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The States Revolted, and Miss America Punished Them

Licenses are terminated following calls for Gretchen Carlson's resignation

(Newser) - Cross Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper at your peril, apparently. As individual states called for the two leaders of the Miss America Organization to step down in advance of last month's pageant , little was said by the women, who act as the chairwoman and CEO, respectively. Now, action: Four... More »

New Miss America Glad Swimsuit Contest Is Gone

'I'm more than just that,' says Nia Franklin

(Newser) - The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she's glad she didn't have to. Nia Imani Franklin, who won the title Sunday night in Atlantic City while competing as Miss New York, says the changes in the 98-year-old pageant are... More »

Pageant Officials in 46 States Want Gretchen Carlson Out

Revolt brews as Miss America pageant begins

(Newser) - The post-swimsuit era for the Miss America pageant begins Wednesday night. It does so amid a revolt by state pageant officials unhappy with the way the decision to drop swimsuits was made, and who are demanding that top leadership, including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson, step down. The current Miss America, Cara... More »

Miss America: This Is How Bad the Bullying Got

Cara Mund details her accusations as a former Miss Denver takes her side

(Newser) - "The treatment just kept getting worse and I kept thinking to myself, 'Is it my fault?'" That's Miss America Cara Mund talking about the alleged mistreatment she endured at the hands of two top officials at the pageant organization, per the Hollywood Reporter . Alleged bully... More »

Gretchen Carlson: Miss America's Letter Cost Us $75K

Scholarship money was lost, though Carlson doesn't specify how

(Newser) - Miss America Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has struck back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund's allegations that Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her have led to the loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year's contestants. In a Twitter post Sunday night, the... More »

Miss America Has Harsh Words for Gretchen Carlson

Cara Mund claims Carlson, CEO Regina Hopper silenced and bullied her

(Newser) - Gretchen Carlson was installed as chair of the Miss America Organization's board of directors earlier this year in the wake of a scandal that forced out the organization's CEO and other executives after "unacceptable" emails were revealed about past winners. Now, drama of her own for Carlson... More »

Beauty Queen, 'Betrayed' by #MeToo Joke, Gives Up Crown

'I will stand up for every individual who has ever had the courage to speak out'

(Newser) - Maude Gorman, who was competing as Miss Plymouth County 2018, was backstage at the Miss Massachusetts pageant earlier this month when the joke was made: As a woman pretended to pray onstage as part of a comedy sketch, telling God she wanted to understand why the Miss America pageant did... More »

Amid #MeToo, a 'Whole New Era' for Miss America

Bye-bye, bikinis

(Newser) - Say goodbye to the swimsuit portion of the 97-year-old Miss America competition, now under female leadership . "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance … and that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition," Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989 and the new... More »

In a First for Miss America, All Top Spots Held by Women

Women hold the top 3 leadership positions after email scandal

(Newser) - The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal in which male officials were caught making vulgar and insulting comments about past winners of the beauty pageant. The organization tells the AP it is appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of... More »

New Head of Miss America Board: Gretchen Carlson

She'll be first former pageant winner to serve as group's leader

(Newser) - New developments in the Miss America scandal that forced out the organization's CEO and other executives after "unacceptable" emails were revealed about past winners. One of the most vocal critics of the pageant's leadership after the revelations was Gretchen Carlson, a past Miss America winner and former... More »

Former Miss America: Board's Offer 'Insulting'

Mallory Hagan says entire panel should quit over email scandal

(Newser) - A former Miss America whose appearance and sex life was ridiculed in emails sent by officials of the Miss America Organization says the group's request to enlist former pageant winners in the search for new leaders is "laughable" and insulting. Mallory Hagan told the AP that the offer... More »

CEO, More Resign Amid Ongoing Miss America Scandal

Pageant loses 4 leaders Saturday

(Newser) - Miss America chairman and CEO Sam Haskell resigned Saturday—just a day after saying he wouldn't, the New York Daily News reports. He was joined by chairman Lynn Weidner, president and COO Josh Randle, and board member Tammy Haddad. The resignations of Miss America leadership come after HuffPo published... More »

Miss America CEO Out After Vulgar Emails Leaked

Emails mocked past contestants' bodies, smarts, and sex lives

(Newser) - The Miss America Organization (MAO) suspended CEO Sam Haskell Friday, one day after the HuffPost broke a story revealing three years of internal emails that have not made former pageant contestants happy. Provided by two unidentified sources, the internal documents between Haskell, board members, and others crudely referenced past winners’... More »

New Miss America Is First Winner From Her State

Miss North Dakota doesn't like Trump's climate policy

(Newser) - Miss North Dakota, a 23-year-old who says President Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, was named Miss America 2018 on Sunday night in Atlantic City. Cara Mund topped a field of 51 contestants. In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump... More »

New Miss America Has Advice for Clinton, Trump

She wants them to focus on compromise

(Newser) - Savvy Shields had only been Miss America for less than an hour, but she already had a clear vision of what she hopes America will look like at the end of her term next year. "I hope that at the end of my year, we're starting to reward... More »

For 1st Time, Miss America Will Have an Openly Gay Contestant

Erin O'Flaherty crowned Miss Missouri

(Newser) - Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri, and she will represent the state at the Miss America pageant later this year, the AP reports. Erin O'Flaherty, 23, was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri, and is the first openly gay woman to be named Miss Missouri,... More »

The View's Nurse Diss Ends Up Costing It Money

Johnson & Johnson, Eggland's Best didn't appreciate co-hosts' comments

(Newser) - One advertiser on The View has "paused" its ads and another has yanked them entirely after controversial remarks about a Miss America contestant made by co-hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins, CNNMoney reports. Johnson & Johnson and Eggland's Best reacted to Monday's segment about Miss Colorado Kelley... More »

The View Disses Nurses, One Responds Perfectly

Hosts mocked Miss Colorado's monologue describing life as a nurse

(Newser) - Miss Georgia's singing talent may have helped her win the Miss America crown , but it was Miss Colorado who made waves with her monologue about being a nurse. Kelley Johnson, who ended as second runner-up, appeared on stage in nurse's scrubs and spoke about caring for Alzheimer's... More »

Vanessa Williams Finally Gets Miss America Apology

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell crowned winner after Tom Brady question

(Newser) - Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell grabbed the crown at last night's Miss America competition, but it was Vanessa Williams who stole most of the spotlight, reports the Washington Post . The singer and actress first rose to fame as the first African-American Miss America in 1983, but was forced out when... More »

Miss America Later Caught in Scandals Dead at 90

Bess Myerson was Jewish, popular, and political

(Newser) - Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her into obscurity, has died. She was 90. Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif, officials say. The Bronx-born Myerson was hailed... More »

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