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Moms of Former Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Speak Up
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After Miss USA, Miss Teen USA Step Down, Moms Speak Up

Beauty queens are still bound by confidentiality agreements after abrupt resignations

(Newser) - After the abrupt resignation of Miss USA 2023 , followed quickly thereafter by the resignation of Miss Teen USA 2023 , the moms of both are speaking out on behalf of their daughters, who are bound contractually by confidentiality clauses. Current title holders from the 50 other state pageants expressed support for...

Miss USA Lets It Rip in Resignation Letter

She accuses CEO and President Laylah Rose of creating a toxic work environment

(Newser) - We no longer have to read between the lines to understand why Miss USA Noelia Voigt suddenly resigned this week . The first title holder in the pageant's history to voluntarily step down accuses Miss USA CEO and President Laylah Rose of disparaging her and ignoring a case of sexual...

Miss USA 2023 Abruptly Resigns
Miss USA 2023
Abruptly Resigns

Miss USA 2023 Abruptly Resigns

'Never compromise your physical and mental well-being,' Noelia Voigt says

(Newser) - Noelia Voigt, who was crowned Miss USA 2023 last September, announced Monday that she has made the "very tough decision" to resign. In an Instagram post, the 24-year-old said she strongly values "the importance of making decisions that feel best for you and your mental health," USA ...

Miss USA Crowned Miss Universe
Miss USA Crowned
Miss Universe

Miss USA Crowned Miss Universe

R'Bonney Gabriel teaches sewing to human trafficking survivors

(Newser) - R'Bonney Gabriel, a fashion designer, model, and sewing instructor from Texas who competition officials said is the first Filipino American to win Miss USA, was crowned Miss Universe on Saturday night. Gabriel closed her eyes and clasped hands with runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel, at the moment of the...

Cheslie Kryst's Text: 'I Wish I Could Stay With You But I Cannot'

Mom April Simpkins appeared on Red Table Talk

(Newser) - The mother of former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst was on plane rushing to be with her daughter when police confirmed the 30-year-old had died by suicide . April Simpkins spoke of her daughter's death and that January day on Wednesday on Red Table Talk , the Facebook Watch show helmed by...

Cheslie Kryst Kept Depression Hidden

Mother says no one knew until just before the former Miss USA died

(Newser) - Cheslie Kryst, the former Miss USA and TV correspondent who died last weekend, had been struggling with depression, her mother said Wednesday. Kryst's death was a suicide, April Simpkins said. "In her private life, she was dealing with high-functioning depression which she hid from everyone—including me, her...

Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst Dies in Apparent Suicide
Former Miss USA
Cheslie Kryst
Found Dead in NYC

Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst Found Dead in NYC

Police say the 30-year-old lawyer died in an apparent suicide

(Newser) - Cheslie Kryst, winner of the Miss USA title in 2019 , has died in an apparent suicide. NBC News reports New York City police say the body of the 30-year-old lawyer was found on West 42nd Street around 7am Sunday. Police say she apparently jumped from a terrace on the 29th...

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...

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