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'It's Us Who Will Be Attacked': Beauty Pageant Has Rare Agenda

Miss Muslimah USA is breaking boundaries in Michigan

(Newser) - "I am a Muslim feminist. Many people think those two words are incompatible, but I am here to prove you wrong." So said 22-year-old Zeytuna Mohamed after taking the stage last July at the Miss Muslimah USA pageant in Dearborn, Michigan—a little-known event that casts a fresh... More »

Beauty Queen Trades Crown for Stethoscope

Bhasha Mukherjee cut her humanitarian work short to return to UK and her old job as a doctor

(Newser) - Bhasha Mukherjee was crowned Miss England last year—but with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the UK, she has now returned from the overseas charity work she was doing so that she can work as a doctor in her home country. Mukherjee was a junior doctor, but took a break from... More »

Science Demonstration Clinches Win for Miss America

'Miss America is someone who needs to educate'

(Newser) - The new Miss America is the fourth Miss Virginia to wear the crown—and the first candidate to perform a science demonstration in front of judges. "Miss America is someone who needs to educate," 24-year-old biochemist Camille Schrier told the judges after a colorful demonstration of the catalytic... More »

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... More »

Ms. Nevada Loses Crown Over Her Facebook Posts

Katie Williams describes 'hypocrisy' at Ms. America pageant

(Newser) - Organizers of the Ms. America pageant say Ms. Nevada was stripped of her crown for violating social media rules. Katie Williams says her conservative values are really at the root of the move. "I just don't understand how you can censor someone ... when I'm not even really... More »

Dethroned Miss Michigan Says Liberals Can't Accept Her Views

Kathy Zhu defends tweets that cost her crown

(Newser) - Even before she returned the crown and sash, Kathy Zhu said she doesn't regret the social media posts that cost her the Miss Michigan crown last week. Zhu held the title for one day before she received a text from a pageant official saying: "Do not go out... More »

Beauty Queen Loses Her Crown Over Tweets

Kathy Zhu says she's 'seen this happen before'

(Newser) - For one beauty queen, her tweets meant her crown. Kathy Zhu, 20, has been told she's no longer Miss Michigan 2019 because her "social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content." Zhu blames her remarks about hijabs and black violence for the uncrowning: "I have... More »

Beauty Queen: Gambia's Ex-Dictator Raped Me

Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow says sexual assault at hands of Yahya Jammeh happened 4 years ago

(Newser) - A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, said she plans to testify later this year before Gambia's... More »

She Was Told She'd Never Have Friends. Now, a Beauty Pageant First

Rachel Barcellona will be first contestant with autism to compete for Miss Florida title

(Newser) - When Rachel Barcellona was young, she received a devastating diagnosis: She had autism, and her family was told she would likely never graduate from any school, nor make friends. Now, WFLA details a big event coming up for the 22-year-old University of South Florida student: the Miss Florida beauty pageant,... More »

Another Shake-Up at Miss America

Gretchen Carlson stepping down as board chairwoman

(Newser) - Pageant officials got their wish : Gretchen Carlson is stepping down as board chairwoman of the Miss America Organization after more than a year , reports the AP . The former Fox News host and former Miss America says in a statement Wednesday that she has helped make the organization more relevant. She'... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

Miss Teen Universe Winner Dead at Age 20

Lotte van der Zee appeared to be in good health

(Newser) - A former Miss Teen Universe has died after suffering a totally unexpected heart attack two weeks ago, People reports. Lotte van der Zee was hospitalized and suffered organ failure before her death Wednesday at age 20. "Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:... More »

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: "... More »

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 »

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