wall, she relayed the story:
I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage. Apparently the morning of June 3rd she saw a folder lying open to a page that said ‘FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012′ and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in. Thinking she was just seeing a rehearsal fake top 5 from a previous day she walked away, then realized that it had without a doubt been labeled as the Final Show Telecast, June 3rd. After the Top 16 were called and we were standing backstage she hesitantly said to me and another contestant that she knew who the Top 5 were. I said ‘who do you think they will be?’ She said that she didn’t ‘think’ she ‘knew’ because she saw the list that morning. She relayed whose names were on the list. Then we agreed to wait and see if that was indeed the Top 5 called that night. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged. Keep reading »
“Call Me Maybe” is catchiest damn song of the summer, so it figures the Miss USA pageant did its very own cover. It is safe to say none of the contestants will take home the prize for lip synching, but there are a couple funny cameos by the hosts Bravo’s Andy Cohen and E!’s Giuliana Rancic. And (ick) Donald Trump, who owns the pageant (likely to scope out new wives).
By the way, Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist, won the pageant. I’m not sure which one she is in the video … maybe one of the ones in bikinis? [YouTube]
Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, one of the ladies competing for the Miss America title this week, believes she has a leg up on her fellow competitors … her baldness. Suffering from a rare form of alopecia, Kayla started losing her hair in her early teens. “By the time I was 13, my hair was out completely. The thought of getting a wig never crossed my mind at all. My mother first brought up the suggestion and brought home this awful brown wig. I don’t know why, because I’m naturally blond and everyone in my family is blond. I wore it to school, but took it off in the middle of the day, put it in my backpack and never looked back,” she explained. Keep reading »
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 »
For all those aspiring beauty pageant hopefuls out there, here’s glimmer of hope. Though, generally, poise and grace are keys to winning the crown, the latest Miss USA wasn’t exactly full of balance and stability this weekend at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Rima Fakih, a 24-year-old Lebanese immigrant, took the stage in a white gown as Miss Michigan, and while showing off her evening wear, she almost tripped on her train. Now, that small error could have majorly altered the final results of just who would go on to win the entire show, but not this time. Despite her close call with the train, judges found Rima to be the most beautiful, most elegant, and most well-spoken of the contestants, and they named her the newest Miss USA. Just like models, beauty contestants prove they’re real people with their balance issues. [Daily Mail]
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