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Meet the First Transgender Miss USA Contestant

Kataluna Enriquez was just crowned Miss Nevada in another first

(Newser) - For the first time in the history of the Miss Nevada pageant, an openly transgender woman has nabbed the crown. Kataluna Enriquez bested 21 other women to become the first openly transgender Miss Nevada at a ceremony at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, per USA ...

A Big First in the Beauty Pageant Arena

After Miss Jamaica wins Miss World, black women now hold titles in all 5 major beauty pageants

(Newser) - This year was "historic" in the beauty pageant world, per the Washington Post , capped off by a win by Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh in the Miss World contest Saturday. What Singh's victory means beyond her own event is that, for the first time ever, the titles of all...

3 Top Pageant Winners Have Something in Common

Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America are all black

(Newser) - When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown , it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America, the AP reports. The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic triple Thursday with pageant...

She's a Lawyer Who Represents Inmates. And Now, Miss USA

Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina wins 2019 crown

(Newser) - A 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free won the Miss USA title Thursday night. Asked in the final round to use one word to summarize her generation, Cheslie Kryst of Charlotte said "innovative," reports the AP . "I'm standing here in Nevada,...

Miss USA Takes Heat for Comments About Contestants

She mocked Miss Vietnam's lack of English

(Newser) - Miss USA has apologized for insensitivity after traveling to Thailand for the Miss Universe pageant and expressing amusement at the fact that other contestants didn't speak English perfectly. The Diet Prada Instagram account shared a video of Sarah Rose Summers discussing Miss Cambodia with two other contestants, saying: "...

Miss Nebraska Crowned Miss USA
Miss Nebraska
Crowned Miss USA

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...

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...

New Miss USA Is Nuclear Scientist
Nuclear Scientist
Crowned Miss USA

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

5 Beauty Pageant Scandals
 5 Beauty Pageant Scandals 

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
...

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,...

Black Belt Crowned Miss USA
 Black Belt Crowned Miss USA 

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...

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...

Accountant Is New Miss USA

 Miss USA: 
 New Winner, 
 New Gaffe 
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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....

Miss USA Wins Miss Universe
 Miss USA Wins Miss Universe 

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...

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