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Miss World Japan Called 'Dirty' for Being Biracial

Priyanka Yoshikawa wants to 'change perceptions'

(Newser) - Growing up in Japan, "everyone thought I was a germ. Like, if they touched me they would be touching something bad," says Priyanka Yoshikawa. It's an experience she wants no one else to endure. The half-Indian, half-Japanese English teacher crowned Miss World Japan on Monday has promised... 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 »

Beauty Queen May Have Stabbed Pro Soccer Player

But it's a DUI that could cost her the crown

(Newser) - A beauty queen may have stabbed a professional soccer player, allegedly, but it's an entirely different offense that's putting her crown in jeopardy, KING5 reports. Last month, police arrived at a Seattle apartment occupied by Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler and professional soccer player Marco Pappa. Pappa had... More »

Beauty Queen Jailed on Fake Cancer Charges

Her alleged fraud netted her quite the bingo benefit

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Pennsylvania beauty queen is in jail after allegedly faking leukemia in order to reap the benefits of fundraisers. Miss Pennsylvania US International pageant winner Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates was charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property yesterday. Police say she received $14,000 from a bingo benefit... More »

Cops: A Jealous Boyfriend Killed Miss Honduras

It wasn't her boyfriend but her sister's, say police

(Newser) - Police say they've solved the murders of Miss Honduras and her sister , and the alleged motive is a boyfriend's jealousy. Authorities say that the reigning beauty queen, Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia, 23, were shot to death by Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, 26, reports... More »

Miss Honduras Found Dead

Maria Jose Alvarado was set to compete in Miss World

(Newser) - Maria Jose Alvarado, the reigning Miss Honduras who went missing days before she was set to leave for London to prep for the Miss World pageant, was today found dead along with her sister, the BBC reports. Alvarado, 19, and sister Sofia Trinidad, 23, were last seen getting into a... More »

Beauty Queen Vanishes Before Miss World Pageant

Honduran police detain 4 people for questioning

(Newser) - Honduran police have apprehended four people in the case of a beauty queen who went missing mere weeks before she was supposed to compete for the Miss World title, the Telegraph reports. Maria Jose Alvarado, the reigning Miss Honduras, hasn't been seen since attending a party in Honduras on... More »

Pageant: Beauty Queen Stole $100K Crown

May Myat Noe is accused of lying and cheating

(Newser) - Organizers of an Asian beauty pageant say their now-deposed queen is a rude liar who stole their $100,000 bejewelled crown, Australia's News Network reports. In a statement, the Asia Pacific World pageant accuse May Myat Noe of disrespecting the organization and turning a planned 10-day trip to Seoul... More »

Miss Nebraska Teen Vanishes

Family says Michaela Wells took out trash and never came back

(Newser) - Family members are fearful and police are stumped after the disappearance of a beauty queen who apparently vanished while taking out the trash Sunday night. Michaela Wells, 2013 winner of the USA National Miss Nebraska Teen competition, told her family she was going outside around 8:30pm and she hasn'... 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 »

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 »

Mexico: Slain Beauty Queen Had Gun in Her Hands

But investigators suspect she was used as human shield

(Newser) - A Mexican beauty queen killed in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and soldiers likely was being used as a human shield, a federal official says. Maria Susana Flores Gamez, crowned 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in February, came out of the car first with a gun in her hands during... More »

Mexican Beauty Queen Killed in Shootout

20-year-old may have fired back at army

(Newser) - A Mexican beauty queen was shot dead in a gun battle between the military and the drug traffickers she was traveling with, a crime that echoed a recent hit Mexican movie. The body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez, the 20-year-old winner of a statewide beauty contest in Sinaloa, was found... More »

Ex Miss Venezuela Dead of Cancer at 28

Eva Ekvall fought to raise breast cancer awareness

(Newser) - Eva Ekvall was many things in her short life—a mother, an actress, a TV news anchor and, at the age of 17, Miss Venezuela. But she will be best remembered for her fight against breast cancer, which raised awareness of the disease among thousands of ordinary Venezuelans. Ekvall, who... More »

Beauty Queen Gains Weight, Loses Crown

Teenage Miss San Antonio fighting to keep title

(Newser) - A teenage beauty queen in Texas is suing to keep her crown, after she was stripped of her title for—in part—gaining weight. Domonique Ramirez, 17, won the local pageant in April, but was informed last month that the runner-up would take her place as Miss San Antonio—meaning... More »

Beauty Queen Loses Crown for Going Brunette

Olivia O'Neil didn't 'maintain her image'

(Newser) - A New Zealand teen beauty queen was stripped of her title for the unimaginable offense of...dyeing her hair brown. Olivia O'Neil, whose hair had "white-blonde streaks" when she won the pageant, posted a picture on Facebook of her new darker 'do. Pageant organizer Barbara Osborne posted several comments,... More »

Colombian Narco-Beauty Queen Busted

Cops: Model was ringleader of drug trafficking gang

(Newser) - Colombia's one-time Coffee Queen became queen bee of a gang that recruited models to smuggle cocaine from South America to Europe, police say. Angie Sanclemente Valencia was busted in Argentina yesterday after being on the run for 5 months, the BBC reports. Valencia, 30, was stripped of her title in... More »

Carrie Prejean 'Opposite' Engaged to NFL QB

Ex-Miss California, high-profile gay-marriage foe, will wed Kyle Boller

(Newser) - Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean—who gained fame for her stance on "opposite marriage" and subsequent sex-tape revelations—is engaged. To a man. St. Louis Rams quarterback Kyle Boller, 28, popped the question yesterday after just 7 months of dating, E! reports. More »

Beauty Queen Dies After Cosmetic Surgery

Ex-Miss Argentina 'dies for a firmer behind'

(Newser) - Former Miss Argentina Solana Magnano died in Buenos Aires this weekend after suffering complications from cosmetic surgery on her buttocks. The 38-year-old mother of twins died after fluid injected as part of the procedure went to her lungs and brain, AP reports. A former chief of the Buenos Aires association... More »

McSteamy, Gayheart Nudie Video Hits the Net

(Newser) - Grey's Anatomy's "Dr. McSteamy" is starring in a nudie video with his wife and an ex-beauty queen that's heating up the Internet, Gawker reports. Eric Dane shares camera duties with wife Rebecca Gayheart and looker-cum-Hollywood-madame Kari Ann Peniche as the three act high and riff on their "porn... More »

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