Miss USA photo scandal

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Miss Universe Contestants Go Topless

It's another photo scandal, this time with body paint

(Newser) - Topless photos of a few Miss Universe contestants have emerged...but these are no secret. Like the Miss USA pageant before it , the Miss Universe pageant itself released the racy pictures of the ladies covered in body paint and little else. One female VP justifies it by calling the women... More »

She's Not the First Arab-American Miss USA

Julie Hayek, of Lebanese descent, won in 1983

(Newser) - When Rima Fakih became Miss USA on Sunday, she was widely reported to be the first Arab-American to do so. In fact, Julie Hayek, whose father is Lebanese, won in 1983, notes USA Today . It's not clear whether Hayek also is Muslim, so Fakih may yet claim that "first.... More »

Miss USA's Past Title: Best Stripper

Rima Fakih won 'Stripper 101' contest in 2007

(Newser) - Another year, another Miss USA, another scandal? Maybe. Depends on how long it takes for the buzz to shift from the fact that Michigan's Rima Fakih is the first Arab-American to wear the crown to the fact that she won an entirely different competition in 2007—a stripper contest. TMZ... More »

Miss USA's Racy Photos: Should We Be Scandalized?

Is the pageant getting slutty, or owning up to its true aspirations?

(Newser) - Last year, Miss USA organizers fretted about too-sexy photos; this year, they're pushing them . Should we be scandalized? Some opinions:
  • It's what the girls want, explains pageant president Paula Shugart on the Today Show . "A lot of these women aspire to be models, the dream job for them would
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