Miss America

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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 »

Source: Sorority Expelled Miss America for Hazing

Kira Kazantsev says she was wrongly accused

(Newser) - Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority at Hofstra University last year, and it wasn't for banging plastic cups around , a source tells Jezebel . According to the source, the future Miss America and a friend were expelled from the sorority for hazing pledges, who were "... More »

New Miss America's Talent Involves Red Plastic Cup

Kira Kazantsev wins after non-traditional talent performance

(Newser) - Miss New York Kira Kazantsev didn't exactly showcase a traditional talent last night in Atlantic City—but she was still crowned Miss America, despite what the AP calls a social media "furor" over her performance. Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" ... while sitting on the floor banging... More »

'Too Old' Beauty Queen Sues Miss America Pageant

Longacre seeks $500K, return of Miss Delaware crown

(Newser) - The 24-year-old beauty queen stripped of her Miss Delaware title for being too old is suing national and local pageant organizers to get her crown back. Amanda Longacre will still be 24 when the Miss America pageant is held in September, but she turns 25 the next month and says... More »

At 24, Miss Delaware Is Too Old, Say Officials

Amanda Longacre stripped of crown over age mistake

(Newser) - Yet another beauty pageant scandal: Less than two weeks after Amanda Longacre was crowned Miss Delaware, she's been stripped of the title because pageant officials say she's too old. Longacre is 24, and will still be 24 when the Miss America pageant is held in September—and she... More »

5 Beauty Pageant Scandals

Miss USA Nia Sanchez is the latest to mess up

(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
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Miss America: Don't Suspend Guy Who Asked Me to Prom

She says she's flattered but she can't make it

(Newser) - Miss America won't be going to the prom with the Pennsylvania high school student who asked her to be his date—but she wants the school to reconsider its decision to suspend him for asking . "I was flattered by the gesture although I am unfortunately unable to attend... More »

School Suspends Teen for Asking Miss America to Prom

Nina Davuluri spoke at his high school

(Newser) - A high school senior's stunt to land a prom date has earned him three days' suspension instead, reports AP . That's because the would-be date just happened to be Miss America Nina Davuluri , who spoke at Pennsylvania's Central York High School. In a question-and-answer session that followed her... More »

Miss America Crowned, Hit With Racist Tweets

Nina Davuluri is first winner of Indian heritage

(Newser) - For the first time, we have a Miss America of Indian descent. "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," said Nina Davuluri in a press conference after winning last night. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a... More »

Miss NY Calls Miss America 'Fat As..."

Nina Davuluri's alleged remarks revealed

(Newser) - Drama alert: A new Miss America will be crowned Sunday ... and Miss New York allegedly thinks it's about time. Sources tell the New York Post that Nina Davuluri was recorded as calling current Miss America Mallory Hagan "fat as [bleep]." It allegedly happened back on July 16,... More »

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