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She Was Miss Papua New Guinea —Until TikTok Video

Lucy Maino stripped of title after posting video of her twerking

(Newser) - She posted a video of herself twerking on TikTok. That generally wouldn't have been a big deal, but for this 25-year-old, it meant the loss of a crown. Lucy Maino has been stripped of her Miss Papua New Guinea title after sharing the now-deleted video, reports the Guardian . Critics...

After 'Mrs. Sri Lanka' Is Named, a Weird Turn of Events

Mrs. World 2020 declared Pushpika De Silva ineligible and removed her crown

(Newser) - It's an event that's high-profile enough that the prime minister's wife attended. The "Mrs Sri Lanka" pageant unexpectedly ended up being high-drama as well on Sunday night. The BBC calls it the country's "biggest beauty prize," and reports Pushpika De Silva was named...

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...

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...

She'll Serve Life for the Murder of Her Millionaire Husband

Aurea Vazquez Rijos was sentenced Friday

(Newser) - Wedded bliss it was not. Adam Anhang, a 32-year-old Canadian millionaire, had moved to Puerto Rico in the early 2000s intending to try his hand at property development there. The Wharton School of Business grad, who had an estimated $24 million fortune thanks in part to an online gaming company,...

Told to Cover Up, Beauty Queen Turns in Her Crown

Sierra Leyde says tattoos are the new normal

(Newser) - A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos, the AP reports. Sierra Leyde didn't have tattoos when she was named Miss Phelan at age 17. But she celebrated her 18th birthday with tattoos of flowers...

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...

A Murder Charge 11 Years After Teacher Disappeared

Ryan Duke was arrested Wednesday in connection with Tara Grinstead's murder

(Newser) - Eleven years after a high-school teacher and former beauty queen went missing in rural Georgia, an arrest has been made, CBS News reports. Ryan Duke, 33, was charged with murder Thursday in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead in October 2005. According to WSB-TV , someone came into the sheriff'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Miss Honduras Found Dead
 Miss Honduras Found Dead 
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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...

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...

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...

Miss Nebraska Teen Vanishes
 Miss Nebraska Teen Vanishes 

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'...

Miss NY Calls Miss America 'Fat As..."

 Miss NY Calls
 Miss America 
 'Fat As..."
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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,...

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...

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...

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