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Just-Crowned Miss Teen USA Sorry for Racial Slurs

Texas high school senior took to Twitter at 2am Sunday to do damage control

(Newser) - Miss Teen USA 2016 was supposed to take a step in the direction of feminism and equal rights as the contest ditched the swimsuits for athletic wear . But in the wee hours following the event that crowned Miss Texas Karlie Hay, the 18-year-old high school senior took to Twitter to... More »

Want to Win Miss Universe? This Yale Law Grad Can Help

Jeff Lee was smitten by the pageant at 9 years old

(Newser) - Jeff Lee saw the Miss Universe Pageant at his cousin's California home in 1995. "Pudgy, legally blind without his glasses, [and] deaf in one ear," the 9-year-old was captivated, feeling "an ache inside, something like longing," writes Burt Helm. In a sprawling profile in GQ ... More »

Miss Colombia: This Was 'My Destiny'

Ariadna Gutiérrez posts message to Instagram

(Newser) - Miss Colombia is a gracious winner-er-oops!-actually-runner-up. Ariadna Gutiérrez posted a message on Instagram Tuesday after she was accidentally crowned Miss Universe , then quickly un-crowned, People reports. "After the storm comes the calm," she writes. "I am the most fortunate and thankful for having the support... More »

Oops: Wrong Woman Named as Miss Universe

Miss Colombia's crown taken away after Steve Harvey misreads card

(Newser) - In what must rank as one of the biggest beauty pageant blunders of all time, Miss Colombia was named Miss Universe in Las Vegas on Sunday night and was still basking in the glory when host Steve Harvey returned to the stage to admit he had screwed up. "OK,... More »

Univision Dumps Miss USA Over Trump

Given 'insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants,' breaking up not hard to do

(Newser) - Several things stood out when Donald Trump announced his presidential bid — liberal glee, conservative scorn , escalators, paid supporters —but what many in the Latino community heard was his proposal to build a "great, great wall" on the US-Mexico border to block Mexican drugs, crime, and rapists. Outrage... More »

Andy Cohen Won't Return to Miss Universe: I Could Be Arrested

It's being held in Russia this year, and the former co-host is gay

(Newser) - Missing from this year's Miss Universe pageant: regular co-host Andy Cohen. The competition is being held in Russia on Nov. 9, and the country's anti-gay laws "make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit," Cohen tells E!'... More »

Transgender Beauty Will Likely Compete in Pageant

Trump organization backs down on Jenna Talackova controversy

(Newser) - The Trump organization appears to have had a change of heart about a Canadian beauty who had a change of sex. Jenna Talackova—a transgender contestant booted from the Miss Universe Canada pageant —will be allowed to take part "provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of... More »

Miss Universe Execs Boot Transgender Contestant

Jenna Talackova not 'naturally born female' as rules require

(Newser) - Jenna Talackova might look like a babe, but that's not what it says on her birth certificate, so she's getting the boot from Canada's Miss Universe pageant. The transgender contestant from Vancouver might be a "real girl" now, say officials, but pageant rules require that each... More »

Miss France: Miss Universe Wears Jeans

Leila Lopes didn't deserve to win, Laury Thilleman implies

(Newser) - Sounds like someone's a sore loser: Miss France Laury Thilleman snarked about Miss Angola Leila Lopes after Lopes was crowned Miss Universe , complaining to a French magazine about Lopes' fashion sense, among other things. The Washington Post offers a translation: "She was the only girl I didn’t... More »

Miss Angola Now Miss Universe

Leila Lopes wins the top honor

(Newser) - In a competition that was, for once, scandal-free, Miss Angola Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe last night in Brazil. Get a taste of the evening via the best lines, as reported by the AP :
  • Lopes, 25, during the pageant's Q&A portion: Asked what she would change about
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The Beauty Pageant Is Dead

Miss Universe is all business, no fun

(Newser) - Beauty pageants used to be “a hoot and a holler and a half,” but last night’s Miss Universe competition hailed their death. “Even as a gay man, I couldn't find joy or fun in last night's monument to wax figurines and Donald Trump,” writes Louis... More »

Miss Mexico Crowned Miss Universe

Jimena Navarrete wants to improve her country's image

(Newser) - Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete won last night’s Miss Universe pageant, giving her home country its second-ever Miss Universe title. “I want the whole world to know about my country and my people,” said Navarrete, 22, adding that she hopes her victory will help Mexico’s image. Miss... More »

Miss Universe Contestants Go Topless

It's another photo scandal, this time with body paint

(Newser) - Topless photos of a few Miss Universe contestants have emerged...but these are no secret. Like the Miss USA pageant before it , the Miss Universe pageant itself released the racy pictures of the ladies covered in body paint and little else. One female VP justifies it by calling the women... More »

Nation Barfs Over Miss Aussie Costume

One critic calls it 'a national joke,' another 'a travesty'

(Newser) - The first problem: High-heeled Uggs. The second: Everything else. The outfit designed to represent Australia at next month's Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas is being blasted as "a travesty" and "a national joke," reports the Telegraph . The ensemble combines Ugg heels with a one-piece bathing suit,... More »

Heidi Is the Next MJ: Spencer

He's just such a tool.

(Newser) - Hey, if Spencer Pratt thinks he can be the next Brad Pitt, why shouldn’t his wife be the next Michael Jackson? In yet another example of the reality show couple’s delusions of grandeur, Pratt called Heidi Montag "the new, modern-day, 2010 Michael Jackson” following her Miss Universe... More »

Aussie Pageant Teen 'Dangerously Thin'

Contestant meets World Health Authority standards for malnourishment, says doc

(Newser) - Health experts are sounding the alarm over a dangerously underweight Australian beauty contestant in the Miss Universe pageant in Sydney, reports the Telegraph. Observers were stunned by the protruding bones of 19-year-old Stephanie Naumoska, who stands 5 foot 11 and weighs just 108 pounds. "There appears to be significant... More »

Gitmo So 'Fun,' Miss Universe 'Didn't Want to Leave'

'It was very interesting,' she writes in blog

(Newser) - Not many people have fun at Guantanamo Bay, but Miss Universe did. Caracas-born beauty Dayana Mendoza visited the US naval base surrounded by barbed wire and watchtowers yesterday, and had a "relaxing, calm" time, she said. It was a "loooot of fun!" she wrote in her blog.... More »

Miss USA Tumbles at Pageant

Miss Venezuela wins crown on curves

(Newser) - For the second year in a row the US contestant in the Miss Universe pageant tripped and fell during the competition, AP reports. Miss USA Crystle Stewart of Texas took a tumble when she stepped on the train of her bejeweled evening gown as she made her entrance in the... More »

Beauty Probed as Pepper Spray Claims Prove False

Police say pepper spray claims in pageant may be false

(Newser) - In the latest twist in a Miss Universe pageant scandal, police investigating claims that someone put pepper spray on the clothing and cosmetics of the new Miss Puerto Rico found no trace of the chemicals. The 24-year-old beauty said she broke out in hives and had to ice down her... More »

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