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Miss Florida Lost Her Crown, Now She Wants $15M

Pageant claims Genesis Davila used unsanctioned hair and makeup artists

(Newser) - A beauty queen who had her sash and crown stripped from her last month is seeking $15 million in damages, People reports. Genesis Davila was named Miss Florida USA 2017 on July 16. Her reign lasted all of six days. Pageant executive director Grant Gravitt tells the Miami Herald he... More »

Miss North Dakota 2003 Found Dead in Minneapolis

Police report on Samantha Edwards' death cited no signs of trauma

(Newser) - Police responding to a call early Tuesday found 2003's Miss North Dakota USA dead in a Minneapolis home. Samantha "Sami" Edwards' cause of death has not been revealed, but KARE11 reports a police report did not cite any visible signs of trauma. A friend reportedly found Edwards, 37,... More »

New Miss USA Is Army Officer

DC's Deshauna Barber will take a break from the Reserve

(Newser) - The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. "As a woman in the United States Army, I think ... we are just as tough as men. As a... More »

Trump a No-Show as Miss Oklahoma Wins Miss USA

He claimed he had campaign business to attend to

(Newser) - Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned Miss USA last night, beating out 50 other contestants and overcoming weeks of controversy generated by pageant co-owner Donald Trump to win the 64th annual pageant. The 26-year-old winner was followed by first runner-up Ylianna Guerra, 22, of Texas, and second runner-up Anea Garcia,... More »

Trump's Miss USA Pageant Finds New Home

It will air July 12 on Reelz channel

(Newser) - NBC's loss is another channel's gain, apparently: Independent network Reelz has acquired the rights to the Miss USA pageant, which CEO Stan Hubbard hails as "an integral part of American tradition." He made no mention of the anti-Mexico comments that caused NBC, Univision , and a... 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 »

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 USA Doesn't Know Her State Capital

Last we checked, Nevada's capital was not 'Oh, um, ah, oh my gosh'

(Newser) - Congratulations, America: You have crowned a Miss USA who doesn't know the capital of her own state. Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada as well as Miss USA, went on The Todd Show Monday and, during a quiz on the radio show, was asked to name Nevada's capital. Her response,... More »

Black Belt Crowned Miss USA

Self-defense is important, says Nevada's Nia Sanchez

(Newser) - Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014 last night. The 24-year-old from Las Vegas beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia for the title of 63rd Miss USA. First runner-up... More »

Stop Snickering at Miss Utah Over Flub

Linda Holmes: It wasn't a measure of intelligence, just her ability to create 'cow patties'

(Newser) - Miss Utah got to go on the Today show this morning for a second crack at the question that she flubbed at the recent Miss USA pageant. This time around, Marissa Powell gave a far more polished response, which KSL.com has in more detail. Good for her, but the... More »

Miss USA: New Winner, New Gaffe

Plus: Miss Utah wants to 'create education better'

(Newser) - The new Miss USA is a woman more accustomed to spreadsheets than catwalks: Erin Brady, a 25-year-old accountant and the current Miss Connecticut. Brady won last night after answering a question about the recent Supreme Court decision upholding widespread DNA swabbing , which she said she agreed with, the AP reports.... More »

Miss USA Wins Miss Universe

Olivia Culpo's win is first for US in 15 years

(Newser) - For the first time since 1997, Miss USA has won the Miss Universe pageant. Rhode Island's Olivia Culpo, 20, ended last night's competition in Las Vegas ahead of 88 other contestants. "It's such an honor to be representing the USA in an international beauty contest in... More »

Miss USA Loser Must Pay $5M for Defaming Pageant

Sheena Monnin claimed Miss USA was rigged

(Newser) - The former Miss Pennsylvania will pay a steep price for claiming the Miss USA pageant was rigged : An arbitrator has ordered Sheena Monnin to pay the Donald Trump-owned pageant organization $5 million for defaming it. The arbitrator found that Monnin was "disgruntled" after failing to make it out of... 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 USA Sources Share Ugly Texts From Miss Pa.

Sheena Monnin allegedly implied Miss Colorado, Miss SC were ugly

(Newser) - Today, in take-this-with-a-grain-of-salt news: TMZ , by way of Miss USA "sources," has gotten its hands on a series of text messages that the former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin supposedly sent to a pageant official during the competition itself. The texts reiterate Monnin's claims that the competition was... 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 »

Miss USA 2010 Was Way Above Legal Limit

...and driving with a half-empty bottle of champagne

(Newser) - And the story of Rima Fakih's arrest gets worse: The former Miss USA was allegedly speeding and weaving through traffic when she was pulled over about 2:15am Saturday ... with a half-empty bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne behind the driver's seat of the 2011 Jaguar she was... More »

Miss USA 2010 Busted for DUI

Rima Fakih arrested over the weekend

(Newser) - This scandal is a bit worse than having a stripper past : Miss USA 2010, Rima Fakih, was arrested over the weekend in Michigan and faces drunken driving charges. Oddly, Fakih initially attempted to deny the reports, tweeting yesterday: "Let's clear things up now. ... I'm NOT in Michigan... More »

'History Geek' Named Miss USA

Miss California Alyssa Campanella wins the title

(Newser) - Miss California Alyssa Campanella, a self-described “huge history geek,” was named Miss USA at the Las Vegas pageant last night. The 21-year-old formerly represented New Jersey in the Miss Teen USA contest in 2007, but moved to Los Angeles a year and a half ago and plans to... More »

Miss Wisconsin Resigns After ID Theft Charges

Shaletta Porterfield pleads not guilty, but still has to give up her crown

(Newser) - A Wisconsin beauty pageant winner's quest to become Miss USA has been derailed now that she's been charged with three counts of identity theft, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . When working for a marketing company last summer, Shaletta Porterfield allegedly faked the signatures of three business owners on... More »

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