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Ex-Miss Kentucky Charged With Sending Very Personal Pics

Ramsey Bearse allegedly sent nude pics to a teenager

(Newser) - A former Miss Kentucky who is a teacher in West Virginia has been charged with sending nude pictures to a 15-year-old former student, the AP reports. News outlets report that 28-year-old Ramsey Bearse was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts of distributing or displaying obscene matter to a... More »

Pageant Co-Founder Accused of Making Racist Remarks

4 Mrs. America contestants want an apology from David Marmel

(Newser) - Four contestants in this year's Mrs. America pageant want CEO and co-founder David Marmel to apologize for racially charged comments he allegedly made at a party before the competition. The women say Marmel, who is white, joined a table with four black contestants and told them "black women... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Miss Nebraska Crowned Miss USA

Commentator likened contest to Sophie's Choice

(Newser) - Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska has beaten 50 other women to win the crown at this year's Miss USA competition. Summers, a 23-year-old from Omaha, graduated from Texas Christian University with two degrees and is working on becoming a certified child life specialist. With Monday evening's victory, she... More »

New Miss Universe Will Focus on Self-Defense

Latest winner is from South Africa

(Newser) - Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown Sunday. The 22-year-old, who wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defense causes, was crowned at the AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip, the AP reports. "HIV/AIDS is a very big problem... 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 »

Beauty Queen Told to Lose Weight, Loses Crown Instead

Zoiey Smale gives up UK national title in protest

(Newser) - If she lived in the US, Zoiey Smale would wear a size 6, meaning she's far slimmer than the average American woman, who wears a size 16 . But her thin frame apparently wasn't thin enough for organizers of an international beauty contest. The 28-year-old beauty queen from the... More »

Twitter Goes Nuclear Over Miss USA's Health Care Answer

Newly crowned Kara McCullough said during Q&A health care is 'privilege,' not a right

(Newser) - Miss DC Kara McCullough ascended to the Miss USA throne Sunday, proclaiming, "I love science" after her win, a shoutout to both her own job as a nuclear scientist for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as encouragement to kids considering similar careers. One thing she apparently doesn't... More »

Nuclear Scientist Crowned Miss USA

'I love science,' says Miss DC Kara McCullough

(Newser) - Kara McCullough, a scientist working for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been crowned Miss USA. McCullough, who represented the District of Columbia in the decades-old pageant, was born in Naples, Italy, and raised in Virginia Beach, Va. She says she wants to inspire children to pursue careers in the... More »

France Waited 60 Years for This Miss Universe Crown

Iris Mittenaere says she'll help underprivileged kids get an education

(Newser) - A 23-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown Monday in a pageant held in the Philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school. Iris Mittenaere from Lille city in northern France... More »

Allegations Against Trump Begin to Snowball

Women come forward, and media outlets pounce

(Newser) - Sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump started to snowball Wednesday, with four women coming forward to say he had groped or forced himself on them—and teen beauty pageant contestants accusing him of what they call creepy behavior. Former Miss Vermont Teen USA Mariah Billado is one of several contestants... More »

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 »

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 »

This Is the Face of the 'World's Most Desirable Man'

Rohit Khandelwal first Asian, Indian to be named Mr. World

(Newser) - The "World's Most Desirable Man" is, for the first time, Asian. Rohit Khandelwal, a 26-year-old from Hyderabad, India, was last Tuesday crowned Mr. World, besting 45 other contestants in the process. The Wall Street Journal reports that three years ago he left a job providing technical support for... More »

Texas Beauty Queen Forced to Return Crown

Miss Corpus Christi Latina had checkered past

(Newser) - From scandal to lawsuits to a dethroning, it's safe to say that the inaugural year of the Corpus Christi Latina beauty pageant was not an unqualified success. Acirema Alayeto, Miss America Latina's national director, says Caitlin Cifuentes has had her crown revoked and has been replaced by runner-up... More »

Runners-Up Sue Beauty Pageant Over Winner

Say Caitlin Cifuentes should have been disqualified from Latina contest

(Newser) - Six of the contestants who lost the Miss Corpus Christi Latina Pageant not only think the pageant crowned the wrong winner, they're suing over it. Their lawsuit makes the case that Caitlin Cifuentes, 25, should not have received the crown on June 11 because of her criminal record and... 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 »

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