5 Beauty Pageant Scandals

Miss USA Nia Sanchez is the latest to mess up

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 21, 2014 7:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Miss USA doesn't know the capital of her own state—and some are claiming that's because Nia Sanchez didn't actually live in Nevada before being crowned Miss Nevada. Fox News rounds up more beauty pageant scandals:

  • In 2006, Miss USA Tara Connor was revealed to be a cocaine user ... and she also made out with miss Teen USA. An apology kept her from being de-throned.
  • Vanessa Williams, however, did lose her Miss America crown in 1983 when Penthouse revealed racy photos she'd taken several years before.

  • Back in 1973, Miss World Marjorie Wallace was alleged to have had flings with Tom Jones, George Best, and other high-profile men. She lost her title less than four months after winning it.
  • It took just one day for Miss USA Leona Gage to lose her crown in 1957, after her mother-in-law revealed that she had lied about being 21: She was actually only 18 ... and was married with two kids.
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Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA in Baton Rouge, La., on June 8, 2014.
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA in Baton Rouge, La., on June 8, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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