Miss Universe

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How Miss Universe Connected Trump Jr. With Russian Lawyer

A request allegedly led to a request

(Newser) - As his father often does, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter in the wake of his headline-grabbing admission that he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last year after being told she had information that could help his father's campaign. "Obviously I'm the first person on a... More »

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 »

Miss Teen USA Is Ditching Its Swimsuits

Athletic wear will replace swimwear at this year's pageant

(Newser) - Miss Teen USA is putting its money where its mouth is. After years of claiming the swimsuit portion of the competition was meant to put women's athleticism on display, USA Today reports the pageant is finally doing away with swimsuits altogether. Instead, contestants will appear in athletic wear or... More »

Miss Universe: I'm Not Sharing the Crown, Thanks

Pia Wurtzbach talks to 'Good Morning America'

(Newser) - Pia Wurtzbach gave her first sit-down as Miss Universe to Good Morning America on Monday, and she graciously pooh-poohed the idea that's been making the rounds that she should perhaps share the crown with runner-up, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, who was briefly and incorrectly crowned Miss Universe . "I... 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 »

After Miss Universe Flub, Conspiracy Theories Abound

While Miss Colombia wins praise for her 'grace and class'

(Newser) - Maybe the only thing more unusual than the Miss Universe pageant crowning the wrong winner is that people are actually talking about the Miss Universe pageant. A sampling:
  • Pageant truthers: It didn't take long for the conspiracy theories to begin, notes the Washington Post . One tweet with a common
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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 »

New Envoy to the FARC Peace Talks? Miss Universe

Guerrillas would like to take Paulina Vega up on offer to attend Havana talks

(Newser) - Last month, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe . This month, the guerrilla rebels that have been locked in a bloody fight with her nation's government for a half-century said they would like her to sit down at the negotiating table and end the conflict. As Reuters reports,... More »

Miss Universe Selfie Causes International Uproar

Miss Lebanon claims she was photobombed by Miss Israel

(Newser) - Politics haven't been left behind at this year's Miss Universe pageant, where a selfie taken by Miss Israel is becoming an international incident. After Doron Matalon posted the photo of herself with Miss Lebanon, Miss Slovenia, and Miss Japan on Instagram , Lebanese beauty queen Saly Greige faced calls... More »

Miss World Banishes the Bikini

'I don't need to see women walking up and down in bikinis,' contest chairwoman says

(Newser) - Just days after South Africa's Rolene Strauss won this year's crown , Miss World organizers have announced it will no longer feature the swimsuit portion of the contest, reports the New York Daily News . Next year's competition will be the first year in the event's 63-year history... 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 »

In Scandal, Miss Delaware Teen USA Gives Up Crown

Sex video surfaces, but Melissa King says it's not her

(Newser) - One way to lose your Miss Delaware Teen USA crown: star in a sex video. Melissa King is not admitting she did just that, but she has given up her crown after questions about an online sex video were raised. A porn website posted the video, which it claims stars... More »

2nd Contestant Claims Miss USA Was Rigged

Source says Miss Florida Karina Brez shared list of Top 5 backstage

(Newser) - 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... More »

Miss Pa. Quits, Says Pageant Is Rigged

Trump threatens to sue, says she opposes transgender policy

(Newser) - Donald Trump says he's going to sue Miss Pennsylvania, after she resigned in a huff from the Miss USA pageant and the Miss Universe Organization. "I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in... More »

Transgender Miss Universe Beauty Ends in Top 12

Jenna Talackova also named Canada contest's Miss Congeniality

(Newser) - The first-ever transgender contestant in a Miss Universe pageant lost—but finished in the top 12 of 61 participants. Jenna Talackova failed to make the cut to the final five in the Canada contest, but was one of four contestants named Miss Congeniality, reports People . Talackova was born a male... 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 »

Trump on Love: Poor Boyfriend? Dump Him

'Celebrity Apprentice' host gives some advice to Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza

(Newser) - Last night on Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump made it clear that his thoughts on love are ... pretty much what you'd expect. The host asked Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, one of the celebrity competitors, if she has "lots of boyfriends." Upon hearing that she has just one, the... 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 »

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